Hayden wrestling qualifies 5 for state tournament

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— Sickness and injuries have plagued the Hayden High School wrestling team all season, and they continued to do so Saturday as the Tigers wrapped up competition in the regional wrestling tournament in Palisade.

That didn’t stop five top Hayden wrestlers from advancing to state, however.

Freshman Journey Vreeman qualified at 119 pounds, junior Chad Terry at 130, senior Scott Armbruster at 135, sophomore Ryan Domson at 171 and undefeated senior Treyben Letlow at 215. The state tournament starts Thursday in Denver.

“It’s been an unbelievable season as far as injuries and kids missing the season,” Hayden coach Ty Camilletti said. “We got five. That’s about as good as we could have done, but we would have liked to have gotten a few more.

“We can go down there and make noise with the five we have. We have some kids that can really go deep in the tournament.”

For several Tigers, the day’s results weren’t surprising. Letlow hasn’t struggled this season and had little trouble making his way to a second regional championship.

Armbruster, meanwhile, qualified for state for the fourth consecutive year.

Terry overcame an arm injury to win his weight class, however, and Domson earned his first trip to state, coming just short of winning his weight.

Vreeman perhaps was the biggest surprise. He was a last-minute substitute at 119 pounds as sophomore T-Lane Mazzola missed the weekend after being diagnosed with mononucleosis.

Mazzola finished second at the state tournament last year, but he won’t get a chance to try for a title this season. Vreeman made the best of the situation, however, finishing third.

“Journey’s gotten better every week,” Camilletti said. “It’s his first year, and he’s going to state. He was really excited.”

Gage Webb, wrestling with a torn groin, was fifth at 145, just missing the state tournament.

Kaiden Decker at 103 pounds also just missed, finishing sixth. Nick Deluca at 152 and Austin Cless at 140 also competed.

“Those guys didn’t come out on top, but I couldn’t be more proud of the way they wrestled,” Camilletti said. “They gave everything they had.”

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