Hayden, Soroco wrestlers stay alive

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— Hayden and Soroco took 19 wrestlers to Grand Junction for the two-day regional tournament.

And all 19 are still in the running for a trip to state.

In addition, six wrestlers, three from each school, still have the chance to be regional champs, following the first two rounds Friday at Grand Junction High School.

Josh Iacovetto (112), Whittier Gates (152) and C.J. Horn (275) all had first-round byes for Soroco before defeating their second-round opponents.

Hayden wrestlers Jake Doolin (130), Kelly Bruchez (152) and Alan Stark have yet to lose as well. Stark has yet to wrestle after receiving a first- and second-round bye in the 215-pound division.

The remaining 13 wrestlers for the Tigers and Rams lost one match and won the other, meaning their margin of error is zero today in the double-elimination tournament.

Soroco's Ray Trout (103), Brandon Ager (135) and Cody Denning (140) all had first-round byes but dropped their second-round matches Friday.

The same held true for Hayden wrestlers David Blair (112), Tim Taylor (140) and Matt Marchbanks (160).

Joe Crawford (125) and Chris Fuller (145) of Soroco lost in the first round but received second-round byes.

Matt Iacovetto and Shaye Bruggink were the only Rams wrestlers to receive two matches on Friday. Iacovetto (119) won his first handily before losing his second by fall. Bruggink (130) was pinned in the opening round but pinned his second-round opponent.

Hayden wrestlers Troy Kochenower (119) and Seth Copeland (145) wrestled two matches on Friday as well, winning the first but losing the second.

Isaac Haskins (135) was pinned in the first round but received a second-round bye.

Today's matches begin at 9 a.m. in Grand Junction, with the top four finishers in each weight class assured of a trip to the state tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver Feb. 20-22.

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