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One Cardinal remains

Post Independent Writer

Grand Valley’s Justin Busch was the only Cardinals wrestler to stay in the championship bracket after the first round of the Class 2A state high school wrestling tournament, which started Thursday at the Pepsi Center in DenverGrand Valley’s Justin Busch was the only Cardinals wrestler to stay in the championship bracket after the first round of the Class 2A state high school wrestling tournament, which started Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.The 145-pounder decisioned Jeremy Handy of Custer County, 7-1, but the junior has a tough match ahead of him in the second round.Busch takes on Class 2A’s top-ranked 145-pounder in Chad Behrens of Merino on Friday. Behrens pinned Steven Murray of Las Animas in 3 minutes, 42 seconds in his opening match.Grand Valley’s other three qualifiers didn’t fare as well in their opening matches. At 130 pounds, the Cardinals’ Cody Miles fell in 2:45 to defending state champ Kevin LeValley of Limon in 2:45. Miles drops to the consolation bracket and faces Josh Fringer of Sanford.Danny Manzanares battled at 135 pounds but couldn’t overcome Dan Blackwelder of Limon. Blackwelder, ranked No. 5 in 2A, won the match in a 10-4 decision. Manzanares takes on Daniel Ornelas of Rocky Ford today.Grand Valley’s 189-pounder Chanse Brackett also took on a top-five foe in No. 4 Dex Cure of Wray. Cure won by pin in 1:40. Brackett faces Andrew Gallegos of Antonito in the consolation bracket.The Rifle Bears had nine wrestlers and Glenwood Springs had one wrestler in the Class 4A state tournament. No preliminary results were available at press time.The Rifle Bears had nine wrestlers and Glenwood Springs had one wrestler in the Class 4A state tournament. No preliminary results were available at press time.


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