Demons secure bronze finish at Eagle Valley Invite |

Demons secure bronze finish at Eagle Valley Invite

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Glenwood Springs managed a third-place finish at Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invitational wrestling tournament, finishing behind only first-place Hotchkiss and host Eagle Valley.

Four Demons placed, with junior Mike Mills leading the way by winning the 125-pound weight class.

Chris Ayala took second at 160, Hector Chagoya third at 112 and Casey Montoya third at 140.

After a first-round bye, Mills topped former Wyoming state champion Tom Stockwell of Saratoga High School by a score of 7-1 in the semifinals.

Mills went on to top Eagle Valley’s Taylor Wheeler in the finals. Mills jumped out to a 6-0 lead and held on for a 6-3 decision.

Ayala defeated West Grand’s Chase Hill, 7-2, to earn his place in the finals, where he fell to Eagle Valley’s Matt Kottenstette by a 5-0 decision.

Montoya went 3-1 on the day, losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Neal Schultz of Coal Ridge by fall.

Montoya rebounded in the consolation finals, pinning Summit’s Gregorio Munoz by fall at the 1 minute, 50 second mark.

Chagoya, who finished 3-1 on the day, defeated Coal Ridge’s Collin Carbone, 15-9, in the consolation finals.

“Hector wrestled a great tournament, losing the first match, then wrestling all the way through the consolation bracket to take third,” Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook said.

Others earning points for the Demons were Miguel Vega (103 pounds, 2-2 on the day), Alan Bencomo (130, 2-2) and Tanner Gianinetti (152, 2-2).

Up next for Glenwood is a trip to the Denver South Invitational on Saturday.

Coal Ridge’s wrestling team took another step in the right direction with a fourth-place finish at Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invitational.

Neal Schultz paced the Titans with a first-place finish in the 140-pound weight class.

Alex Hunt finished third at 215, Collin Carbone fourth at 112 and Tucker Schultz fourth at 119.

“Out of 20 teams, we took fourth overall,” Coal Ridge coach Mike Mikalakis said. “That’s a great showing for us. I’m really excited for that and proud of these kids. It’s a real good step. … Hopefully we can build on this and keep improving.”

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