Dillon finishes in third

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Steamboat Springs senior Donald Dillon took third place, and a few other Sailors wrestlers picked up wins at the West Grand Tournament on Saturday.

Wrestling at 145 pounds, Dillon rebounded from his semifinal-round loss to an opponent from Rangely to win the consolation match for third place.

"Donald is wrestling really well," Sailors coach Jay Muhme said. "His problem is self-confidence, and he's seeming to get a handle on it. The only kid he lost to was the kid that beat him in the dual. The only difference (in Saturday's semifinal match) was the confidence, because Donald had already been beaten by him. He wrestled a good match, but it was an up-and-down match."

Muhme said the Sailors started out strong as a team Saturday, winning many of their opening-round matches.

"At the end of the first round, we were in second place in the tournament, a place we haven't been in years," Muhme said. "Due to lack of numbers, we started going downhill, but it was exciting to hear their names in second."

Athletes from across Routt County have been hit by the flu, among other illnesses, through the early part of the winter, so Muhme did not take a full lineup to West Grand.

Andy Morell won a couple of matches at 119 pounds. A.J. Carmack picked up a win for Steamboat at 130 pounds. Alex Centner got a victory by fall for the Sailors at 215, and Dave Gittleson (135) and Walker Hammond (152) recorded match wins, too.

Joe Melius (160) and Matt Lakin (189) also made the trip to Kremmling for the Sailors.

The Steamboat wrestlers are off until Jan. 8 when they host Battle Mountain in a dual. The time for that match has yet to be determined.

During the holiday break, Muhme said he hopes a number of his athletes can get healthy for the 2004 portion of the schedule.

"Our team is not different than everyone else's," Muhme said. "Everyone's sick."

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