This past weekend brought the start of the winter sports season, which means wrestlers from across the region collided at Cheyenne East for annual season-opening Charlie Lake Invitational.
Eaton, Colorado cross the border and went home with the team victory but Kelly Walsh finished a comfortable second. Cheyenne East took third and a trio of Wyoming schools rounded out the top 10 — Torrington, Cheyenne Central and Douglas, respectively.
Aside from the team results, some standout individuals started their seasons.
East sophomore standout Landon Trujillo jumped out to a hot start and finished second at 106 pounds. He wrestled at both 106 and 113 last year, starting his freshman campaign by winning the Charlie Lake JV meet. Cheyenne Central junior Isaac Lopez finished fourth at 106.
Kelly Walsh junior Lane Jackson earned third at 113 pounds with a pinfall victory. Douglas’ Nycholas Melchor earned fifth at 113 and Glenrock’s Tate Stoddard took fifth at 120.
Noah Hone finished second at his first varsity meet, as the Kelly Walsh freshman fell by decision in the 126-pound championship. East junior and returning runner-up at 120, Amos Solano, took fourth at 126.
Defending Wyoming state champion at 120, Kelly Walsh’s Jace Palmer, started his freshman season undefeated (9-0) by winning the 132-pound division by decision (9-3) over East’s Shawn Smith. Cheyenne South’s Mikey Fischer finished fourth in that weight division.
East junior Noah Gallegos defeated Glenrock senior Brysen Collier by 7-4 decision to earn fifth at 138 pounds. Wheatland senior Drake Amundson took fourth at 145. Dominic Dominguez, a Cheyenne South senior, won by rule over Kelly Walsh sophomore Analu Benabise, the reigning 138-pound champion.
East junior Jackson Hesford toko second at 152. Glenrock senior Zane Moore scored a takedown with 13 seconds left to beat Kelly Walsh sophomore Sam Henderson by 4-2 decision.
Torrington senior Jacob Polkowske won the 160-pound division with a convincing 12-6 decision over Douglas senior Christian Coffman. Central’s Brian Nicholson took third and Kelly Walsh junior Kevin Anderson held on to beat Wheatland’s Seth DeWitt by 3-2 decision.
Burns junior Boe Clayson fell by major decision (17-5) in the 170-pound championship to settle for second. Meanwhile, Kelly Walsh junior Kole Kraus took fifth in that division with a 8-2 decision over Central’s Coby Goossen.
Glenrock senior standout Ian Arnold won the 182-pound division by pinfall. Kelly Walsh’s Luke Nathan, who finished third at 160 pounds last year, took third at 182 with a pinfall win over Burns’ Kyle Thurin. Torrington’s Josh Kingsley earned sixth at 182 pounds.
In a battle of Cyclones, Southeast junior Tate Carson defeated teammate Brady Tosh by major decision to win the 195-pound title. Lash Branigan of Burns took third in that division and Torrington’s Gabe Mitchell placed fifth.
Douglas junior Cody Pinkerton, who finished second at last year’s state meet, pinned Kelly Walsh junior Jesus Alvarado in the 220-pound championship. Both entered that match 8-0. Wheatland’s Wyatt Crane defeated Burns’ Ben Banville by 5-0 decision for third.
Torrington heavyweight Brandon Bennick finished second at 285 pounds. East’s Zach Higgins pinned Central’s Mikel Hill for third in the division. Douglas junior Edel Diaz-Jaime fell to sixth.