Hayden fills out its roster

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— The Colorado High School Activities Association stipulates that wrestlers must have 45 minutes between matches.

For the Hayden wrestling team, which competed in five duals in one day, the 45-minute breather was about all its wrestlers got in Saturday's Olathe Dual Tournament.

"It was a lot of wrestling," Tigers coach Ty Zabel said. "I was pretty happy with the boys. It was a lot better showing than in years past."

Hayden defeated Norwood, 48-30, and beat Cedaredge, 42-18. The Tigers tied Rangely, 30-30. Hayden lost to Palisade, 75-6, and dropped a dual to host Olathe, 62-16.

"We picked up some wins here and there against Palisade and Olathe," Zabel said.

Matt Holden won both his matches against Palisade and Olathe wrestlers at 119 pounds. Mitchell Doolin (130 pounds) and Coy Letlow (152 pounds) also pinned their Olathe opponents.

"Those were some highlights," Zabel said.

Olathe, a Class 3A school, and Palisade, a 4A school, have larger programs, so their wrestlers won't be in the Tigers' postseason brackets. Cedaredge also is a 3A school, but Hayden had little trouble defeating the Bruins.

Holden, Letlow and Zed Wheelock (103 pounds) pinned their Cedaredge opponents. Hayden's wrestlers also received several six-point byes, contributing to the lopsided win.

Wheelock, Letlow, Chris DeBowes (145 pounds) and Isaac Haskins (160 pounds) pinned their Norwood opponents. Norwood is in Hayden's region, so those were valuable wins for the four Hayden wrestlers when it comes time for postseason seeding.

Wheelock and Haskins pinned their Rangely opponents, and Letlow won by technical fall. The teams tied at 30 in Olathe, but Rangely won four matches, and Hayden won three.

Hayden and Rangely, along with Soroco, square off in a triangular meet at 6 p.m. Friday in Hayden. The three teams are league and regional opponents, and all three have talented wrestlers.

"That will be a good one Friday night," Zabel said. "I expect to have a full roster except for 215 and heavyweight. I'm looking for a good week."

Tim Taylor joins the lineup at 171 pounds after getting hurt in football. Aaron Haskins will compete at 189 pounds.

On Saturday, the Tigers travel to the West Grand Tournament in Kremmling.

"We will see a lot of the teams in our region," Zabel said. "It will be a good one. Right now, going into Christmas break, it's just really working on technique with these kids. After Christmas, the kids will be locked into their weights, and then it's time to rock 'n' roll."

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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