Hayden sends 7 wrestlers to state; Routt County sends 10

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Routt County’s state wrestlers

Hayden

T-Lane Mazzola, freshman, 103 pounds

Chad Terry, sophomore, 119

Scott Armbruster, junior, 125

Nick Williams, sophomore, 135

Koleman Williams, senior, 152

Treyben Letlow, junior, 215

Will Valora, freshman, heavyweight

Soroco

Lauryn Bruggink, sophomore, 103

David Strait, junior, 140

Steamboat

Casey Williams, freshman, 135

— The Hayden High School wrestling team, competing Friday and Saturday at a Class 2A regional tournament in Palisade, qualified seven athletes for next weekend’s state tournament and garnered a third-place finish.

Freshmen T-Lane Mazzola at 103 pounds and Will Valora at heavyweight earned their first trip to the meet, which starts Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Chad Terry at 119, Scott Armbruster at 125, Nick Williams at 135, Koleman Williams at 152 and Treyben Letlow at 215 will return to the massive tournament.

“This was a great tournament for the kids,” Hayden coach Ty Camilletti said. “We had a great weekend. The way they wrestled, I couldn’t be prouder.”

It came as little surprise that Letlow was again among the team’s top wrestlers. The junior earned his second consecutive trip in the 215-pound class, where he was third a year ago. He’ll enter this year’s state tournament as one of the top threats to win a championship and still is undefeated on the season.

Sophomore Nick Williams, meanwhile, turned a few heads with his emergence at 135 pounds. He won Saturday’s regional championship match, bouncing back from a deficit to get the win.

“Nick just had a fantastic tournament. He just wanted it more than the other guy,” Camilletti said. “He was down in the finals match, but scrambled, took the other kid to his back and pinned him.”

Mazzola, Terry and Koleman Williams finished second, and Armbruster and Valora were fourth.

The Tigers just missed on qualifying two other wrestlers. Freshman Ryan Domson was fifth at 145 pounds, and Kolton Miller was fifth at 171.

“All in all, it was a really good weekend,” Camilletti said. “I’m heartbroken for the kids who didn’t make it, but I’m really proud of Hayden wrestling right now.”

Bruggink, Strait ticketed for tournament in Denver

Lauryn Bruggink and David Strait will represent Soroco at the state wrestling tournament.

Bruggink, a sophomore at 103 pounds, earned her second trip to the state tournament, and Strait, a junior at 140, will make his first trip to Denver for the event.

Bruggink locked down her spot despite a narrow 3-2 loss to Hayden’s Mazzola in the semifinals in Palisade. She bounced back to pin Meeker’s Cody Pfau in the consolation finals.

“She wrestled tough,” Soroco coach Jay Whaley said. “That match with T-Lane was a great match. Both kids were smart — conservative, but smart.”

Elsewhere, the Rams just missed on opportunities to take more wrestlers. Richard Gonzales was fifth, one place out of qualifying, at 160 pounds. Josh Baker, wrestling at 135, was also fifth.

“I’m real proud of my young kids,” Whaley said. “Even though some of them aren’t going to state, this will help them next year.”

Steamboat sends freshman to state 4A tournament

The absence of the Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team from the state tournament is over. Freshman Casey Williams finished fourth Saturday in the 135-pound division at the regional tournament in Mullen, ensuring himself a spot in next weekend’s Class 4A state tournament.

“A freshman qualifying for state in 4A, that’s a big deal,” Sailors coach Shane Yeager said. “He looked really good. He did exactly what we needed him to do.”

Williams won a match to get into the consolation finals, which nearly sealed his trip to state. “Nearly” proved to be the operative word. He lost that match and then had to win a play-back match again the wrestler who had won the match for fifth and sixth. Williams got it done, however, winning a 9-4 decision.

“It was pretty nerve-racking,” Yeager said. “Everyone on our team wrestled well this weekend. I’m really happy. This was a big step for us.”

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