DOUGLAS - Wheatland's wrestlers were ready to come back from Christmas break and wrestle Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
However, last week's storm prevented Laramie from coming over for the Dawg's first home dual Thursday. The team instead used Thursday night to practice as usual in preparation for the Shane Shatto Memorial Tournament in Douglas Friday and Saturday.
Thankfully, Friday brought dry roads and Wheatland, along with 24 other teams from across the state and into Colorado, made their way to the home of the Bearcats to start the two-day tournament. Wheatland's JV team had 6 wrestlers and the Varsity team had 9 wrestlers while the girls on the team competed in exhibition matches.
Varsity's Devin Weber and Mauriccio Grimaldo were the only two from Wheatland not to receive a bye in the first round of matches Friday. Grimaldo, 132, and Weber, 138, each moved forward after winning their matches. The second round proved tough for Wheatland with only Weber winning his match and Jake Hicks receiving another bye to advance.
In the quarterfinals, Weber fell to #1 ranked Osborne of Sheridan and Hicks won his first match of the day with a pin. Maxx Meyer earned his first pin of the tournament in the third round of consolation matches and Waylon Milnes and Jake Baker received byes advancing them to the next round.
Meyer and Weber each moved forward after the fourth round of consolation matches continuing on through the fifth round as well. In the consolation semifinals, Weber won, moving him into position to wrestle for third and fourth place. Meyer lost his match, but was still in it for fifth and sixth place. Meanwhile, Hicks advanced into the finals by way of an opponent medical forfeit.
The last three matches of the day for Wheatland resulted in a win from Weber earning third place, a win from Meyer securing a fifth-place finish and a loss from Hicks who walked away with second place. On the JV team, Jay Downes placed third in the 126–127-pound weight class, with two pins. The Dawgs have another busy week ahead with a dual in Mitchell Thursday and then travel to Green River Friday and Saturday.