Prep Sports Roundup
PALISADE, Colorado ” The Grand Valley Cardinal grapplers took fifth at the Palisade Tournament on Saturday. They had two champions, and four wrestlers made the finals.
At 140 pounds, Jared Tonder took first place in his weight bracket, pinning Cody Harris of Denver East in 5 minutes, 30 seconds.
In the next class at 145 pounds, Ryan Gallegos also placed first, pinning Tommy Taylor of Cortez in 4:48. James Drinkhouse (130), Tyler Miles (152), Chris Forney (171) and Joe Joyner (285) all made it to the finals.
Cardinals coach Rick Gallegos said he’s seeing the same kids each weekend up on the podium, and those guys need to get help from the rest of the team. All the guys are attending the same practices and working on the same moves, Gallegos said, but he’s still seeing the same results week in and week out.
Olathe is at Grand Valley on Wednesday for a dual starting at 6 p.m. The Cardinals don’t match up well with the Pirates, but there should be some exciting bouts in the middle weights, Gallegos said.
DENVER SOUTH, Colorado ” The Glenwood Springs wrestlers brought home first place from the Denver South Rebel Invitational on Saturday. They scored 136.5 points to top Monarch (128) and Harrison (117).
The Demons entered nine wrestlers at the invite, and eight of those placed. Tournament champions were junior Vincent Tsosie at 125 pounds, and seniors Hunter McCallum (145) and Greg Orosz (285). Tsosie and Orosz pinned their way through the tournament in a timely manner, accruing valuable bonus points for the Demons, assistant coach Miles Cook said.
Junior Taylor Parsons (130) and senior Kevin Campbell (189) each placed second, and sophomore Chris Ayala (160) placed third.
Freshman Mike Mills, at 112 pounds, placed second, losing by major decision to Elias Garcia (13-1) in the finals.
His brother, senior Greg Mills, placed third at 119.
On Friday, the Demons were in Meeker and came out with a 58-21 win. Picking up wins were: Greg Mills getting a pin in 1 minute, 54 seconds, Parsons winning a 3-2 decision, Ayala getting a pin in 2:54, and A.J. Mims (215) with a pin in 1:09. The Demons also had five matches that they won by forfeit.
RANGELY, Colorado ” Coal Ridge took fourth out of 13 teams at Saturday’s Rangely Invitational wrestling tournament.
The Titans sent four wrestlers to the finals, settling for second with losses in each championship match.
At 140 pounds, Coal Ridge’s Keenan Grumley dropped his title match to Travis Witherell of Rangely by a count of 8-5. Rangely’s Ryan Cramer pinned the Titans’ Josh Alsop with just a few seconds to go in the first period.
At 171, Kevin Laidlaw lost by fall to Duchene, Utah, wrestler Selby Reinhardt in 3 minutes, 43 seconds, and Hayden’s Coy Letlow pinned Bradey Gasaway in the 189-pound title match.
“I thought we wrestled really well,” Coal Ridge coach Rob Grumley said. “We didn’t finish as strong as I’d like to see, but we’re definitely getting stronger every week. We just have to come through a little tougher in the finals matches.”
Also finishing high for Grumley’s Titans were Neal Schultz (125) and Michael Larsen (160).
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado ” The Demon swimmers had a “really good weekend with some great times,” coach Michelle Brune said. They were a small school amongst the “big fish,” as Brune said, and were able to pick up some good times anyway.
Sierra Grove placed second in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 25.20 seconds, and third in the 100-free at 55.02 seconds. Her preliminary time for the 100 was a touch quicker at 54.94 seconds.
The 400-meter freestyle relay was sixth with a time of 4:00.83, well within the state qualifying time of 4:06. Morgan Wyrick had the first leg followed by Anna Wiltse, Keevyn Scholl, and anchored by Grove.
For the JV team, Meg Waibel placed first in the 50-free with a personal record time of 29.81. Alex DeLeo was eighth in JV diving.
The Demons have an overnighter for next weekend; Friday evening for a dual in Montrose and then to Gunnison on Saturday. Glenwood hopes to keep their undefeated league record intact, and that could be tough against Montrose, Brune said. Traditionally they are a strong, large team, she added.
This week in practice the girls will be putting on some miles and working on sprints. To get the team ready for the end of the season push, the next two weeks will be pretty tough.
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