Steamboat Springs Levi Muhme placed No. 1 in his weight class for the second consecutive week, leading Steamboat to a top-10 finish at the Rob Mickel Invitational at Salida Saturday.
Muhme, who beat Salida's Robin Gerlach by a score of 3-2 in the 135-pound class, also was a first-place finisher at the Eagle Valley Tournament.
Against Salida at home this season, Muhme pinned Gerlach.
But this time, the scrappy sophomore was a tougher challenge for him.
"I felt I defended some of his moves better than the first time and I was a little more aggressive," Gerlach said. "But, he's a respectable wrestler. He's really strong. I tried my best to beat him but he came out on top."
Gerlach may have lost the close decision, but his appearance in the finals helped Salida to a No. 2 finish.
Centauri placed first and Steamboat was ninth. Nineteen teams competed at the invitational.
Steamboat's Mike Radford placed third in the 215-pound class and heavyweight Will Zimmerer was No. 5. Justin O'Leary, a 112-pounder, placed sixth.
Steamboat next competes in a triangular match at Hayden at 7 p.m. Thursday. Soroco will compete also.
Muhme has an opportunity to avenge a loss to Hayden's Anton Fredrickson that occurred at the Steamboat Invitational.
Steamboat coach Chris Decker said his wrestlers put up a tough fight at Salida.
"It was some really good competition down there," Decker said. "The kids are steadily improving."