Four Sailors in top 4 at weekend tourney

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Steamboat Springs wrestlers Andy Morrell and Houston Mader placed second at the West Grand Tournament.

Morrell, a senior, finished second at 135 pounds. Mader, a sophomore, was second at 140 pounds. Sophomore Luke Rummel (152 pounds) and junior Alex Centner (215 pounds) placed fourth to round out Steamboat's top finishers.

"I told the kids they wrestled well," Sailors coach Sean McCarthy said. "It was definitely a different level of wrestling. It was definitely a step up from the (Carl Ramunno) Invitational."

The Carl Ramunno In----vitational was held in Steamboat on Dec. 3. The West Grand Tournament, held Saturday in Kremmling, was Steamboat's first out-of-town competition of the season.

Steamboat juniors A.J. Car--mack and Joey Melius just missed out on placing, but both wrestled well, McCarthy said.

"A.J. beat a guy from Rangely that gave him problems earlier," McCarthy said.

Steamboat's wrestlers will be off Friday and Monday, but they will be able to take part in voluntary clinics with noncoaches during their time off from school next week.

"I don't want to kill the momentum," McCarthy said about his decision to open the wrestling room during the break.

Steamboat resumes the 2005-06 season with the Eagle Valley Tournament on Jan. 7. It will be the Sailors' first real look at regional opponents.

--To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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