Tuesday, December 23, 2003
The Hayden Tigers fared well in Friday's home triangular, considering only one-third of the team showed up.
Only four of the 12 Tigers wrestled; others were sick with the flu, which has kept them out of school from two days to all week, Hayden coach John Svoboda said.
The Soroco Rams suffered similar troubles, bringing only four members of their team. Only the Rangely Panthers brought a full crew of 12, which helped them win the majority of the matches.
Hayden wrestlers, however, produced some exciting matches by winning them in just a few seconds or dragging them out to the end.
Hayden's 125-pound sophomore David Blair was one who fought long and hard for his victory over Rangely's Jake Byers. Blair faced Byers twice last year, losing both matches, including one in the regional tournament.
"He's a good wrestler," Blair said, squinting through his right eyelid, which was cut during the match. "He got me in a reverse half -- a tough hold to get out of. We've worked on countering that move, but I need to practice that more, just in case."
Hayden's 140-pound wrestler Isaac Haskins, on the other hand, won his match in less than 20 seconds, as did heavyweight wrestler Randy Muhme.
"I think I just overpowered him," Muhme said of his victory over Rangely's Zach Goddard. "That's the way my dad and his brother did it. They were both state champs."