Muhme stands on podium

Hayden senior places sixth at state wrestling tournament

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Kenneth Muhme was in Craig, but his cousin, Hayden High School senior Randy Muhme, was in Denver wrestling in the 2005 Colorado State Wrestling Championships.

Kenneth did what he had to do to be there: He got on his cell phone.

Roger Muhme, Randy's father, gave the liveliest -- and most accurate -- play-by-play call anyone could ask for, keeping the family in Northwest Colorado up to date on the happenings in Denver.

And when he heard that Randy Muhme took John Mall's Bryan Crespin to the mat and got the pin in the third period of Saturday morning's consolation match, Kenneth Muhme had to be excited.

After coming down wide-eyed and inexperienced last season, Randy Muhme returned to the state tournament this year with a goal in mind: to medal.

"It feels so good to win matches at state," Randy Muhme said Friday. "I have perma-grin."

This year, Muhme placed sixth. Pinning Crespin guaranteed him no worse than sixth place and, subsequently, a spot on the podium in Saturday night's grand announcement on the Pepsi Center floor.

Muhme had a shot to wrestle for third or fourth but lost to Wray's Chris Reed, 7-2, in the semifinal consolation Saturday afternoon. In his match for fifth place, Muhme lost to Swink's Lee Holder, 6-0, doing an excellent job fighting off his back in both matches.

Muhme finished the season 22-9.

--To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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