Three Rams place at tournament

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The Soroco wrestling team didn't crown any individual champions Saturday, but the Rams continue to find the challenges they need during their weekend tournaments.

Soroco coach Doug Gates said he didn't know where the Rams finished as a team, but the three Soroco wrestlers who took part in Saturday's West Grand Tournament in Kremmling placed.

Freshman Justin Iacovetto was second at 103 pounds. Sophomore Dennis Morgan took third at 215 pounds, and junior Joel Schlegel was fourth at 119 pounds.

"Dennis didn't wrestle very well in the semis," Gates said. "He really should have taken this tournament truthfully. That kid (he lost to) ended up winning it, and Dennis ended up third."

Iacovetto lost his second match of the year in Saturday's 103-pound championship, falling to a Wiggins wrestler by four points.

"He was probably the No. 1 guy in the state," Gates said.

Schlegel didn't wrestle as well has he had been, but he as in a tough weight class, Gates said.

"He had been pretty sick all week, but he had three really tough matches," he added.

Schlegel, who weighs about 114 pounds, will be deciding whether he wants to drop to 112 or stay at 119 pounds. Wrestlers are given 2 pounds after the holiday break, meaning he could weigh 114 pounds and wrestle at 112.

Gates said he is leaving it up to Schlegel.

Soroco also is hoping to have Levi Gonzales back at 125 pounds after the New Year. Gonzales has been out with an injury, and he is waiting for a doctor's release to begin practicing.

The Rams resume their season at the Paonia Tournament on Jan. 7.

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

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