SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School wrestling team hosted Cheyenne East and Cheyenne Central high schools for duals Friday afternoon. The Broncs lost to East 33-30 and defeated Central 51-27. Sheridan is no longer worrying about conditioning and is focusing on exposing areas the wrestlers need to improve.

Junior Hayden Crow said the duals provide him an idea of where he ranks in his weight class and areas he needs to improve in the be successful at the state tournament.

The Broncs are a relatively young team that is still learning. Crow said the Broncs are one of the toughest young teams in the state.

He said the team is working on having one solid move from their feet, on their back and while in the top position. It is important to be a well-rounded wrestler.

In the first dual against East, Shatto said the team fought hard but came up a little short in the end.

There were matches where the Broncs could have pulled out a victory that would have changed the outcome of the dual and there were areas where the Broncs fought hard to earn a victory.

The Broncs were down 14-15 to East entering the 113-pound match. On paper, the match would have been won by pin in favor of East. Sheridan’s Christian Meza wrestled hard for 6 minutes before falling 18-14.

Meza was down 10-2 with 35 seconds remaining in the second period. Surviving multiple near falls, Meza reversed, gained top positions and earned his own near fall in the final seconds of the period, almost coming away with the pin. Meza trailed 8-12 entering the third period, starting neutral against his opponent.

Again, Meza found himself in bad situations but he continued to fight and ended the period on top, nearly pulling a late victory.

“That kid stepped out there, fought hard for the team. We tell our guys all the time in duals there is more than one way to win and that does not always mean you win,” Shatto said.

Meza’s effort saved the team three points in the dual. That is one less victory the Broncs had to find in the final six matches.

The effort Meza had is one Shatto wants to see in every match by his team. Shatto wants his wrestlers to stay off their back, fight hard and have a chance to win in the third period.

Having the fight and effort is a the difference between a win and a loss. Shatto said he can teach his team all of the best moves but if a wrestler does not have the effort, fight and heart then the match is already lost.

Sheridan lacked some of that fight in the dual against Central. Sheridan won three matches due to forfeits. In the 11 matches wrestled, nine ended in pins, five of which Sheridan ended on top.

“I thought in a lot of positions when we did go to our back we did not show enough fight to improve, get off that and extend those periods to give ourselves an opportunity to win,” Shatto said. “We have a lot to work on and fortunately, we have a lot of time to do that.”

The Central dual exposed areas the Broncs need to improve in. The state tournament is in Casper Feb. 28-29, giving the team roughly three weeks to polish up their skills.

Sheridan hosts their fourth dual in three days when they host Cheyenne South High School 10 a.m. Feb. 8.

East results:

The dual started at the 160-pound match with Brock Steel losing by decision 8-4.

Hayden Crow won the 170-pound match by decision 4-1.

Quinton Mangus lost the 182-pound match by decision 5-2.

Jim Strobbe lost the 195-pound match by decision 5-4.

Ethan Johnson lost the 220-pound match after being pinned in 1:39.

Justin Vela won the heavyweight match by pinning his opponent in 1:27.

Kolton Powers won the 106-pound match by technical fall 16-1.

Christian Meza lost the 113-pound match by decision 18-14.

Rudy Osborne lost the 120-pound match by decision 9-7.

Dawson Goss lost the 126-pound match after being pinned with a minute left in the first period.

Hunter Goodwin won the 132-pound match after pinning his opponent in 23:31.

Reese Osborne won the 138-pound match after pinning his opponent with 1:02.

Alex Jack lost the 145-pound match after being pinned with 12 seconds left in the first period.

Colson Coon won the 152-pound match by major decision 12-1.

Central results:

The match began at the 170-pound match and all wrestlers were in the same class except Meza was replaced for Landon Wood.

Crow won the match by pin in 3:07.

Mangus won the match by pin in 3:33.

Strobbe lost by pin in 1:38.

Ethan Johnson won by pin in 2:29.

Vela won by forfeit.

Powers won by forfeit.

Wood lost by decision 6-4.

Rudy Osborne lost by pin in 4:35.

Goss won by decision 4-2.

Goodwin won by forfeit.

Reese Osborne won by pin in 4:40.

Jack lost by pin in 1:16.

Coon lost by pin in 1:38.

Steel won by pin in 1:18.