Steamboat 'sluggish' at invitational, coach says


— Steamboat Springs displayed its inexperience on the wrestling mat Saturday as the team finished last at the Olathe Invitational.
The Sailors, who were without two of their wrestlers, scored 30 points that placed them eighth overall. Palisade took first place with 206 points and Olathe was second with 147 points. Paonia came in third.
Sailors Mike Radford and Levi Muhme placed in the top four in their weight classes, but for the rest of the young squad mental mistakes were costly.
Justin O'Leary, a 112-pounder, was ahead against Jesse Burch of Olathe before a mistake he made cost him two points.
O'Leary, who lost the match 3-2, would have placed if he had defeated Burch.
"I thought the kids were a little sluggish," Sailors coach Chris Decker said. "We didn't wrestle very well and we got some real bad bracketing. We had a very difficult first round."
The finish was a disappointing one for the Sailors following last week's Steamboat Invitational, where they placed No. 8 out of 13 teams. Four Steamboat wrestlers placed in the top four during that tournament.
Muhme, who wrestles at 135, came in second at the Olathe Invitational, falling to Palisade's Jim Keeling 5-0 in the finals. Radford pinned Anthony Lazano of Paonia at the 3:18-mark to claim third place in the 215-pound class.
Decker said his team would improve as they continue to gain more experience throughout the year.
"It's not happening for them yet, but it will," Decker said. "We're looking forward to next week now for some kids to place."
The Sailors next will compete at the West Grand Tournament Saturday at Kremmling.


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