Soroco wrestlers take titles

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Whittier Gates and Matt Iacovetto continue to impress, while younger members of the Soroco wrestling team continue to learn what competing at the varsity level is all about.

As a team, the Rams didn't fare well at the Cedaredge Tournament last Saturday. The dual-meet format pitted one team against another for the entire day.

Soroco doesn't have a full team, and rookie wrestlers are locked in at several of the Rams' weights, so the odds of winning always will be stacked heavily against Soroco in a dual format.

Rams coach Doug Gates said the format of the Cedaredge Tournament isn't one his team will encounter much during the rest of the season.

While the team didn't score well in the duals, several individuals picked up wins in the Saturday tournament.

Whittier Gates continued his dominance of state wrestlers at 160 pounds. The Soroco junior pinned all five of his opponents Saturday to win the 160-pound title. Gates also took first at the Steamboat Invitational on Dec. 6.

"Whit wrestled really well," Doug Gates said.

Junior Matt Iacovetto won his first tournament title of the year at 140 pounds. Iacovetto had four matches and won them all.

Senior Joe Crawford picked up one win as well for Soroco.

"All the other wrestlers, it's just a matter of learning," Gates said.

Soroco takes the mat at 6 p.m. Friday in the Hayden Triangular. Rangely is the third team in the triangular.

The Rams close out the week at the West Grand Tournament on Saturday. Hayden and Steamboat also will be wrestling at the all-day tournament. This Saturday's meet is the last for all three Routt County teams before the holiday break.

"I just want to see them wrestle really well," Gates said of his expectations for the weekend. "I want to see them realize where they have to be when they come back."

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