Hitting the mat

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Brysen Collier pins Bennet Hamel of Douglas during a dual at the Battle of the Big Horn in Douglas. The Herders beat the Bearcats 41-39.

By Phillip Harnden phillip@glenrockind.com

The wrestling Herders head into the holiday weekend looking strong with some victories and top places under their belts.
Junior Brysen Collier is part of that success. Last year he finished fourth at regionals and placed sixth at state in the 120 wt. class. He returns this year to fight it out in the 138 wt. class.
“I feel like I’ve improved quite a bit,” Collier said. “A lot of off-season work has helped.”
He attended wrestling camp over the summer and went to all the open-mat days that he could. Additionally, he spent a lot of his time in the weight room for both football and wrestling.
When he isn’t improving his strength or technique, he works at the swimming pool.
He is to be proud to be part of the Herder wrestling team and looks to have a great year on the mat with them.
“I feel like we have a lot of talent for sure,” he said Tuesday. “We have a lot of hard-working kids. I really like the atmosphere down in the blue room that Nic and Don bring.”
The team was recently able to get their revenge against the Douglas team in Worland at the Battle of the Big Horns.
During a triangular the opening week, Glenrock fell to the Bearcats by a couple points in Douglas. This weekend, the Herders edged out the cross-county rivals 41-39 at the out-of-town tournament.
“It was crazy,” Collier said of the victory. “I think enthusiasm and energy brought us to beat em. They had a couple guys down, but even then I think we would have won.”
He will be enjoying the holidays with family at home when he isn’t on the mats keeping his wrestling skills sharp.

The boys held their own over the weekend at the Battle of the Big Horn in Worland, the coach said.
They locked down a solid second place in the pool B bracket Friday.
They came back on Saturday and finished the gold bracket tournament in fourth place behind Rock Springs, Worland and Powell. They beat Sheridan, Lander, Cody and Douglas.

The team will have some time off from competition for the holidays, but practices will resume after Christmas.
A handful of the Herders will be on the road to Fargo, North Dakota Dec. 28 and 29 for the Rumble on the Red tournament.
The rest of the team will be on the mats again in Douglas at the Shane Shatto Memorial tournament Jan. 5 and 6.


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