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Gonzalez and Barham excel for Demons in G.J.

Glenwood Springs High School’s wrestling team had a tough day with an illness-depleted lineup on Saturday, dropping four out of five dual matches at the Tiger Duals tournament at Grand Junction High School.

Leading the Demons were team captains Cristian Gonzalez (195 pounds), who finished the day 5-0, and Justin Barham (170), who finished at 4-1. Freshman Myles Wilson (138) also finished the day 4-1.

The Demons were without several team members due to illness, forcing them to forfeit several weight classes throughout the day and starting each one down 36-0.



Glenwood lost to Center (Utah) 46-18, Moffat County (49-24), Eagle Valley (42-27) and Northglenn (53-30). The Demons’ lone win came against Montezuma-Cortez in a 27-22 triumph.

Barham won twice by pin, once by decision, once by major decision and once by technical fall. His most lopsided victory came against Northglenn’s Reece Buckalew, who Barham pinned in 47 seconds.



“Justin is really starting to put points on the board,” Glenwood assistant coach Myles Cook said. “He’s really working on opening up the scoring earlier in his matches this year, and I think it plays well to his style.”

Gonzalez, who missed all of his sophomore season with an injury, got to wrestle in only two matches, winning three by forfeit. One of them he dominated, pinning Nick Adams of Northglenn in 9 seconds.

“It’s tough to be competitive at a dual-meet tournament without a full lineup, but we got a lot of quality matches for our kids who were here this week,” Cook said. “We’re looking forward to the weeks ahead with a more complete lineup. I’m excited to see how the season plays out.”

The Demons wrestle again on Saturday when they travel to Kremmling to compete in the West Grand Invitational.


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