Soroco wrestlers open with big results

5 Soroco athletes place at Middle Park High School tournament

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— Soroco High School junior Tris­­tan Palyo led the way Satur­day as the Rams wrestling team opened its season with a strong performance at a tournament at Middle Park High School.

Palyo was second, wrestling in the finals of a high school tournament for the first time.

“It’s disappointing he lost, but it’s exciting that he wrestled that tough in a big tournament to get to the finals,” Soroco coach Jay Whaley said.

He had plenty of company in placing.

Junior Richard Gonzales managed a fourth-place finish in the 32-man, 160-pound bracket. Sopho­­more 140-pounder Josh Baker was fifth, and 171-pound freshman Cody Constine was sixth.

“For a freshman like Cody, just to place in a tournament like this, that was a big shock to us,” Whaley said. “He really wrestled hard.”

Junior 103-pounder Lauryn Brug­­gink forfeited her final two matches after sustaining a shoulder injury, but she finished sixth.

Hayden and Steamboat Springs high schools also competed in the meet, but neither coach could be reached Saturday.

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