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Trojan Border Wars finish up Saturday at Kelly Walsh

In a series of duals, wrestlers from Kelly Walsh, Natrona County, Douglas and surrounding states flexed their muscles on the mat this weekend.
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 12:27 AM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Kelly Walsh hosted Natrona County and Douglas for wrestling duals over the weekend. Schools from surrounding states Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana were also there to compete.

It was a chance for each school to showcase their best on the mats. Natrona County took center stage for the schools from Wyoming finishing 6-1 over the weekend, and the Mustangs bested Douglas (51-25) and Kelly Walsh (51-24) head-to-head.

They finished second behind North Platte, NE in the overall team standings.

Natrona County’s Brendyn Nelson pinned his Kelly Walsh opponent at 195 lbs. and finished perfect on the weekend. He was one of six from the Cowboy State to do so in Casper.

His teammates Billy Brenton and Tate Tromble also accomplished the feat at 113 lbs. and 152 lbs.

From Douglas, Keltan and Luke Ewing kept their winning streaks going at 138 lbs. and 132 lbs.

Kelly Walsh’s Noah Hone also proved to be a tough guy to take down at 170 lbs. and finished the weekend unbeaten.

In the head-to-head dual between Natrona County and Kelly Walsh, Nelson was not the only impressive performer.

At 138 lbs., Natrona County’s Beau Russell finished with a pin, too. Russell said it feels “amazing” when you’re able to win by pin.

“It’s kind of hard to describe, but you just hear the ref slap the mat, and everybody cheer, and it’s amazing,” said Russell.

Russell added that winning by pin is “a major confidence booster and makes you forget about how tired you are.”

From Kelly Walsh, Andrew Bessey also dazzled at 182 lbs. and won by pin against his Natrona County opponent.

“Personally, I’ve never done that before, so it felt pretty good,” said Bessey about winning via pin against the Mustangs. “I got pretty excited, and I’d love to do it again.”

Bessey’s parents and teammates were almost as excited as him after the referee slapped the mat for his final victory Saturday.

“I’ve been wrestling for two years, two and a half now, and I just pinned a guy that’s been wrestling twice as long as me,” said Bessey about what was going through his head after seeing the excitement of his win. “I just thought that was pretty cool, and I’m pretty sure everybody thought it was pretty cool.”

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