The Steamboat Springs junior high wrestling team celebrates a victory after a home meet Saturday.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

The Steamboat Springs junior high wrestling team celebrates a victory after a home meet Saturday.

Steamboat's youth wrestlers end season with title

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— Steamboat Springs youth wrestlers, of course, went crazy Saturday when their team was named the champion of its home meet.

The young Sailors had collected seven individual championships, and they whooped and hollered loudly after it was announced that they had beaten out a stack of regional competitors, including second-place East Grand.

The celebration was even louder than might be expected, though, because members of the Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team joined the younger athletes in their cheers. The older group came to help coach the wrestlers. Their joining the celebration made perfect sense, Steamboat coach Shane Yeager said.

“This is the future,” Yeager said.

Those wrestling on the high school team will have plenty to look forward to, in terms of teammates.

Colton Pasternak, at 70 pounds; Dakota Thvedt, at 75; Alex Seng, at 105; Enrique Rodriquez, at 110; Tate Montieth, at 120; and Garret McCullar, at 125, all won their divisions.

Steamboat finished with 185 points overall, ahead of East Grand’s 148, North Park’s 94, West Grand’s 84 and Soroco’s 76.

Soroco finished the day with two champions. Lane Martindale won at 80 pounds, and Eric Logan was tops in the 95-pound bracket.

“We had some kids that beat kids they hadn’t beat all year, so that’s fun,” Soroco coach Jay Whaley said. “This is important. This is what makes the high school team. If they just come out in high school for the first time, it’s hard to get them caught up.”

Saturday’s tournament ended the season for the junior high wrestlers. Pee Wee wrestlers still have some action ahead of them, however. A short season begins with practice today and runs through April 8, with wrestlers between kindergarten and fifth grade working out twice a week.

For more information, contact Yeager at shane@barlazylranch.com, or 970-846-4414.

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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