Steamboat Springs A wrestling tournament at Middle Park High School made for a rough season opening for a couple of local high school teams, but coaches were optimistic the weekend provided an important early-season test for their squads.
Between Steamboat Springs and Soroco high school teams, only one wrestler placed.
“It was a pretty tough tournament,” Soroco coach Jay Whaley said. “We need to go back at it and work hard this week.”
Steamboat’s Cole Sittig, wrestling in the heavyweight division, placed fourth, earning the top finish among his team.
He advanced to the semifinals before falling in a tough match, and then lost via a pin in the consolation semifinals.
“He was beating that kid pretty good but got caught and pinned,” coach Shane Yeager said about the third-place match. “He wrestled great and he almost got there.”
Elsewhere, Brandon Yeager came up just short for Steamboat, falling in overtime to miss his chance at a medal.
Shane Yeager said most of the other Steamboat wrestlers won at least one match and most went 2-2.
“They wrestled really well,” he said.
Lauryn Bruggink, Soroco’s 106-pound senior, finished 2-2 to lead the Rams.
Everyone else on the team went 1-2.
“It was something different for every kid,” Whaley said. “There were some good things. Some kids hit some moves, but there was a lot of tough competition out there.”
The Hayden High School wrestling team, however, picked up two placers Saturday at the meet.
Junior 170-pounder Ryan Domson led the squad with a second-place showing while freshman Tanner Guire was fourth in the 106-pound bracket.
“Ryan wrestled outstanding,” coach Chad Jones said. “He stuck to his gameplan and wrestled well on his feet.
“Tanner was a real bright spot, too. He won a match he probably should have thanks to his perseverance and hard work. He’s been working really hard in the room and it showed on the mat.”
Junior T-Lane Mazzola, at 132-pounds, ended up in a tie for seventh place as he was limited by a rule that allows an athlete only five matches in a day.
The Tigers will travel to Soroco on Saturday, where the Rams will host a home tournament. Steamboat, meanwhile, will send its junior varsity squad to that event while its varsity wrestlers will go to Wheat Ridge.