Grand Valley clinches 2A wrestling title |

Grand Valley clinches 2A wrestling title

DENVER ” Upon being told there was no way any team could catch his Grand Valley wrestling team in the Class 2A state tournament team standings, Rick Gallegos knelt like a baseball catcher and pressed his open palms together in front of his face.

After a few moments of digesting the news, he rose, turned toward his Cardinal wrestlers ” perched up in the Pepsi Center stands ” and then thrust his arms in the air as means of relaying the news.

Midway through the final day of the state meet, his Cardinals had clinched Grand Valley its first-ever state wrestling title and second team sports title in as many school years.

Still, the man who built the Grand Valley program from scratch approached the news with an air of caution.

“I want to see it first,” he said.

Once he has the visual proof later Saturday, he’ll fully believe it.

Until then, the Cardinals have some work to do, namely producing three state champions.

Ryan Gallegos (130-pound weight class), Tyler Miles (152) and Cody Miles (160) are all set to wrestled in tonight’s finals, set to being for all classes at 6:30 p.m.

“We’ve still got some work to do,” said Gallegos, who’s coached most of his wrestlers since they their pee-wee grappling days. “We still want to get as many on that podium as we can.”

Said Tyler Miles: “Now that we know we’ve got it, we have nothing to lose. We’ll really go after it.”

Several of Miles’ teammates will join him on that podium.

James Drinkhouse (125) and Jared Tonder (135) both polished off third-place finishes Saturday afternoon.

Jerrod Busch (119) and Matt Cain (140) both wound up sixth.

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