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Rifle’s Wooten downs Roman – but falls in the rematch

Phil Sandoval
Jim Noelker photo Rifle Bear Johnathon Terry, 160 pounds, pins Abram Natividad from Pueblo South High School during the first round of the Warrior Classic Wrestling Tournament held this weekend at Central High School.
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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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