Steamboat Springs Editor's note: This story has been updated from its original version to correct Tanner Guire's grade level.
The Hayden junior high wrestling team will cap a strong season by sending 11 wrestlers to the state tournament in Denver this weekend.
Tigers coach Ty Camilletti said there have been previous years the junior high squad has sent more athletes to the big meet, and years it has sent more distinguished competitors than this year.
He said few Hayden teams have ever been as good as this one, however.
“They’ve been pretty outstanding,” Camilletti said. “This team’s good, there’s no doubt about it. More importantly, they have great attitudes, and they work hard.”
Eighth-graders Taylor Lewis, 18-3 this season at 140 pounds, Kiyanna Maestas, 12-14 at 130 pounds, Kent Miller, 25-5 at 100 pounds, and Tanner Guire, 19-10 at 90, will lead the squad, all having qualified for state.
“Taylor is making his third trip to state. That’s impressive,” Camilletti said. “Kiyanna, she’s a heck of an athlete. She wrestles some pretty tough kids, and she does pretty well. Kent, record-wise, was second best on the team. He’s a three-time state qualifier, too.”
Seventh-graders Judd Magee, 28-3 at 80 pounds, Jack Trapp 21-8 at 85, Garrett Camilletti, 21-9 at 90, and Tommy Wade, 23-7 at 105, also are coming off good seasons.
“We got a lot of excellent wrestling out of that group of seventh-graders,” Ty Camilletti said.
Isaac Maestas, 18-10 at 105 pounds, Tyler Boyer, 17-13 at 80, and Tyler Hockaday, 19-6 at 75, will represent a sixth-grade class that Camilletti said is particularly talented.
“Our sixth-grade class, they all finished with winning records,” Camilletti said. “That’s just unbelievable.”
Camilletti said wrestlers Michael Ferrier, 15-11 at 85 pounds, Trent Gabel, 10-11 at 95 pounds, Tommy Bertram, 12-6 at 95 pounds, Jack Hunter, 8-19 at 115 pounds, and Bryan Muhme, 14-11 at 120 pounds, won’t wrestle this weekend. Their performances, however, combined with those of their teammates headed to Denver, were more than enough to have Camilletti, who also coaches the high school team, excited about the future of Hayden Tigers wrestling.
“From top to bottom, we had a really good team this year,” he said. “We had good wrestlers, good leaders and great work ethic in the room all season. This is one of the better teams we’ve ever had here at the junior high level.”