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Four GV wrestlers win league

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Before this weekend, Grand Valley had never had a league wrestling champion. Now there are four.The Class 2A Western Slope League wrestling tournament was held on Saturday in Rangely and by the end of the day, three Grand Valley freshmen and junior Cody Miles were crowned champions. Miles, a two-time league runner-up, recorded two pins to get to his 152-pound championship match against Rangely’s Nick Halcomb. Leading only 2-0 after the first period, Miles turned up the heat and finished the match with a 9-1 major decision. Just prior to Cody’s championship bout, his brother Tyler Miles won the 145-pound weight class. The younger Miles completed the day with three pins, including a pin over Paonia’s K.C. Martin in the championship match.Freshman James Drinkhouse had a tough championship match against Matt Moody of Meeker. Down 2-0 late in the first period, Drinkhouse scored a reversal as the period ended to tie the match. After a scoreless second period, Drinkhouse pulled off a one-point escape late in the match and held off an aggressive Moody to secure the 3-2 victory.Ryan Gallegos, wrestling at 119 pounds, earned his fifth straight tournament title this season by defeating Paonia’s Mark Bejarano with an 8-3 decision. The lone senior on the Cardinal squad, Jesse Forney, wrestled tough and finished as the 189-pound league runner-up. He lost to the state’s No. 2 wrestler, Dennis Morgan of Soroco, in the championship bout.Jared Tonder finished third in the meet at 130 pounds and Matt Cain took third at 135 pounds. Grand Valley finished third in the team scoring behind winner Paonia and runner-up Meeker.


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