Published Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:03 am
Torrington wrestlers place sixth

CASPER, Wyo. — The Torrington wrestling team earned a sixth-place finish at the Wyoming 3A state tournament on Saturday in Casper, Wyo.

Nine Trailblazers won medals.

Leading the way with third-place finishes were Justin Polkowske at 132 pounds and Benjamin Loya at 160. Polkowske, who finished the season with a record of 42-12, claimed his third-place medal with a 7-2 decision over Cody’s Austin Gifford. Loya (30-12) pinned Jackson’s Ben Flickinger in a time of 3 minutes, 33 seconds in their third-place match.

Torrington’s Jacob Hatley placed fourth at 152. Hatley ended his season with a record of 37-9.

Three Blazers finished fifth. They included Andrew Jarvis at 170, Evan Ponce at 182, and Jackson Reifschneider at 285.

Placing sixth for Torrington were Jordan Britton at 138, Michael Newman at 195, and Wyatt Bergeson at 220.

Powell won the 3A title and Star Valley finished second.

In the 2A state tournament, Lingle-Ft. Laramie finished eighth. Southeast followed in ninth, Burns/Pine Bluffs was 10th, and Lusk was 17th.

Lingle-Ft. Laramie’s Riggin McIntosh finished second at 220. McIntosh lost his championship match to Dubois’ Cody Flynn by pin in a time of 4:38.

Two other Doggers claimed medals. Thomas Garvie placed third at 106 and Wyatt Hageman ended fourth at 145.

Lusk’s Colby Thurston earned a runner-up finish. Thurston was pinned by Dubois’ Sterling Baker in a time of 3:56 in the 195 final.

The Tigers’ Zane Hladky finished fourth at 182.

Southeast ended with four state medalists. Wyatt Somsen led the way with a third-place finish at 182. Also for the Cyclones, Colten Stees was fourth at 195, Julian Preston finished sixth at 160, and Travis Jinks was sixth at 170.

Burns/Pine Bluffs also finished with four medalists. Tyler Pohlman earned a fourth-place finish at 113 to lead the charge. Kaleb O’Connor at 160 and Cecil Brockman at 182 both finished fifth. Nolan Schindler ended sixth at 195.

Moorcroft/Hulett won the 2A team title. Cokeville finished second.

The 4A team championship was won by Campbell County. Cheyenne East finished second.

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