Wrexham headed home up the M5 mulling over what might have been after they allowed a half time lead to evaporate in the second 45 minutes.
Louis Moult had scored for the visitors on 28 minutes after a goalkeeping clearance had hit him, but after the break first a low Louis Briscoe shot beat the Wrexham defence on 61 minutes.
Then with six minutes of normal time remaining, United captain Luke Young, who only minutes earlier had hit the woodwork, crashed home a stunning effort from well outside the box.
After only two minutes home striker Toby Ajala was left ruing not taking a great chance following a corner – as he fired well wide when he should have done a great deal better with a clear sight of the target.
A minute later and at the other end a Wes York cross was met by Connor Jennings, but his header lacked the power to worry Martin Rice in the United goal.
This end to end trend was set, as Manny Smith blocked Ryan Bowman in the Wrexham box, then Louis Moult heads high when getting on the end of another York cross.
A low hard free kick into the Torquay box by Durrell, deflected towards Hudson and his quick effort just wide from 10 yards.
Not quite sure how Dan Bachmann saved from Briscoe on 14 minutes, as a low shot from our left by the midfielder got away from the keeper, who spun round to catch it before it crossed the line!
We were unlucky not to take the lead on 18 minutes when more pressure won us a corner. Smith's header crashed against a post and the ball came back into play.
Moments later and following a sweeping move forward, Jennings tried a curling effort from 20 yards, that was only just wide of the United right hand post.
On 34 minutes, Joe Clarke ushered the ball out of play for what he thought was a goal kick, but it was a corner.
The cross came in and centre back Angus MacDonald failed to make proper contact when he was free, but Ajala collected it out wide, forcing a second corner as Bachmann was happy to tip the ball over his crossbar.
Into added time at the end of the first half, a Wrexham attack broke down and United moved quickly to the other end, where Briscoe thread a pass through for Bowman. The striker was clear of our back line and in on goal, but he was denied by a great Bachmann save.
The ball was then only half cleared as Ashton struck his effort onto the back of Hudson, it spun away fro a throw in from which United won a free kick out wide. The following cross though was collect under his crossbar by the Austrian keeper.
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Nice footwork by Durrell, while under pressure saw him win an attacking throw in on the right. From that move, a York cross to the back post was taken off Moult's head by a timely touch from Pearce.
Great individual work by York to control a hard pass from Jennings saw him in a central position and on the run he hit a snap shot just a yard wide from distance.
Bachmann was then called on to deny a low effort from Bowman at the near post on 57 minutes, as once again the play swung quickly from one goal to the other.
Clarke picked up a loose ball in midfield, but his pass for Moult was under hit, although York almost capitalised.
Having given away a needless corner just short of the hour, we failed too properly clear the danger and when Torquay came back in, Briscoe was in space at the back of the box to fire a low shot that fund the net.
This came after we wasted two great opportunities at the other end and failed to pick up the yellow shirts in our own half.
More pressure form Torquay on 74 minutes, as Briscoe's powerful shot was blocked by Bachmann and then cleared by Ashton.
In a goalmouth scramble three Wrexham efforts were blocked, before United raced to the other end where Ashton conceded a free kick on the corner of our own box.
From that set piece, Luke Young struck the Wrexham woodwork and ball bounced back into play. Bachmann though was left holding his knee after colliding with a post.
Andy Bishop was introduced for Durrell on 81 minutes.
With six minutes remaining Torquay took the lead when Luke Young lashed in an unstoppable effort that struck the inside of the right hand post from 25 yards.
Despite over six minutes of added time we were unable to salvage anything from an exciting encounter.
Torquay United:Rice, Tonge, MacDonald, Pearce, Cruise; Briscoe (Yeoman 90+5), Young, Wakefield, Cameron; Bowman, Ajala.
Subs: Seabright, Harding, Chapell, Hutchings.
Wrexham:Bachmann, Carrington, Smith, Hudson, Ashton; York, Keates, Clarke, Durrell (Bishop 81); Moult (Holman 85), Jennings.
Subs: White, Hunt, Bailey-Jones.
Referee:Colin Lymer (Hampshire)
Torquay: Cameron (85, dissent), MacDonald (90, time wasting)
Wrexham: Ashton (77, foul)