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Two Cardinals go home with third place finishes

Joelle Milholm and Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kara K. Pearson Post Independent
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DENVER ” James Drinkhouse is no stranger to Soroco’s Levi Gonzales.

The pair split two regular season meetings and the one Drinkhouse did win, he got by one point.

But the Grand Valley sophomore took the rubber match, which happened to be on a rather large stage ” at the state wrestling meet at the Pepsi Center.



Drinkhouse pinned Gonzales in 4 minutes and 28 seconds in Saturday’s 2A 125-pound third-place showdown, polishing off a 4-1 state meet record and a spot on the podium.

“I didn’t do as well as last year, so it meant a lot for me to place,” said Drinkhouse, who wrapped the season with a 29-9 record.



Facing a familiar opponent, Drinkhouse formulated a game plan of sorts going in.

“I knew I’d have to outmuscle him,” he said. “He’s a lot stronger than me.”

He did just that, taking an 8-3 lead by the time he iced the win with the pin.

Tonder goes to cradle, takes third

Down 2-0 at the end of the first period, Jared Tonder reverted to his signature move ” the cradle. He put it on Fowler’s Donnie White, got a 2:56 pin and finished the Class 2A state wrestling tournament with a third-place medal.

“I guess I have just lived by the cradle this year,” said the 135-pound sophomore. “I don’t think I have won a match this year at state without first losing and then coming back.”

After falling in the championship semifinals on Friday night, Tonder (34-8) came out with fire on Saturday, winning two matches to take third. The motivation wasn’t to do it for himself, it was to do it for on-its-way-to-a-state-title Grand Valley.

“I was disappointed last night because I didn’t make the finals and I thought that would really hurt the team, but by the standings so far I guess we are doing all right,” Tonder said. “(GVHS head coach Rick Gallegos) said to comeback and score as many points as you can through the back door, so that’s just what we tried to do.”

Cain, Busch wrestle to sixth

Cardinal Matt Cain extended his senior season with a 4-2 decision over Simla’s Michael Hamacher in the quarterfinals of the consolations. Cain (26-15) lost his next two battles but his two previous wins put him in position to place sixth.

Jerrod Busch’s run in the 119-pound weight class came to an end with a 5-2 loss in Saturday’s fifth-place match against Dolores Huerta’s Carlos Valverde.

Busch, just a freshman, was 2-2 for the state tournament and finished the season 23-19.


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