Seeding for 4A regional favors Glenwood; Swimmers head to state meet
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The wrestling team at Glenwood Springs High School did well when its athletes were seeded for this weekend’s Class 4A Region 4 Tournament.
How well? One could almost say historically well.
“I don’t know that we’ve ever had two top seeds in the regional tournament,” Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook said.
The Demons did that this year, and they also notched a pair of No. 2 seeds in the tournament as well. That has Glenwood feeling confident as it heads into a tournament that takes place today and Saturday at Golden High School.
The top four finishers in each weight class earn state-tournament berths. First-round matches in the tournament take place at noon today, with consolation matches taking place immediately afterward. Placing matches take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, with tournament title matches beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Snagging one of those two top seeds for Glenwood was sophomore Myles Wilson (39-1), a returning state placer who sits atop the bracket at 152 pounds. Also seeded atop his bracket is senior and top-ranked 195-pound wrestler Cristian Gonzalez (41-0), who is the only wrestler in the entire region who is still unbeaten this season.
Glenwood, which will bring 11 wrestlers to the tournament, will also have those two second seeds in freshman 106-pounder Felix Cano (29-12) and sophomore 120-pounder Riley Prough (36-5). What’s more, Gonzalez, Wilson and Prough were all undefeated through the beginning of January.
The Demons — who two years ago brought just six wrestlers to the 4A regional tournament in Montrose — have earned some of those seeds thanks to its difficult dual schedule and their ability to wrestle up weight classes. Each of Glenwood’s higher seeds, along with everyone on the Demons’ roster, has wrestled in a higher weight class multiple times this season.
“When you’re wrestling against kids in heavier weight classes, you’re wrestling against stronger kids,” Cook said. “That helps put them in a position for them to compete at the state level.”
Other Glenwood wrestlers with winning records include senior Irvin Pallares (No. 3 at 132, 27-10), sophomore Larry Flores (No. 5 at 126, 23-14), freshman Jack Reis (No. 9 at 160, 6-2), senior Jose Diaz (No. 4 at 170, 25-15), junior Irvin Vazquez (No. 4 at 220, 21-17), and junior Gerry Viveros (No . 5 at 285, 18-7).
Glenwood Springs girls swimmers head to state meet
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Close to a dozen athletes from Glenwood Springs High School’s girls swimming team — relay alternates included — will be at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton today and Saturday for the Class 4A State Championships.
Four Glenwood swimmers — Kendall Vanderhoof, Hannah Peterson, Jessica Tuttle and Zoe Lyon — will compete in individual events at the state meet. The Demons will also compete with teams in all three relay events, with Glenwood’s 200-yard freestyle relay and its 400 freestyle relay earning a top-eight seed.
Individually, Vanderhoof, a junior, has a time of 1 minute, 54.56 seconds in the 200 freestyle that left her seeded third in the event behind Thompson Valley’s Eryn Eddy (1:49.92) and Aspen’s Kelli Callahan (1:54.10). She also goes in as the No. 7 seed in the 100 freestyle.
Peterson, a senior, will compete in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Tuttle is slated to swim in the 100 butterfly, and Lyon qualified for state in the 100 backstroke in this past weekend’s regional meet in Grand Junction.
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