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Titans pinned by Demons, JV Bears

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Hosting two older teams, the Coal Ridge wrestling team put up a fight but lost 33-18 to the Rifle junior varsity team and 55-18 to Glenwood Springs Thursday night in the Coal Ridge Triangular.

“The kids battled tonight,” said Coal Ridge head coach Rob Grumley. “We are young. We have eight freshmen and two sophomores and we did a good job.”

Coal Ridge’s Rueben Palomares, won both of his matches by fall and Travis McCain posted a 1-1 record.



“Travis wrestled really tough tonight,” Grumley said. “He lost one, but he was tough.”

Coal Ridge lost a lot of points due to forfeits. The six the Titans had against Glenwood cost them 30 points. Despite the loss, Grumley said the wrestlers had a good time.



With 10 wrestlers on the Coal Ridge roster, a few Titans wrestled in multiple matches. Wyatt Fergeson won two and lost one, while Ian Grumley posted a similar 2-1 record.

“They had a lot of fun wrestling these teams ” there is kind of a rivalry there,” Coach Grumley said. “With Glenwood and Rifle so close, a lot of people came and they had fun.”

Rifle wrestling stomps short-handed Steamboat

Facing a Steamboat team with only six wrestlers, the Rifle wrestling team posted two pins, two decisions and four forfeits on its way to a 44-9 win over the Sailors in Rifle Thursday night.

Rifle’s Tim Long recorded the quickest pin of the night, beating Steamboat’s Joe Nerney 54.5 seconds in the 152-pound weight class. In the 112-pound battle, fellow Bear James Conrardy had the only other pin of the night, pinning Tyler Jones in 1:03.

In Rifle’s two decision victories, Luke Wooten beat Houston Madar 17-3 in the 130-pound match and Brandon Buhlman beat Andy Morell 20-9 in the 135-pound match.

Bears Alex Avila, Jacob Counts, Derek Fruetel and Tyler Thompson were all awarded forfeits.

Rifle will take the mats again on Saturday in the Longmont Tournament.


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