Grand Valley sends five to state wrestling tourney |

Grand Valley sends five to state wrestling tourney

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GUNNISON, Colorado – As has become customary in recent years, Grand Valley will be heavily represented at the state wrestling meet.

The Cardinals, who finished third as a team in Class 3A at state last year and won the 2A team title in 2008, will send five to the Pepsi Center in Denver for the Thursday-Saturday state meet.

Three Grand Valley grapplers – Jerrod Busch (135 pounds), Jared Tonder (140) and Ryan Gallegos (145) – went 3-0 at the 3A Western Regional, held Friday and Saturday at Western State College in Gunnison.

The region champs have all been to state before.

Joining them will be teammates Tyler Miles (152) and David Witt (160). Miles finished second in his weight class. Witt took third.

Miles and Witt have been to state before, too. Miles won the 152-pound state title in Class 2A back in 2008.

“We have five quality kids going,” Grand Valley coach Rick Gallegos said.

Busch’s charge to the title was particularly impressive in Coach Gallegos’ eyes. He was seeded fourth going into the tournament. He beat the top seed, Hotchkiss’s Ryan Spor, in advance of the final.

“I was really excited about the way Busch pulled through, coming through as the No. 4 seed,” Coach Gallegos said.

Tonder avenged a defeat suffered a weekend earlier to Gunnison’s Josh Roper.

Ryan Gallegos defeated Olathe’s Kris Nieto in his final.

Miles’ only loss came to 3A’s top-ranked 152-pounder, Kyle Piatt of Olathe.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class at regionals advance to the state tournament.

Coal Ridge 119-pounder Trevor Larsen was the Titans’ lone qualifier. He finished third at Gunnison.

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