Rifle’s Wooten downs Roman – but falls in the rematch
GRAND JUNCTION – In a 32-team tournament weird things happen.And, Rifle High’s Luke Wooten was on the receiving end of one of the oddest quirks of the 2004 Warrior Classic.
Post Independent StaffGRAND JUNCTION – In a 32-team tournament weird things happen.And, Rifle High’s Luke Wooten was on the receiving end of one of the oddest quirks of the 2004 Warrior Classic.Defeating Pueblo South’s J.R. Roman with a pin is a big accomplishment. But when both wrestlers were defeated in the latter rounds of the winners bracket, neither figured they’d battle each other again for the tournament’s 125-pound third-place medal.
The result was different the second time around.Roman never let the Bears wrestler get started. Roman took a 4-1 lead after the first period and limited Wooten to a one-point escape in an 8-1 decision.The loss took the zest from an outstanding tournament by Wooten, who had won five matches prior to the rematch.Wooten was one of two Bears to advance to a medal match.Tyson Thompson finished sixth in the 130-pound division, falling 7-3 to Kyle Frederickson of Moffat County.
He, like Wooten, earned his medal the hard way – by coming back through the elimination bracket after losing an earlier match.Falling out of the winners tournament in the quarterfinals, Thompson won four straight matches to be assured of a medal before Kyle Francis of Monte Vista derailed him in a third-place semifinal.By the second period Francis had opened a 14-0 lead and went on to win by technical fall at the 3:07 mark. Two other Bears wrestlers – Tyler Cose and Casie Dunlap – fell a step short of reaching a medal match at 152 and 160 pounds, respectively.Overall, Rifle advanced seven wrestlers in the two-day tournament beyond the consolation tournament’s second round.
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