TORRINGTON – The Wheatland Middle School wrestling team wrapped up their season this past weekend at the Torrington Invitational. Torrington hosted schools from eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. Due to illness and absence, Wheatland would only field 13 wrestlers, the smallest team at the invitational. Despite low numbers, the Bulldogs would send eight wrestlers to the medal round and four to the championship match.
At 75 pounds, Cooper Meyer would finish third in a dominating 7-3 win over Torrington. In the match of the day, Waylon Milnes (80 pounds) would dispatch previously undefeated Chris Gamino from Scottsbluff in a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory to take 1st place. At 80 pounds, Tripp Vigil would take the 1st place medal with a last second takedown in regulation to win 4-2. At 120 lbs, 7th grader Lucas Resh would battle for the championship in a back and forth match against Braydon Swanson of Douglas. Previously this season, pinned twice by Swanson, Resh would continue his late season improvement and take the match to overtime, falling just short 5-3 to finish second. At 127 pounds, Jacob Hyche battled through the consolation bracket to finish fourth. Kade Coates would pin his way to the championship match at 133 lbs, falling to a tough Nebraska wrestler 12-4 in the final to finish 2nd. At 145 pounds, Brock Peasley would lose 10-9 in the semifinals in a heartbreaker to eventual champion Justin Warren of Torrington. Brock would battle back to take third place with a 13-4 victory in his final match. At 152, newcomer Caleb Hyche would show tremendous gains this year as he battled to the final seconds of overtime in 5-3 loss in the third place match to finish fourth.
Waylon Milnes would lead the team this year with a 22-1 record. Tripp Vigil would finish the season with 20 victories followed by Cooper Meyer, Kade Coates and Brock Peasley who all finished with 18 victories.