Rifle wrestles to 2nd

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

DELTA – Things are looking bright for Rifle’s wrestlers, who took second place at Saturday’s Delta Invitational, despite missing key personnel. The Bears took second overall behind Grand Junction High School in the 14-team tournament. “It was really nice,” coach John Wiesnewski said. “There were a couple of times during the tourney we were back in fifth and sixth and it wasn’t looking too good.”Rifle wound up placing eight wrestlers, with James Conrardy and Marcus Arroyo fronting the pack with second-place finishes in the 140- and 125-pound weight classes, respectively. Larry Schmueser (103), Brian Key (215) and Tad Davis (heavyweight) all placed third, while James Martinez (119) took fourth and Kiefer Deere (171) and Branton Brown (145) placed fifth.”All the guys wrestled well,” Wiesnewski said. “They wrestled strong and tough. To me, it looked like we were the best-shaped team out there. We have a lot to improve on defense on our feet and little tiny techniques to work out.”The Bears head to the two-day, 32-team Warrior Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Rifle’s coach is as optimistic as he’s ever been entering the big meet.”Boy, I’m really excited for the Warrior this year,” Wiesnewski said. “All the years I’ve coached at Rifle I think we’ve cracked the top 15 maybe twice. This year, I think we can crack the top 10, top five, with how we did this weekend. A lot of those teams will be at the Warrior.”

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