Hayden rolls over North Park grapplers


— The Hayden Tigers came out and dominated visiting North Park Thursday night 68-6.

Out of seven matches, the Tigers won six in convincing fashion. Of the victories, four Tigers pinned their opponents.

"We did pretty good tonight," said John Svoboda, the Tigers' coach. "I'm satisfied."

The rest of the Tigers' points came on forfeits six.

Hayden sophomore Troy Kochenower, 112 pounds, set the tone for the Tigers early on.

Kochenower defeated sophomore Matt Wofford by a score of 12-0.

Jimmy Rossi, 125, followed his teammate's performance with the Tigers' first pin of the night. The senior pinned junior J.R. Wofford in the second period. At the time, Rossi was winning the match 6-0.

Defending state champion Anton Fredrickson, 135, also pinned his opponent, freshman Brandon Sereg. The senior pinned Sereg in the second period. At the time, Fredrickson was leading the match 14-0.

Sophomore Kelly Bruchez, 145, pinned his opponent, junior David Stephenson, in the second period. The sophomore was leading the match 7-0.

Junior Riley Whiteman turned in a solid performance against junior Luke Anderson. The match was called when Whiteman went ahead 15-0 midway through the final period.

Senior Joel Wixson had the quickest pin of the night. Wixson pinned junior Clayton Patterson with 43 seconds left in the first period. Wixson was leading 2-0 at the time.

The only match the Tigers dropped all night came when Tanner Copeland lost to junior John Mossman. The junior was pinned in the second period. Copeland had been winning the match 5-4.

Receiving forfeits for the Tigers were junior Jake Booco, 119; seniors Cameron Keadle, 130, and Josh Giessinger, 145; juniors Kevin Miller, 152, and Clayton Neumiller, 189; and sophomore Alan Stark, heavyweight.

Svoboda was hopeful the performance would carry over to a tournament in Paonia Saturday.

"Paonia is a tough tournament every year," Svoboda said. "The tournament will feature six ranked teams. This was a good showing. One we can improve upon."

The dual win was the second conference victory for the Tigers within a week.

The defending Western Slope League champions defeated West Grand 52-15 Jan. 5.

Although the Tigers won that match, Svoboda was disappointed with the conditioning of his team.

After Thursday night's performance, he believes the wrestlers are getting back into shape.

"We have had some kids come in the morning and run all week," Svoboda said. "Conditioning has improved."


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