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Bears expect big things

Phil Sandoval

RIFLE ” The experience Rifle’s young wrestlers earned last season should reap benefits for the 2004-05 Bears this season.

“From 103 to 171 pounds, we’re going to be really solid, and this year, I think we’ll be a lot stronger overall and see a lot of our kids do a lot better,” said sixth-year coach Jim Suminski.

Not that 2003-04 was bad.

Three returning seniors qualified for last year’s state meet.

Eddie Kreimier makes the jump up to 119 pounds after competing at 103 pounds the past three seasons. Luke Wooten is slotted in at 125, and Casie Dunlap, who reached the third

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round of the state 152-pound bracket, will probably wrestle at 171 this year.

Other returning lettermen in a group of five wrestlers from 140-152 pounds who “have to thin themselves out a little bit,” Suminski said, include the Thompson brothers ” Tyson and Tyler ” Timmy Long and Tim Scott.

The Bears’ lineup will be fortified with the return of heavyweight Andrew Stone to the mat after taking a year off from the sport.

Suminski is hoping to fill in the gaps at 189 and 215 pounds with members of Rifle’s football team ” once their season is over.

“There are rumors that some bigger kids will come out,” the coach said. “That would be nice, but you never know until they actually show up in the room.”

And with Eagle Valley’s move to 4A this year, Suminski said the league will be stronger.

“They were tough last year, and they are going to be tough again,” Suminski said of the Devils.

But there’s also defending league team champ and 4A runner-up Moffat County to deal with.

“Moffat’s got the edge again,” said Suminski. “Historically, they’ve done well, but we lost by one point to them in our dual meet with them last year.”


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