One week before the biggest meet of the year, the Hayden and Steamboat Springs wrestling teams lightened the mood with an exhibition match -- one, one-armed 125-pound Steamboat wrestler (Houston Mader) versus two Hayden wrestlers, 103-pounder Zed Wheelock and 112-pounder Jeff Dunn.
There wasn't a definitive victor, but the Tigers wound up winning the actual dual, defeating the Sailors, 36-30, behind Robert Culver's pin at 215 pounds.
Friday was the annual Routt County Triangular. Soroco lost both duals because of numbers, but the matches it did get in were wins.
Joel Schlegal (103 pounds) pinned Wheelock, and Levi Gonzales (112) pinned Dunn. Gonzales also beat Steamboat's Daniel Sills in a "good, hard exhibition match," Sailors coach Jay Muhme said.
Soroco's Matt Iacovetto (152) pinned Isaac Haskins on a move Haskins knew was coming: the scissors.
"I'm starting to learn what he likes to do," Haskins said. Haskins came back and pinned Steamboat's Joe Nerney with a crossface corkscrew.
"You can't win them all, and I'm learning from my mistakes," Haskins said. "I've had a tough bracket every week."
Hayden and Soroco travel to a Class 2A regional meet Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, where the Tigers and Rams have a shot to advance several wrestlers to state.
Steamboat travels to Montrose for a Class 4A regional meet Friday and Saturday, as well. Mader likely will have the best seed of any Sailors wrestler, having defeated several quality regional opponents this year.
The following Routt County wrestlers also won a match or exhibition Friday: Steamboat's Luke Rummel (135), Steamboat's A.J. Carmack (140), Steamboat's Joey Melius (171), Hayden's Ray Curtis (140) and Hayden's Isaac Haskins (152).