Randy Muhme didn't wrestle for Hayden last year and was late coming out this season, but the junior heavyweight is proving skill and talent sometimes make up for a lack of experience.
Muhme captured first place at the Paonia Tournament on Saturday and won both his matches in Friday's triangular with Paonia and Antonito. He had one forfeit win during the two-day span. The rest of his wins came via fall.
"He was always in control," Hayden assistant coach Leif Jacobsen said. "He listens and tries things. He's really coachable."
Tigers junior Jake Doolin picked up two wins Friday before finishing second at 140 pounds in Saturday's tournament.
Hayden senior Jason Rolando and Soroco junior Whittier Gates took second at 215 and 152 pounds, respectively, as well.
Rolando fell to Norwood's Brian Alexander, a 2003 state qualifier, in the finals. Gates fell in the finals to a wrestler he beat earlier this season, Rams coach Doug Gates said.
Rolando and sophomore Tim Taylor also picked up exhibition wins over the weekend for Hayden.
Hayden and Soroco return to the mats Saturday in the Western Slope League Tournament in Meeker. The host Cowboys clearly are the team to beat, Jacobsen said.
"We need to do well in Meeker," Jacobsen said. "It will be a good indicator of what we can do at regionals."
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