Four Demons wrestlers tops at tournament
Three Glenwood Springs High School wrestlers earned first-place honors Saturday at the Pine Creek Tournament.Matt Aten took top honors in the 152-pound division, while Michael Mastroianni and Michael Zerfoss won the 160 and heavyweight divisions, respectively.Blake Newby and Brad Kline took second place in the 103 and 112 divisions, respectively. The Demons also had four wrestlers earn fourth-place honors in Alex Escalante (112), James Nelson (140), Justin Davis (145) and Tyler Rossow (171).The Demons’ next action is Thursday when they host the Cedaredge varsity squad.Wooten claims Delta Invite titleAfter making the championship match, Luke Wooten didn’t waste much time with his opponent. Wooten pinned Paonia’s Nate Gaston in 40 seconds in the 125-pound division for the Rifle’s sole title in the tournament.As a team, Rifle finished eighth in the tournament, which included a number of teams ranked in the top 10 in their respective classes.”The tournament was a lot harder than I anticipated,” said Rifle coach Jim Suminski, who pointed out three of the state’s top 2A squads competed along with strong 4A teams Eagle Valley and Delta.Paonia won the tournament with 159 points, followed by Nucla (132), Meeker (129), Eagle Valley (105) and Delta (97).Suminski admitted his team isn’t quite up to speed, with a number of wrestlers getting a late start after winning the Class 3A state football title.”It’s the first week of practice for those guys and they were a little rusty, but we’ll be getting that edge back pretty quick,” Suminski said.A pair of Rifle wrestlers finished third in Tyler Cose at 152 and Casie Dunlap at 171. Eddie Kreimier took fourth place at 119 pounds.In Rifle’s junior varsity tournament – which consisted of 15 teams, including three varsity squads – three Bears wrestlers placed. Mario Navarro was second at 112, Kory Kassak was third at 125 and Cameron Davis was fourth at 119.Rifle hosts a triangular meet against Eagle Valley and Palisade Thursday.
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