Mitch Doolin wrestles last month in the Western Slope League tournament. He was one of five Tigers to win their weight divisions that day. The team hopes for similar success this weekend as the Tigers compete for a chance to go to the state wrestling tournament in Denver.

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Mitch Doolin wrestles last month in the Western Slope League tournament. He was one of five Tigers to win their weight divisions that day. The team hopes for similar success this weekend as the Tigers compete for a chance to go to the state wrestling tournament in Denver.

Wrestling teams ready for regionals

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Steamboat wrestling, 2008-09

  • Dec. 6 at Middle Park Tournament
  • 7 a.m. Dec. 20 at West Grand Tournament
  • 7 a.m. Jan. 17 at Evergreen Tournament
  • Jan. 24 at Rifle Tournament
  • Jan. 31 at Estes Park Tournament
  • Feb. 7 at Conifer Tournament
  • Feb. 13 and 14 at Regionals at Montrose
  • Feb. 19 and 20 at State in Denver

Soroco wrestling, 2008-09

  • Dec. 6 at Middle Park
  • Dec. 13 at Delta
  • Dec. 19 at Hayden
  • Dec. 20 at West Grand
  • 9 a.m. Jan. 10 at Paonia
  • Jan. 17 at Rangely
  • Jan. 24 at League Tournament at West Grand
  • Feb. 13-14 at Regional at Grand Junction
  • Feb. 19-20 at State Denver

Hayden wrestling, 2008-09

— The Hayden High School wrestling team laid out the blueprint three weeks ago at the Western Slope League championships.

If the Tigers are able to follow those plans, they can be in for a huge weekend at the regional wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday in Palisade.

Wrestlers need to finish in the top four spots in their weight division to advance to the Feb. 19 to 21 state wrestling tournament in Denver.

The team captured five league championships. It will have to battle a few extra teams this weekend but will face many of the same competitors.

Similar results could set the team up nicely at state.

"It's very important to get that regional championship because it helps for seeding at the state tournament," Hayden coach Ty Zabel said. "If everyone wrestles like they did at league, we could take the whole team to state."

Rams expect challenges

Soroco coach Jay Whaley said his six-wrestler squad doesn't have anyone who's a lock to finish in the top four of the regional tournament and qualify for state. But the team also doesn't have anyone who's a huge long shot to make the 16-wrestler state draw.

"They all have to wrestle well," Whaley said. "There are some tough weights in our region, and we'll just have to see how well they wrestle."

The Rams' best chance to land a competitor may come from 103-pound wrestler Lauryn Bruggink. The freshman has beaten all but two of the competitors she could face this weekend.

Sophomore David Strait, at 145 pounds, will face off against four other competitors, meaning he has to beat out just one in order to advance. That doesn't mean he'll have an easy weekend, however.

"Two of those are previous state champions," Whaley said. "He has to stay in position and not give up cheap points."

Sailors look to build

The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team will field three wrestlers at this weekend's regional tournament in Montrose.

Sailors coach Shane Yeager said he's confident his young squad will turn some heads.

"My expectations are high," he said. "But, it doesn't get any tougher than where we're going."

Yeager said he's particularly eager to see 103-pound Grant Mader wrestle. The freshman only joined the team a few weeks ago and has been trying to shake the rust off after a successful wrestling career in junior high.

"This is his third week out, and he put it together pretty well last weekend," Yeager said, pointing to a sixth-place finish in a Conifer tournament. "He lost two matches over there that he would have won if he was a little more polished. That would have put him in third.

"If he can fix those mistakes this weekend, he has a good shot."

Comments

ashmuhme 5 years, 2 months ago

We're proud of you Hayden boys, love all of you guys and best of luck! We wish Steamboat and SoRoCo a good showing at Regionals too!

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