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Rifle’s Wooten wins 125-pound state title

Bret Hartman/bhartman@vaildaily.com Rifle's Luke Wooten puts Skyline's Kenny Seaver in a hold Saturday during the 125 pound state wrestling final at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Wooten won his first state title.
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Wrestling Bears is no easy task. Just ask the 20 wrestlers who were victims of the Rifle Bears attacks.Rifle sent nine wrestlers to the 2005 State Wrestling Tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver and earned three medals, including a state championship for junior 125-pounder Luke Wooten. Wrestling Bears is no easy task. Just ask the 20 wrestlers who were victims of the Rifle Bears attacks.

Rifle sent nine wrestlers to the 2005 State Wrestling Tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver and earned three medals, including a state championship for junior 125-pounder Luke Wooten. Senior 215-pounder Jeff Zimmerman was also a part of the Parade of Champions and earned a second place finish. Then there’s sophomore Timmy Long, who battled his way through the consolation bracket to claim fourth place at 135 pounds.Despite facing two ranked wrestlers, Wooten, ranked third entering the tournament, rolled through the first three rounds of the state tournament with a 21-5 technical fall in the opener and a 13-7 win the second round. Wooten was pressured some in the quarterfinals, but handled J.R. Roman of Pueblo South 7-3. “He worked his way through the hardest side of the bracket and won a state championship,” said coach Jim Suminski. “He earned it. It was great.”

The championship round was a battle, and Wooten came out on top with a 3-2 victory over Kenny Seaver of Skyline.”It was definitely close,” Wooten said. “I got the first takedown and he got a reversal, and an escape from me and that was the last score of the match.”Zimmerman pinned every opponent until the final match, when he ran into fellow Western Sloper Scott Garoutte of Moffat County.Garoutte entered ranked No. 1 in the state and proved why in the championship match, pinning Zimmerman in 2:41.

Long fell 6-3 to No. 4-ranked Zac Unrein of Sterling in the third-place 135-pound match.At 171 pounds Rifle’s Casie Dunlap won his opening match before getting bumped to the consolation bracket. He fell just short of battling back for medalist honors, falling to Eagle Valley’s Brendan Best in the consolation quarterfinals.Tyler Cose also won his first-round match on Friday at 152 pounds, but fell in his first consolation match against Jordan Titoni of Pueblo CentennialEddie Kreimier (119) and Tyler Thompson (130) finished the tournament with 1-2 records. Alex Avila (103) and Tyson Thompson (145) were eliminated after their first two matches.


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