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Buffalo wrestling kicks off home season against Kelly Walsh

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Will Briscoe locks arms with Jace Dees

Buffalo High School junior Will Briscoe locks arms with Jace Dees after starting in the neutral position on Friday in the gym. As part of COVID-19 safety measures, attendance numbers are limited and wrestlers are spread out in social-distanced chairs along the edges of the mats. Masks are expected to be worn when not wrestling on the mat by everyone in attendance.

Buffalo hosted their first home wrestling duals on Friday afternoon. First up was Buffalo and Kelly Walsh JV. Buffalo won three of the matches against Kelly Walsh. Neither Kelly Walsh or the later wrestled Moorcroft are 3A schools so the day won't count when it comes to the end of the season, but served as what head coach Garrett Traylor called a "free learning experience" in a Bulletin interview. 

Buffalo High School’s wrestling team huddles

Buffalo High School’s wrestling team huddles together under the spotlight over the center of the mat for a chant before starting the meet against Kelly Walsh on Friday. Buffalo first faced off against Kelly Walsh and then later faced off against Moorcroft.

Ben Camino kicks off the home meet

Buffalo High School wrestler Ben Camino kicks off the home meet by wrestling Kelly Walsh’s Andrew Bessey on Friday. Camino finished the first period up 2-0 and won in the second period 6-0. Camino was the winner by fall.

Teila Peters attempts to pull down opponent Ethan Keffer

Buffalo High School Teila Peters attempts to pull down opponent Ethan Keffer in the final moments of the second period on Friday in the gym. Peters finish the second period down 0-5 to Keffer.

Teila Peters pulls her opponent Ethan Keffer

Buffalo High School sophomore Teila Peters pulls her opponent Ethan Keffer to the ground to begin the second period on Friday.

Jace Skovgard positions himself on the back

Buffalo High School senior Jace Skovgard positions himself on the back of Kelly Walsh’s Jesse Thornton during the second period of the match on Friday. Skovgard finished the third quarter tied 3-3 but lost 3-5 in overtime.

Garrett Traylor talks with senior Triston Peter

Buffalo High School wrestling head coach Garrett Traylor talks with senior Triston Peter before the start of his match on Friday. This is Traylor’s first year as head coach of Buffalo.

Will Briscoe and Kelly Walsh’s Jace Dees stretch

The shadows of Buffalo High School’s Will Briscoe and Kelly Walsh’s Jace Dees stretch toward the edge of the mat as the two lock arms on Friday in the gym. The wrestlers are spotlighted in the center of the gym to highlight the work of the single match happening at a time.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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