Grand Valley sends 5 boys wrestlers to state |

Grand Valley sends 5 boys wrestlers to state

Sami Jo Krieg
Grand Valley Watch
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Sami Jo Krieg Special to the Post Independent

Socrates once said, “I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.”

One cannot begin to understand what it takes to be an outstanding wrestler until they have been put to the test. From the beginning of recorded history, wrestling has been a man’s test of strength, wit and perseverance.

Three years he has been to the state wrestling finals. Three years he had been in the championship. Three times he has been second place in the tournament. This is a potentially scary guy. There are not many people who feel this kind of ambition and revenge on the mats this year.

Ryan Gallegos will do everything in his power to bring home the state title this year. He has trained since elementary school. Through those many years, Ryan’s father, Rick Gallegos, has been there to coach and support him.

Sometimes the hardest part is being a champion is being at the top. Tyler Miles might understand the feeling better than anyone.

In 2008, Tyler Miles won the state championship. I don’t think that anyone who witnessed that moment will forget the excitement on

Miles’ face. He displayed that same determination when he won the Warrior Classic this year.

Last year, he made a trip to state and came up a little short. This go-around, the bracket is no easier, but Miles is tougher. He had the taste of victory once before, so there is no doubt that he will work hard to have it again.

Someone once said that a smile confuses an approaching frown. If this is fact, Jared Tonder’s opponent will be very confused.

Tonder is a good-natured young man who always has a smile on his face. Making his fourth trip to the state tournament, Tonder has made a name for himself this year. He was named outstanding wrestler at a tournament and won the Warrior Classic title. Tonder placed second at the state tournament last year. Adding to his impressive athletic resume, Tonder is sure to make his mark at the state tournament this year.

Jerrod Busch is a junior making his third trip over the mountains for state. Freshman year, he was part of the team that took home a state title. He has made an unbelievable recovery from a football injury this year. The injury cost him the first half of the season. Not only did he recover physically, but he also put some points on the board for himself and wasted no time working his way to the top.

Starting on a junior varsity squad his freshman year, ending that season with a position on the varsity team.

Sophomore David Witt will be making his second trip to the state tournament. This underclassman has a work ethic that will undoubtedly make him a contender at state and a leader in Cardinals wrestling in years to come.

These five warriors will represent the Grand Valley Cardinals at the state wrestling championship this year. They arrive at the Pepsi Center focused, disciplined and prepared to face their opponent.

Sami Jo Krieg is a Grand Valley High School student.

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