Photo by Joel Reichenberger
Steamboat Springs seventh-grader Max May wrestles Saturday at a meet in Steamboat. May won the 115-pound division, going undefeated against his competition and helping his squad to the team championship.
Steamboat Springs Saturday's home tournament marked the final chance most of the Steamboat Springs junior high wrestlers to make a statement.
The message that emerged was that wrestling still has a future in Ski Town USA.
Steamboat had 12 wrestlers place at the meet, won three weight-class championships and dominated the team standings.
Steamboat won the team championship with 108 points, better than second-place Moffat County's 77 and third-place East Grand at 75.
"Everyone had a great day," Steamboat coach Shane Yeager said. "We really put it together the whole year. We came a long ways."
Steamboat was led by the trio of Nathan Parks, Keenan Bradshaw and Max May.
Each of the three won his respective weight class.
"It was a great day," said Parks, the 80-pound champion. "I had to go out there and work hard, but it all paid off."
Bradshaw won the 103-pound division, going undefeated in the round robin tournament.
"I just wanted to go out and do my best and win all my matches," he said. "I just did what my coaches told me to do. It was a good season."
May also navigated the competition without a loss, winning at 115 pounds.
"This is my second year wrestling, and I'm very excited for next year already," May said. "I found a sport I really like."
Steamboat got points from nearly every weight class.
Ian Caragol was fourth in the 80-pound bracket. Aaron Higgins was second at 90 pounds, Dustin Andres third at 95, Alec Koepfer third at 100, Dane Koepfer second at 115, Brandon Yeager second at 145, Austin Rae third at 145 and Cole Sitting third at 165.
"I feel really good. Last year, I only won three matches, and this year, I won 12," said 165-pounder Cole Sittig. "I'm really happy about that."
The meet was Steamboat's best of the season, the only championship after a third-place finish at Soroco and a second-place showing at East Grand.
"It was a great way to finish the season," Shane Yeager said.
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