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Card wins title at Warrior Classic

There are few wrestling tournaments in the state of Colorado with the cachet of the Warrior Classic, Grand Junction Central’s annual pre-holiday break battle.

As such, winning a title of any kind in Junction is a big deal.

Grand Valley’s David Witt did just that.



Witt defeated Grand Junction’s Gage Casey in the 170-pound final by major decision, 14-6, to polish off his title. He defeated Roosevelt’s Nathan Luna (fall, 2 minutes, 42 seconds), Farmington’s Essiel Carrasco (fall, 1:13), Delta’s Alfredo Rosales (fall, 1:48) and Palisade’s Eddie Vial (fall, 4:14) to thoroughly dominate his bracket at the Friday-Saturday tournament.

“He went undefeated and won a Warrior title,” Grand Valley coach Rick Gallegos said. “That’s a big deal on the Western Slope.”



A Coal Ridge and two Rifle wrestlers all recorded fifth-place finishes at the Warrior Classic, which featured more than 30 teams.

The Bears’ Isaac Rider, a freshman, placed fifth at 120 pounds, winning his first two matches and then battling through the consolation bracket to go a combined 5-2 on the weekend.

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Rifle’s A.J. Cordova took fifth in the 170-pound division, going 3-2. After receiving a first-round bye, Cordova won a pair of matches in the championship bracket. After a defeat in the semifinals, he dropped into the consolation bracket and split two matches to place fifth.

Devon Godeski, a senior, took fifth place at 138 pounds for the Titans. He won his first two matches and went 5-2 for the tournament.


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