PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Bears stand tall at Gunnison
GUNNISON, Colorado – Rifle High School’s wrestling team had a banner weekend at the Gunnison Invitational tournament, finishing the two-day event with six unbeaten wrestlers.
Oscar Ruelas (120 pounds), Coy Zang (126), Isaac Rider (132), Dallas Rohring (138), Hugo Ruelas (145) and Clayton Coombs (182) each finished unbeaten in the seven matches they wrestled during the two-day, eight-team tournament. Oscar Ruelas was named the overall tournament champion and Rohring, who won each of his matches by pin, only had one of them go to the second period.
Rifle coach John Wisniewski also praised senior Omar Lerna (220) and sophomore Jose Prado (285), who each finished 6-1 during the tournament.
“There were a lot of teams who had really good individuals, but weren’t quite as experienced as teams,” Wisniewski said. “I was really pleased with how we performed. A lot of kids will wrestle down when they face other kids who aren’t as experienced. We didn’t do that.”
GYPSUM, Colorado – Three Grand Valley High School wrestlers finished atop their respective weight-class brackets Saturday to highlight the performances of local finishers at the Eagle Valley Invitational.
Cody Pfau (106 pounds), Miguel Valles (126) and Will Hinkle (152) each finished atop their respective weight classes for the Cardinals, who also had a second-place finisher in MIchael Salazar (160).
Glenwood Springs was paced by a pair of fourth-place finishes by Alex Cohen (106) and Justin Barham (170). Coal Ridge also had a pair of fourth-place finishers in Austin Reed (285) and Christian Keith (152).
EDWARDS, Colorado – Chante Church scored 13 points to pace four Rifle High girls basketball players in double figures, helping the Bears top Battle Mountain 64-26 on Saturday.
Joey Kuheim had 11 points and Jasmine Figueira and Annie Schmidt each chipped in 10 for the Bears (6-3 overall, 4-1 Class 4A Western Slope League play), who jumped to a 22-2 first-quarter lead and never looked back.
Logan Nash had six points to pace the Huskies. Church scored nine of her points in the first quarter for Rifle, which continues league play at home Tuesday night against Palisade.
CEDAREDGE, Colorado – Tyler Scott scored 13 points with 13 rebounds and Santos Cornejo added eight points and 10 rebounds, but Cedaredge’s running game was too much for the Cardinals to handle in the Bruins’ 64-38 victory.
Scott also chipped in four blocked shots for Grand Valley (0-9 overall, 0-6 Class 3A Western Slope League), which will host Coal Ridge in a league game on Tuesday.
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