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Bear wrestlers win Eagle tourney

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Seven Rifle wrestlers took home titles at the Eagle Valley Invitational on Saturday, helping lead the team to a first-place finish.James Martinez (103 pounds), James Conrardy (119 pounds), Mario Navaro (140 pounds), Derek Fruetel (145 pounds), Abram Dennis (160 pounds), Tyler Thompson (171 pounds) and Ted Davis (215 pounds) all won individual tournament championships. As a team Rifle scored 211.5 points, beating runner-up Buena Vista by more than 40 points. Although 16 teams were scheduled to compete in the tourney, only 10 teams were able to make it because of bad weather. Fifteen of the 16 wrestlers who made the trip, including a handful of junior varsity team members, placed in the tourney.Conrardy recorded the fastest pin of the day, pinning his opponent in 13 seconds in the championship match. Two other pins of 36 seconds and 2 minutes and 32 seconds, earned Conrardy outstanding wrestler of the tournament honors for lower weights.Navaro, who normally wrestles on JV, filled in for the Bears as a varsity wrestler and won his weight class.”I was really impressed with the way he wrestled,” said Rifle head coach John Wisniewski.Tyler Thompson is now 13-1 on the year and has three tourney wins.Keaton Long wrestled to her first win of the year and took fifth in the 140-pound weight division.”She just wrestled awesome all day,” Wisniewski said.Rifle will be back on the mats this weekend when they travel to Vernal, Utah, for the Utah Dual Invitational.

The Coal Ridge boys and girls basketball teams headed to Gunnison on Saturday to face two tough Cowboys squads.The girls fell 48-39, and the boys lost 77-71.The girls (0-2 Class 3A Western Slope League, 4-3 overall) and the boys (1-1 WSL, 4-3 overall) will host league rival Basalt on Friday.


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