Prep roundup: Grand Valley wrestlers earn first dual win of season
PARACHUTE — Ryan Frink couldn’t have been prouder of his Grand Valley High School wrestling team on Thursday night, and for good reason.
Jed Stagg’s first-round pin against Thomas Wirth of Basalt in the 160-pound weight class sealed the Cardinals’ 31-24 dual victory during the final match of the dual.
It was the first dual victory for Grand Valley this season.
“Our kids were wrestling more aggressive, and it’s great that they found some success,” said Frink, who is in his first year as the Cardinals’ head coach.
Grand Valley did drop to other duals, falling 60-9 against Cedaredge and 48-30 against Coal Ridge. Still, the win was a shot of confidence for his team as it heads down the home stretch of the season.
“These kids keep battling and … have shown a lot of heart,” Frink said. “They’ve kept battling and have shown a lot of perseverance.”
Going 3-0 during the three duals was Grand Valley 195-pounder Jonathan Downing, who won twice by pin and once by major decision. Going 2-1 during the three matches was 132-pounder Kolten Rebel, who won both of his matches by pin.
Coal Ridge also earned a 52-24 dual victory against Basalt.
Rifle 56, Palisade 47
PALISADE — The Bears (8-7 overall, 5-4 Class 4A Western Slope League) rallied from a six-point deficit at the beginning of the fourth quarter to snap a four-game winning streak by the Bulldogs (6-8, 5-3). Rifle outscored Palisade 27-15 in the final quarter, hitting 12 foul shots down the stretch.
The Bears will continue league play today against Summit in Frisco.
Palisade 36, Rifle 19
PALISADE — The Bulldogs (11-2 overall, 8-0 league) remained unbeaten in 4A WSL play with their victory against the Bears (9-6, 5-4). Christa Brown scored 10 and Casey Brown seven to pace Palisade, which outscored Rifle 11-5 in the second half.
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