Rifle finds winning touch at Eagle Valley tourney
A switch to the tournament, elimination-round format couldn’t have come at a better time for the Rifle High School wrestling team.The Bears, who had suffered back-to-back dual meet losses to Meeker and Grand Junction Central earlier in the week, had better success at the 10-team Eagle Valley Invitational Saturday in Gypsum.Four Rifle wrestlers advanced to the championship match, .In the team standings, the Bears racked up 199.5 team points and finished second. Widefield of Colorado Springs was the team champion with 208.5 points.Heavyweight Andrew Stone was the only Bears wrestler to win an individual title.In a repeat of an earlier encounter, Stone pinned Eagle Valley’s Gabriel Velasquez in 3 minutes, 51 seconds.Eddie Kreimier lost a 4-0 decision to Olathe’s Brandon Grey in the 119-pound championship match. Tyler Thompson, Rifle’s 130-pounder, absorbed a 6-2 defeat against Battle Mountain’s Daniel Trujillo and at 152, Tyler Cose lost 4-1 to Kylan Kotenstetten of Eagle Valley.Matt Aten of Glenwood Springs sufferied a 4-3 loss to Chris Best of Eagle Valley in the 145-pound title match.Three area wrestlers – Rifle’s Timmy Long and Jonathon Terry and 140 and 160 pounds, and Mike Mastriani of the Demons, who wrestles at 152 pounds – earned third-place medals.Area wrestlers return to the mat starting Tuesday when Grand Valley travels to Hayden for a dual meet. On Wednesday, he Cardinals and Glenwood are both scheduled for a tri-meet at Eagle Valley. Rifle is off until Saturday.Demon swimmers snowed outBad weather and poor road conditions forced Glenwood Springs to opt out of scheduled meets in Durango and Cortez last weekend. Weather permitting, the Demons will compete at the annual Jeffco Invitational in Lakewood Friday and Saturday.
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