Prep roundup: Wrestlers hitting stride in the final stretch of season
MEEKER — Glenwood Springs High School’s wrestling team seems to be hitting its stride at just the right time.
The Demons won each of their duals at the Meeker Duals Tournament on Saturday, and the overall results of the individual matches left the team’s coaching staff optimistic headed into the Demons’ Class 4A regional tournament in Golden on Feb. 14.
“We wrestled really well all day, so and we are feeling pretty good about where we are at heading into regionals,” Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook said. “It seems the kids are coming out of the little funk we were in the past couple of weeks.”
Glenwood won against Rifle (51-25), Battle Mountain (72-12) and Grand Valley (57-21), though the rosters off Battle Mountain and Grand Valley were thin for the tournament. Glenwood also wrestled Meeker, the No. 3-ranked team in Class 2A, and fell 48-25.
Highlights included a 5-0 decision at 152 pounds by Myles Wilson against Meeker’s Casey Turner, the third-ranked wrestler in Class 3A. Glenwood’s Riley Prough fell to second-ranked Tristin Peloni of Meeker, ranked No. 2 at 120, by a scored of 6-4 after taking an early 4-0 lead.
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All of Garfield County’s wrestling teams took part in the tournament. Among them was Coal Ridge, which got pins from Eddy Baez (152) and Nick Carbone (182) during their 42-12 dual win against Rangely. Rifle won its other three duals of the day against Basalt (54-18), Battle Mountain (42-21) and Grand Valley (54-18). Among Rifle’s top finishers were Alex Rivas, who finished 4-0 with four pins, and David Fugita at 138, who went 4-0 with three pins.
Regional tournament for all classes take place this coming weekend.
Grand Valley 60, Roaring Fork 50
PARACHUTE — Sam Parker finished with a game-high 26 points to go with a 15-point outing from Gunner Rigsby, and the Cardinals (13-2 overall, 9-1 3a Western Slope League) held on in the second half against the Rams (9-6, 6-4).
John Parker added 13 points, and Grand Valley held a 31-26 lead at the break. Raul Leyva had 12 and Ray Acuna added 10 to pace Roaring Fork.
Coal Ridge 57, Gunnison 45
PEACH VALLEY — Greyson Keener’s 16 points led three players in double figures for the Titans (7-8, 6-4), who’s two-point halftime lead ballooned to 19 by the fourth quarter. Hunter Gerber added 15 and Brandon Herrera 14 for Coal Ridge.
Coal Ridge 60, Gunnison 23
PEACH VALLEY — Kaitlyn Detlefsen had 21 points and 14 rebounds, Jenny Call hit three 3-pointers and Mariela Martinez chipped in nine points and seven assists for the Titans (7-8, 7-3 3A WSL).
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It may be by a technicality, but the Valley Valkyries 7s rugby club were the de facto champions of their hosted tournament this weekend.