SHERIDAN — In a quick dual Thursday night, the Sheridan High School wrestling team defeated Campbell County 66-12 in the Broncs’ final home match of the season.
The Camels had only five wrestlers, so Sheridan was guaranteed a team victory before the match even began. The Broncs won three of the five matches, all by first-round pins.
Hunter Goodwin (120) pinned his opponent less than 30 seconds into the match. Kel Tritschler (138) won his match in under one minute and Kyle Breen (152) took 1:01 to pin his adversary. Ethan Johnson (220) and Brenden Clem (145) were pinned by Campbell County wrestlers in the first and second rounds, respectively.
Six Sheridan seniors received recognition during their final home match, though not all of them competed.
Sheridan head coach Tyson Shatto said the seniors have fought and scrapped their way to improvement over the years. They have experienced both ups and downs, something they can talk about with younger wrestlers.
Trevon Covolo (126) is the only senior to place at the state level, something Shatto thinks can change this season. Chance Quarterman (152) has made strides and Tritschler has steadily worked himself into the top tier of wrestlers in the 138-pound class.
“This might be the best wrestling he’s ever done,” Shatto said of Tritschler. “He wants it bad. He’s working hard and is going to have his opportunity.”
The Broncs will also have a great opportunity Friday to gauge themselves against high-caliber competition. Sheridan travels to Gillette to take on Thunder Basin, one of the best teams in the state.
The Broncs had excellent performances last weekend, easily winning three matches and losing a competitive one to Cheyenne East, another one of the frontrunners in the state. The team’s progression leads Shatto to believe his squad can push Thunder Basin on Friday. The final regular-season matchup against the Bolts will also provide an excellent preview of the pressure and intensity at postseason competitions, which kick off next week.
“It can test their nerves and their character a little bit,” Shatto said. “Any time we can get our kids rattled a bit and they can respond, it’s a win for us. Going into that environment is only a benefit for us to get our kids ready.”
The team practiced hard this week and those wrestlers who didn’t compete Thursday practiced against each other. Next week, the team will taper and work more on technique and strategy than conditioning.
Shatto said the Broncs need an extra level of focus and intensity heading into regionals.
“There has to be some urgency there,” Shatto said. “There can’t be time wasted, because there’s limited time between now and the state finals … We still have a lot left to prove and a lot left to give.”
All of Sheridan’s team and individual goals from this season are there for the taking, which should provide more than enough motivation with just two weeks left in the season.
The match against Thunder Basin begins Friday at 6 p.m.