RANGELY — Myles Wilson went 5-0, Cristian Gonzalez posted an undefeated 4-0 record and Justin Barham, Mitch Brown, Riley Prough and Joel Ordonez each posted 4-1 individual records on Saturday to highlight the performances of the Glenwood Springs High School wrestling team at the Vern Rose Invitational at Rangely High School on Saturday.
The Demons managed a fourth-place finish in the tournament’s team standings. Meeker won it with 133.5 points, with Hayden (102), Duchesne, Utah (70), and Glenwood (65) following.
Wilson, wrestling at 138 pounds, won three times by pin and once by technical fall. His closest victory of the day came against J.C. Henderson of Meeker, whom he beat 7-5 in a sudden-death overtime match.
Gonzalez improved to 19-1 this season, winning three of his matches by pin and another by forfeit. His quickest pin of the day came against Austyn Murray of Uintah, Utah, whom he pinned in 8 seconds.
Barham (195), Prough (120), Brown (285) and Ordonez (145) each won four of their five matches. Brown earned each of his victories by pin, and Barham won each of his first four matches by pin before falling to Meeker’s Devon Pontine, 4-3, in his final match of the day. Ordonez, who lost his first match of the day in overtime, rebounded to prevail in his final four. His last victory came in an 8-7 win over Kent Miller of Hayden.
The Demons are off until Saturday when they travel to compete in the Steamboat Springs Invitational tournament.
Rifle’s Josiah Rider takes fourth at Tulsa National championship
TULSA, Okla. — Rifle Middle School eighth-grader Josiah Rider won the 135-pound weight class at the prestigious Tulsa National wrestling tournament on Saturday, rallying from a one-point deficit at the beginning of the third period of the championship match.
Rider, competing in the under-15 age group, defeated high school sophomore Dillonger Potter of Texas, 11-4, scoring eight points unanswered in the final period to claim the title. He became the first youth wrestler on Colorado’s Western Slope and just the second Colorado wrestler to win a title at the tournament four times.
“He got up and wrestled very hard against a sophomore in high school,” his dad and coach, Trevor Rider, said after the match was over. “He was going up against someone who was more experienced and more mature, and he was able to rely on his technique to win it.”
Down 4-3 at the start of the third period, Rider scored an escape to tie the match. Then after taking a shot on Potter, Rider was able to gain control and score a takedown and a pair of three-point nearfalls to claim the victory.
In all, Rider finished 5-0 in the tournament, winning his first two matches by pin and his two prior to the title match by 8-0 and 5-0 decisions.