Sunday’s late prep weekend wrapup
GRANBY – The Rifle Bears finished fifth in the team standings and had four medalists at the season-opening, 15 team Middle Park Invitational here on Saturday.
Rifle concluded the meet with 124.5 team points, finishing behind defending Class 4A champion Moffat County, Denver Broomfield and Torington, Wyo.
Torington, who won the 2001-02 Wyoming state team championship, is coached by former Bear coach Jason Nickel.
Three Bear wrestlers advanced to the tournament’s championship match before losing.
Jesse Long fell to a Torrington opponent in the 160 pound final. Prior to the championship match, Long won three matches by either a pin or technical pinfall.
Anthony Alfini, who wrestles at 171 pounds this season, after receiving an opening round bye, won two of his three matches by pinning his opponent.
In his first action as Rifle’s varsity-level heavyweight, Ty Hunter earned two pins before falling in the weight’s championship match.
Cody Ward won his third-place match against Moffat County for a bronze medal. He concluded the tournament with three wins against one loss. All three victories were by pinfall.
Rodney Long and Craig Gose complied winning individual records. Both wrestlers were 3-2 in the tournament.
The Bears have three scheduled matches this week beginning with Thursday’s dual match at home with Meeker. They conclude on the road with a dual at Eagle Valley on Friday, followed by the eight-team Delta Tournament on Saturday.
SUMMIT – The Class 4A, state-ranked Glenwood Demons opened the 2002-03 season with an impressive performance at the Summit Invitational.
Alina Roberts, a student at Aspen High School, who swims for Glenwood becaus her school does not field a team, qualified for the season-ending state championship meet in two individual events.
The junior had the fastest time in the 100-yard backstroke, winning the event in 1 minute, 3.49 seconds. Earlier, Roberts swam to a 25.95 second-place mark in the 50 freestyle.
Glenwood qualified two swimmers for state in the 500 freestyle. Ella McReynolds won the event in 6:13.55, five seconds ahead of freshman Jennifer Betts.
Lindsay Snyder’s second-place time of 1:16.49 in the 100 breaststroke fell inside the 4A state-qualifying time for the event.
Divers Kelly Hauskins and Amy Ackerman finished one-two and finished well above the minimum 190 point mark for six dives to earn berths to the Feburary meet in Fort Collins.
Hauskins ended the competition with 204.95 points. Ackerman complied 201.40 points.
Glenwood also swam to first-place finishes and state-qualifying times in the 200-yard team medley and 200 free relay events.
The Demons are scheduled to participate in Craig this Saturday as part of the Moffat County Invitational.
Rangely 65, Grand Valley 47
PARACHUTE – Grand Valley dropped a 65-47 decision to Class 2A Western Slope League rival Rangely in the final day of play in the Grand Valley Invitational Tournament on Saturday.
The Panthers took a 16-10 lead in the first quarter, and outscored the Cardinals in the second and third quarters to build a commanding 57-32 lead.
Justin Conklin led Grand Valley with 14 points; his brother Justin added 12. The Cardinals fall to 1-1 on the season and play in the Meeker Shootout starting Thursday.
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