Natrona County had already jumped out to an early 18-6 lead on Tuesday night by the time Seth Cisneros took to the mat at the new Natrona County High School gym to wrestle Brylie Skillings at 152 pounds. Cisneros missed last weekend’s meets so this was his first match of the season. He was only slightly nervous.
But on the initial tie-up with Skillings, Cisneros felt his right shoulder pop out. It’s the same shoulder that he injured during football, forcing him into hours spent in the trainer’s room. He popped the shoulder back in but he didn’t want to continue.
Cisernos took two injury timeouts for his shoulder, both in the first period. He knew another timeout would cost his team points so he gutted the rest out, eventually coming through with the pinfall at 4 minutes, 36 seconds in the Mustangs’ 68-6 win.
“It shows to set the pace for the rest of the year that we’re tough,” Cisneros said. “Especially in things like this when you have to wrestle or you cost your team six points. That could be the difference between a win or a lose in a dual.”
Natrona County head coach Scott Russell checked on the senior in both of the injury timeouts. He considered the missed first weekend and recalled how it feels to wrestle in someone’s first match of the season.
“It’s hard going out there for the first time and you think you’re in shape and you think you’re ready to go,” Russell said, “your adrenaline gets going, your lungs feel like they’re shrinking, taste of blood and everything else. That’s normally what happens with the very first match.”
Cisneros and Skillings traded takedown and reversal in the first period before the second injury timeout with 7 seconds left. The two went into the break tied 2-2 and stayed neck-and-neck until Cisneros nearly gained a pinfall in the waning seconds. Skillings was able to keep his shoulders off the mat just long enough for the final horn to sound the end of the second.
An opening third-period reversal gave Cisneros the momentum back and he finally scored the pin.
“I think Seth’s going to be fine,” Russell said. “That was a good one to work through.”
The first three matches went to the Mustangs, only one of them by forfeit. Wade Charron scored a pinfall win at 132 in under a minute and Paulo Charron won by technical fall.
After Cisneros’ match, the rest of the dominoes fell. Bryer Benham (160) held on to win by decision before Brett Brenton (170) scored the pin. Wyatt Atkinson, Yahav Schraiber, Tom Parke, and Landon Roberts all won their matches as well.
Cyruss Meeks, Dylan Anderson and Dan Slack all won their respective weight classes by forfeit.