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Sophomore a surprise force in heavyweight division

Mike Zerfoss might be wrestling under the Basalt High School banner at this weekend’s Class 3A state championship, but there’s no hiding the fact he’s a Glenwood Springs Demon.

The Glenwood sophomore wears his Demon jacket on road trips and often dons a Glenwood shirt between matches.

“I stay a Demon the whole time,” Zerfoss said. “If I win state I’m giving the trophy to Glenwood Springs High School.”

Zerfoss is one five Glenwood Springs High School athletes who wrestle for Basalt because Glenwood doesn’t offer a wrestling program. Last weekend, he won the 3A Region 1 heavyweight title. This week GSHS coaches and staff voted him the Glenwood Springs High School Athlete of the Week.

And today, he begins competition in his first state tournament ” something of a surprise for someone who had virtually no experience on the mat prior to this season.

“When I first started wrestling I thought I was going to suck and lose every match,” Zerfoss said. “It’s been the exact opposite.

“I don’t know any moves,” he added. “I just go out and give it everything I’ve got for that six minutes.”

The philosophy has served him well, winning 36 of 40 matches this season.

As an added benefit, the wrestling should help him out playing on the offensive line of the Demons’ football team next fall.

“I’m definitely more agile and quicker on my feet than I was and have a lot better balance,” said Zerfoss, who still considers himself a football player who wrestles. “I haven’t lost anything. I’m still as strong or stronger.”

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