Steamboat Springs Looking ahead, Hayden Middle School wrestling coach Dallas Robinson can only smile at the possibilities.
In sending six wrestlers to the Rocky Mountain Nationals on Saturday, Robinson said the reality of getting his wrestlers statewide - and on some scales nationwide - recognition is a real possibility.
"I'm just looking forward to our kids starting to perform on a national level," Robinson said.
If the results from the Soroco Middle School wrestling tournament are any indication, Robinson will probably have a lot to smile about.
Four Hayden wrestlers finished first, four finished third and one finished fourth.
"The team is progressing well and seems to be gelling just at the right time," assistant coach Ty Camilletti said. "The younger wrestlers have really exceeded my expectations."
Led by eighth grader, Treyben Letlow, Hayden finished third in the tournament, behind Gypsum Creek and Moffat County.
Letlow, who finished first, improved his record to 22-0 and pinned every opponent he faced at the Soroco meet. His fastest pin came in 18 seconds.
"Treyben is definitely one of the most technically advance wrestlers on the team," Robinson said. "Most importantly his aggressive style, confidence and determination makes him willing to explore new and more advanced move in practice and during competition."
Along with Letlow, T-Lane Mazzola, Nick Williams and Jake Hockett all finished first. Dakota Zehner, Mark Doolin, Ben Williams and Ty Dunckley finished third.
Steamboat Springs, who also competed at the meet, finished in 11th behind strong performances from Casey Williams (second), Abraham Rodriguez (third), Grant Mader (fourth), Aaron Higgins (fourth) and Colton Mahanna (fourth).
"We took five kids, and all five placed," Steamboat coach Sean McCarthy said.
Next for the Hayden and Steamboat teams is the Routt County Triangular on Tuesday at Steamboat Springs High School.
Robinson, who should have most of his wrestlers before they head to the Rocky Mountain Nationals, said Tuesday's tournament should help his wrestlers prepare for the tournament in Denver.
"We have a great group of kids," he said. "With what we want to do, this tournament should help."
The triangular tournament starts at 5 p.m. Admission is $3.
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