Glenwood’s Rossow stays in contention |

Glenwood’s Rossow stays in contention

Joelle Milholm
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Tyler Rossow made a statement on Friday. After falling in the championship quarterfinals in the morning, the Glenwood Springs senior recorded a pin in the second round of the consolation bracket.

Rossow, Glenwood’s 171-pound senior, picked up the fall at 3:20 to advance to the consolation quarterfinals to be held today at 12:30 p.m.

Rossow’s (41-5) is the only Demon still in contention today and with two wins, he can take third place. With one, he’ll battle in the fifth-place match.

The referee didn’t raise his hand up at the end of the match, but Lance Tsosie turned and waived to the crowd anyway. It was his way of signing off on an impressive high school wrestling career.

The Glenwood Springs senior was a two-time state tournament qualifier and this year, the 160 pounder lost his first match, got a pin in his second and then lost his third on Friday night.

Fellow senior Nick Croissant pulled off an 8-1 win in first round of consolations, before exiting the tournament with a loss in the second round Friday night. Croissant ended his high school career with a 30-10 record in his senior season.

After getting a pin in the first round of consolations, Glenwood’s junior heavyweight Greg Orosz lost by a decision in the second round. He ended his season with a 32-11 record.

Key moves on for Rifle

Brian Key squeaked into today’s consolation quarterfinals with two one-point victories on Friday.

The Rifle junior 189-pounder had a 9-8 win in the first round of consolations, then got a 2-1 overtime win in the second round to keep his hopes to place alive. Key (33-15) will hit the mats at 12:30 p.m. today, needing two more wins to take third.

Rifle’s 160 pounder Abe Dennis got a pin in the first consolation round and battled like crazy in the second round to try to continue on to today, but fell three points shy. The senior lost a 15-12 decision to end his prep career with a 29-9 senior season.

With two take downs in the first two periods and two more near falls tacked on in the third, Larry Schmueser got an 11-2 major decision win over Ranum’s Eric Aguilar for his first state win of his high school career.

With the first round consolation victory in Friday’s Class 4A state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center, the Rifle 103-pound freshman advanced to the second round of consolations, but that’s where his trip ended as he lost a 7-0 decision. He finished his freshman campaign with a 27-11 record.

Tad Davis lost a close battle in the first round of the 215-pound consolation bracket. Davis trailed 5-3 with 10 seconds left, but it was Windsor’s Garrett Mullins who got two points in the closing seconds to send Davis (36-9) out of the tournament. Rifle’s 119-pound James Martinez fell to Fort Lupin’s Matthew Orneals by a 10-4 decision to end the sophomore’s season with a 14-9 record.

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