Lady Dogies rack up mat time

Sonja Karp, NLJ Sports Editor

The Lady Dogies had a crazy busy week last week with a round robin tournament in Newell on Tuesday, a last-minute invite to a dual against Moorcroft on Thursday, and a tournament in Hill City on Saturday. 


Newcastle is looking at a week off before the 3A East Regional Tournament, which begins on Feb. 16, so as such, head coach Shaide Bowthorpe was pleased to get her team plenty of experience before taking a break to heal from minor injuries and to recover from illnesses that have swept through her squad. 


“We had the two tournaments on the schedule and then Moorcroft called on Wednesday asking if we could come over for a dual on Thursday,” Bowthorpe began. “It was their senior night and they had their scheduled opponent back out at the last minute, so we were happy to help them out and get another competition in for the girls.”


In their first scheduled contest of the week, only four Lady Dogies made the trip to Newell on Tuesday, but, despite low numbers, Newcastle was able to tie Harding County for first place at the end of the day. 


Sage Lichtenberger and Aurora Hunter had to wrestle each other in the round robin tournament. As practice partners, the two 100-pounders have gone back and forth in match-ups throughout the season, and it was no different in Newell. Hunter would ultimately finish first, picking up two wins against Lichtenberger in their opening round and in the championship round. 


“Sage and Aurora have had to wrestle each other a lot, unfortunately,” Bowthorpe chuckled. “They are very evenly matched and they are great practice partners. They also take it really well when they have to wrestle each other at meets, so that is great.”


Ashlynn Shroyer (120) finished third while Netanya Prell (132) finished first. 


“Ashlynn did well, winning one match and losing three tight matches,” Bowthorpe said. “Netanya won both of her matches to take the championship, so she did really well.”


Bowthorpe didn’t get the go-ahead to attend the 11th hour Moorcroft dual until Thursday morning, so she had to put things together on the fly. The Lady Dogies didn’t match up very well against the Lady Wolves weight wise, so the two coaches put together matches as close as they could. 


Shroyer (120) was one of two to line up with a Moorcroft girl in weight. She ended up wrestling two matches and won them both. 


Ruth Rose was the other Lady Dogie to match up with a Lady Wolf at 125. After coming off being sick, Rose ended up losing her match by fall. 


Lichtenberger and Hunter had to wrestle each other again, and Hunter got the upper hand with an 11-9 decision victory. 


Matthews wrestled two matches and split on the day with one win and one loss, Adelyn Bergstrom also didn’t line up with anyone in her weight class, and she lost her match, while Prell won her match by fall.


In their tournament on Saturday in Hill City, the Lady Dogies placed Courtney Matthews (114) and Netanya Prell (126) with both securing fourth place after finishing with 2-2 records. 


“Courtney is wrestling really well, and she has some great outside singles [a take down on the back leg] which is working really well for her this year,” Bowthorpe said. “Netanya works really well on top, and she shoots a high crotch right now that is working well for her. Both Netanya and Courtney, and our team in general, are doing well with catch cradles right now as well.” 


Hunter went 1-2, Lichtenberger was 0-2 while Shroyer was also 0-2 on the day.


The Lady Dogies are looking forward to an off week to take some time to heal and get healthy before they head to the regional tournament on Feb. 16 and 17 in Torrington. 


“We’re hoping to get everyone qualified for state, so we are excited, and we are finishing off our regular season with Aurora, Courtney and Netanya heading into regionals with a winning record,” Bowthorpe said. “Two other girls are getting close to having a winning record and I think that is a huge accomplishment for girls who are coming in with no experience and wrestling girls with quite a bit of experience.”


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