Steamboat Springs What has been a frustrating season of trial and error for a young and inexperienced Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team hit a high note Saturday as the team competed in Estes Park.
The Sailors landed seven wrestlers in top-four finishes for their weight class and finished third overall.
“We got a third-place trophy we’re bringing home,” coach Shane Yeager said. “This is the first wrestling trophy Steamboat’s brought home in a long time.”
Freshman Casey Williams led the way for the squad by claiming the championship in the 135-pound division. His freshmen classmates Aaron Higgins, at 103 pounds, and Nathan Parks, at 112, each claimed second.
Junior 140-pounder Barton Fairlie and sophomore 130-pound wrestler Josh Reynolds each were third, while 125-pound freshman Dane Koepher and 119-pound sophomore Grant Mader each placed third in their classifications.
“We were finishing,” Yeager said. “These guys have come through the midseason, that little lull where things were getting long and tough, and they’ve stepped it up. We had two good weeks of practice and we finally pushed through.”
Bruggink, Strait lead Rams wrestling team Saturday
Finally fighting again with a full roster, the Soroco High School wrestling team wrapped up one of its most successful tournaments of the season Saturday at the Valley Classic at Central High School in Grand Junction.
The Rams were fifth overall on the strength of two individual second-place finishes and six wrestlers who made the top six of their weight divisions.
Sophomore Lauryn Bruggink was second at 103 pounds and junior Ben Strait had his best meet of the season in finishing second at 152 pounds.
“Ben, he wrestled tough,” coach Jay Whaley said. “He was in that finals match the whole way, too.”
Freshman 103-pound wrestler Robert Sales was right behind Bruggink, finishing third. Tristan Palyo was fourth at 145 pounds and Richard Gonzales, at 160 pounds, and Josh Baker, at 135, each placed sixth.
“We had a pretty good day,” Whaley said.
Tigers wrestling team tops Meeker on Friday, 39-24
The Hayden wrestling team knocked off Western Slope League rival Meeker on Friday night, winning a dual meet 39-24.
T-Lane Mazzola at 103 pounds, Ryan Domson at 145, Kolton Miller at 171 and Treyben Letlow at 215 all won. Mazzola, Domson and Letlow pinned their opponents while Miller pulled out a narrow 4-3 triple-overtime victory.
“We only had three kids that lost and they were all freshmen, but I was still happy because they came out aggressive and fought hard,” Hayden coach Ty Camilletti said. “We’re hitting it pretty good right now and wrestling a little faster than we were earlier in the year.”
The Tigers and all the local teams return to action at 6 p.m. Thursday. Hayden will play host to Routt County wrestling teams Steamboat Springs and Soroco, as well as a team from Meeker and a few junior varsity wrestlers from Moffat County High School.
Nordic combined skiers lead Steamboat Springs
The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing team’s ranks were bolstered on Saturday as skiers from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Nordic combined team joined the squad for a race at Devil’s Thumb.
That boost helped the squad dominate the event. The boys team took three of the top four spots and won the team championship while the girls landed two of the top three and finished second overall.
“It was an exciting day for Steamboat for sure,” Sailors’ coach Emily Lovett said.
Erik Lynch captured the boy’s individual title, finishing ahead of teammate Aleck Gantick, who was second.
Steamboat’s Jack Burger recorded his best finish of the season by slipping in at fourth place. Jake Barker was ninth, Wilber Ranieri 11th and Dane Dixson 20th.
On the girls’ side, Linnea Dixson paced the Sailors with a second-place finish. Cassady Daley was third, Mallory Hoots eighth and Eva Lambek ninth.
Steamboat next turns its attention to a home meet, which starts at noon Thursday at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs Alpine skiers shine in Sol Vista
Sam Glaisher finished first and Connor Bernard second Friday as the Steamboat Springs High School boys Alpine skiing team flew to a first-place team finish in a slalom race at Sol Vista.
Glaisher’s combined two-run time was 1 minute, 27.74 seconds, ahead of Bernard at 1:28.20. The Sailor boys also got top-10 finishes from Murphy Roberts, who was seventh, and Erik Peterson, who finished ninth.
Eric Samuelson was 13th, Alec Shaffer 17th, Erik Powers 24th, Matthew Dennis 28th and Ryan Hogrefe 30th.
The boys team had 173 points, well ahead of second-place Aspen’s 160.
The girls team was paced by Suzanne Lyon, who was second and Daley, who finished fourth, tied with Evergreen for first place. Each had 168 points.
Linnea Dixson was ninth, Rachel Grubbs 11th, Martha Anderson 13th, Mallory Hoots 15th, Megan Rosa 18th, Jessie Dunlop 25th, Camille Ribo 51st and Lambek 53rd.