Prep roundup: Coal Ridge finishes second in Rangely wrestling tourney; Rifle boys, girls fall
RANGELY — Coal Ridge High School’s wrestling team had eight individual placers at the Vern Rose Memorial tournament at Rangely High School on Saturday, and those finishes helped the Titans manage a second-place finish in the nine-team tournament.
The Titans managed three second-place finishers in 126-pounder Lane Nelson, 132-pounder Justin Gooodsell and 170-pounder Logan Stephens. Coal Ridge also had two third-place finishers in Gage Clemens (160) and Couy Harrington (195) and two fourth-place finishers in freshman Jacx Power (145) and Eddy Baez (152). Heavyweight Rudy Devora claimed the weight-class title by default.
Goodsell lost the 132-pound title match by pin to John Vincent of Fruita Monument. Nelson was pinned by Kyolloe Goedert of Meeker, and Rangely’s Ethan Allred pinned Stephens at 170.
The overall finish behind only first-place Meeker in the team standings was more than encouraging for Titans coach Kalvin Deere.
“We had a really tough schedule at the beginning of the season,” Deere said. “Performances like this … gives us a chance at the end of the season to be peaking mentally and physically.”
Also winning at Rangely — and finishing fourth in the team standings — was Grand Valley. Three Grand Valley wrestlers — 106-pounder JT Latham, 195-pounder Evan Hoff and 220-pounder Johnathan Downing — finished the tournament with weight-class championships. The Cardinals also had three third-place finishers in Russell Fadeland (120), Miklo Apolinar (126) and Osbaldo Maldanado (182).
Glenwood fares well at Evergreen tournament
EVERGREEN — Two Glenwood Springs High wrestlers finished with weight-class championships, and the Demons finished third in the team standings at the Evergreen Invitational tournament on Saturday.
Cristian Gonzalez, the top-ranked wrestler at 195-pounds, finished 4-0 in claiming the weight-class title. He pinned each of his four opponents, improving to 27-0 on the season while earning the tournament’s award for its outstanding wrestler.
Also winning a weight-class title was Myles Wilson, who improved to 26-1 with his four victories at 152. He won the title match against Standley Lake’s Lorenzo Balderas by technical fall at the 4:46 mark of the match.
Losing for the first time was 120-pounder Riley Prough, who finished second at 120 pounds. Glenwood’s Felix Cano finished third at 106 pounds. The Demons, as a team, finished third. Palisade won the team title with 190 points, with Class 5A Palmer of Colorado Springs second with 166.5. Glenwood was third with 164.5 points.
“We [as a coaching staff] felt good about the kind of performance we had,” Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook said. “The kids obviously faced tougher competition as the tournament went on, which is something that we needed to see to start getting ready for regionals.”
Montrose 50, Rifle 25
MONTROSE — The Indians handed the Bears a nonleague loss on the road on Saturday. Rifle, which dropped to 6-6 overall with the loss, will continue league play on Friday at Battle Mountain.
Roaring Fork 53, Olathe 32
OLATHE — The Rams (7-3 overall, 4-1 3A Western Slope League) rebounded from a convincing loss at home against Grand Valley on Friday with a convincing road win on Saturday over the Pirates (0-9). The rams will play again Friday at home against Moffat County.
Montrose 31, Rifle 18
MONTROSE — Rifle was held to single-digit scoring in all bu the fourth quarter against the Indians during a nonleague loss on Saturday. The Bears (7-5), who have lost four straight, will try to rebound Friday at Battle Mountain.
Olathe 59, Roaring Fork 27
OLATHE — Roaring Fork showed fight against the ninth-ranked Pirates, who pulled away in the second half after practically playing even with Olathe in the second quarter. Roaring Fork (3-7, 2-3 league) will host Moffat County on Friday.
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