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Glenwood wrestlers take second in Buena Vista

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Glenwood Springs’ wrestlers placed second as a team at Saturday’s Buena Vista Demon Duals.

The Demons lost to Eagle Valley, 54-30, in the finals. They defeated Gunnison (58-12), Buena Vista (54-29), Mead (36-34) and Platte Canyon (54-24).

A number of Glenwood wrestlers posted perfect records, including Miguel Vega (4-0, 106 pounds), Hector Chagoya (5-0, 113 and 120), Zak Stepniewski (2-0, 120), Mike Mills (5-0, 132), Tanner Gianinetti (3-0, 160 and 170), Zak Golden (4-0, 195) and Grego Serafin (2-0, 220).

“Mills really wrestled well today,” Demons assistant coach Miles Coook said. “In the past, he has won a bunch of matches for us, but this year he found a pinning touch he hasn’t shown in past years, and those pins really pay off in duals.”

Cristian Gonzales went 4-1 (152 and 160), while Edwin Meraz went 3-2 at 126 and Brian Ochoa was 3-2 at heavyweight. Erick Madrid finished the day with a 1-1 record at 182.

Head coach Guy Brickell was busy, moving wrestlers around in weights all day to help account for injuries and illness.

The Demons return to the mat next Saturday at the West Grand Invitational.

The Glenwood Springs High School girls swim team traveled to Grand Junction on Saturday to take part in the Southwest Conference Girls Relay Meet.

The relay meet is not a typical high school meet as it consists of only relays. Three of the events are common to a regular high school meet, but the remaining nine are of a different thread. There are relays in which each member swims butterfly, a relay that consists of four individual medleys and another in which the participants swim anywhere from a 50-yard freestyle to a 200 free.

The self-funded ladies’ mission was to have a lot of fun, bond as a team and gauge their training, coach Mark Bauer said. In the 12 events, the team had fourteen top-10 finishes.

In an exciting race, juniors Rebecca Carcaterra, Lily Thorsen and tri-captain Hannah Grumley, teamed with freshman Hannah Peterson for a second-place finish in the 400 individual medley relay.

In the 200 backstroke/breaststroke relay, tri-captains Ashley Roper and Danielle Turley, along with Olivia Ayers and Grace Gamba, swam to a seventh-place finish.

One of the more interesting relays was the 500 crescendo relay, which includes a 50, 100, 150 and 200 free. Freshman Alexis Montoya swam her best time of the year leading off the relay in the 50. Turley kept the team in contention during her leg, the 100. Carcaterra and Thorsen brought the race home for a sixth-place finish.

Thorsen showed that she will be a big contributor, nearly catching the fifth-place team, while swimming her 200 with her goggles on her nose.

In the toughest relay of the day, the 200 butterfly relay, senior Jenna Sobke helped her younger comrades Peterson, Carcaterra and Grumley to a nail-biting silver. Grumley displayed one of the reasons she was made a captain by bringing the team from behind to touch out Durango and Grand Junction.

When swimming backstroke, swimmers must stay on their backs, and when a race begins with backstroke, the start is performed from in the water.

Throw everything you know of or have heard of backstroke in this 200 backstroke relay out the window. The lead-off swimmer starts in the water, but the remaining swimmers dive off the block and while streamlining through the water turn to their back. Glenwood senior Alida Eide led the Demons’ sixth-place effort with the lone start in the water. Gamba and Coal Ridge’s Roper tagged along with freshman Mikayla Axtell, who continued to impress, for an extraordinary performance.

In the race of the day, Roper, Carcaterra, Peterson and Grumley knocked off another state-qualifying time in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4 minutes, 1.78 seconds. The Demons dug deep in Event 11 to give the victorious Montrose team a run for its money.

Seniors Savanna Pearson and McKenzie Hill, along with sophomore MacKenzie Fuller and freshman Sofia Gamba, contributed awe-inspiring efforts throughout the meet that were instrumental in the many top-10 races not mentioned.

The Demons are off to Montrose on Friday for a two-day extravaganza of swimming known as the Montrose Invite.

A slow start did in Coal Ridge’s boys basketball team in Friday’s 58-48 loss to visiting Palisade.

The Titans fell into a 17-7 hole after a quarter, playing even with the Bulldogs the rest of the way.

McCade Cox’s nine points paced Coal Ridge, which dropped to 1-2 on the young season. Tyler Guettler finished with eight points, and Alec Herrera and Cameron Cotton scored seven points apiece.

Coal Ridge’s girls basketball squad dropped a thriller to visiting Palisade on Friday, losing in overtime, 59-55.

Paige Ryan finished with 11 points and Britni Allen and Amanda Wenzel scored 10 points apiece for the Titans, who dropped to 1-2. Alicia Hampton added nine points, and Ciara Chacon had seven.

Palisade outscored Coal Ridge, 7-3, in the overtime period.

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