Notebook: Freshman Pfau takes fourth in WCWA nationals; Big games coming for hoops squads
Grand Valley High School graduate Cody Pfau managed a respectable finish in her first trip to the Women’s College Wrestling Association national championships in St. Louis.
Pfau, who graduated from the Parachute school last year and is now wrestling for Oklahoma City University, finished fourth in the tournament held at Missouri Baptist University. She came into the tournament ranked No. 3 at 116 pounds and improved to 16-0 with a pair of tournament victories to reach the semifinals. Pfau, however, fell to top-seeded Haley Augello of King College (Tenn.), 10-0, to drop into the consolation bracket.
Pfau followed with a pin of Laura Anderson from Simon Fraser, but she lost to another Simon Fraser wrestler, Nikkie Brar, 12-4 in the third-place match.
“Disappointed and filled with pain, yet I’m not done here,” Pfau wrote on her Facebook page after the tournament. “I’ve got plenty more wrestling to go now.”
Oklahoma City finished second in the team standings to King. Pfau was one of 14 wrestlers who received All-American recognition.
Demons take third at Carl Ramunno Invitational wrestling meet
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Three members of the Glenwood Springs High School wrestling team finished the Carl Ramunno Invitational unbeaten, helping the Demons to a third-place finish in the team standings of the 12-team tournament.
Larry Flores went 3-0, claiming the weight-class title by beating Colton Crawford of Steamboat Springs by injury default in the 120-pound weight-class title match. Justin Barham had Glenwood’s best record of the day, going 5-0 on his way to winning the 160-pound title with a 4-1 decision over Hayden’s Journey Vreeman. Barham had beaten Vreeman in the Demons’ dual at Hayden on Friday, that one in a 5-1 decision.
“Justin had perhaps the toughest road to the finals,” Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook said.
Improving to 33-2 on the season was Myles Wilson at 138 pounds, who went 4-0 on his way to a technical-fall win over Middle Park’s Hugh Campbell in the weight-class final.
The Demons also had three second-place finishers, with Miguel Mendoza (106 pounds), Riley Prough (113) and Irvin Pallares (132) each reaching their respective weight-class title matches.
Steamboat Springs finished with 151.5 points to win the team title, with Hayden (124), Glenwood (117) and Middle Park (75) following.
Big games coming this week
The meat of the basketball seasons in the Class 4A and 3A Western Slope Leagues look pretty juicy right now.
That entree for prep basketball fans in Garfield County will be served up this week, with big games coming up for the girls and boys teams of each of Garfield County’s hoops squads.
Both the Glenwood Springs boys (12-3 overall, 7-2 4A WSL) and girls (14-0, 9-0) have just one game this week. The Demons will renew their rivalry with the Bears of Rifle on Thursday. The Rifle girls (4-6, 4-2 WSL) will play the Demons at 6 p.m., with the Rifle boys (7-3, 4-2) hosting Glenwood at 7:30 p.m.
The Glenwood girls, thanks to their three wins in three days this past week, retained their No. 4 spot in the Associated Press high school basketball poll released on Monday. The Glenwood boys, who also won three games in three days — two in come-from-behind fashion — remained unranked for the second consecutive week.
Before the Rifle squads play Glenwood, however, the Bears must get past Eagle Valley at home on Tuesday. On Saturday, they’ll play at Steamboat Springs.
The Coal Ridge boys and girls are each coming off a loss at Moffat County on Friday. The Coal Ridge girls, however, will be playing a stretch without three players — two of whom were starters — who were suspended for violating team policy. It’s a four-game suspension, which began Friday in Craig.
The Titans boys and girls host Olathe tonight. The Olathe girls (10-2, 7-2) are ranked No. 7 in this week’s AP poll.
Grand Valley’s girls (8-3, 7-1 3A WSL), though not ranked, lead the league standings. The Cardinals have a chance to retain that lead when they play at Aspen tonight before hosting Roaring Fork on Friday.
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