Three Bear wrestlers go 4-0 at Wildcat Invitational in Fruita
FRUITA – Rifle’s wrestling team put together a 1-3 record at Saturday’s Wildcat Invitational dual tournament, hosted by Fruita Monument High School.
The Bears beat Gunnison and lost to Fruita, Grand Junction Central and Palisade.
Several individuals enjoyed a solid start to the season.
James Martinez had two first-period pins in his first two matches en route to a 4-0 day at 140 pounds. Devon Godeski (112 pounds) and Marcus Arroyo (135) were also 4-0.
Tyler Davis (189) and Larry Schmueser (130) were both 3-1.
“Not too bad for the start of the season and losing nine guys from last year,” Rifle coach John Wisniewski said. “We have five guys wrestling on the varsity team with varsity experience. We’re filling nine other weights with kids that haven’t wrestled varsity or who maybe wrestled one or two matches last year.”
Next up for the Bears is a Thursday trip to Montrose for a dual.
HOTCHKISS – Grand Valley finished up sixth as a team at Saturday’s Hotchkiss Invitational, placing three top-ranked wrestlers on the podium in the process.
Jared Tonder (140 pounds), Ryan Gallegos (145) and Tyler Miles (152) battled to perfect days. All three are ranked No. 1 in their weight classes by On the Mat.
“The three amigos, you hope those guys, being ranked No. 1, you hope they don’t slip one early,” Cardinals coach Rick Gallegos said.
There was no slipping up for the vaunted trio. Coach Gallegos’ son, Ryan, scored a big win in his final, defeating Class 2A No. 1 Travis Witherall, who wrestles for Rangely.
Other Grand Valley wrestlers enjoying successful days included Chris Forney, who finished second at 189 pounds. Three pins helped him get there. David Witt took fourth at 160 pounds.
On deck for the Cardinals is a Thursday dual at Rangely.
GRANBY – The Schultz brothers provided Coal Ridge with a bright spot at Saturday’s Middle Park Invitational.
Older brother Neal, a junior, placed fourth at 135 pounds. Younger brother, Tucker, a freshman, took sixth. Neal went 3-2, while Tucker went 4-1.
“We have a young team,” first-year Titans coach Mike Mikalakis said. “We had some minor successes, which were really nice.”
Coal Ridge is off until the Dec. 12 Mesa State Tournament.
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