The trio of Routt County high school wrestling teams kicked off their seasons with a handful of top finishes Saturday at a tournament at Middle Park High School.
The Steamboat Springs High School squad netted four top three finishes. Hayden got two into the top four and Soroco one.
“Things turned out pretty good,” Sailors coach Shane Yeager said. “That gives us a starting point for the rest of the season.”
The Sailors were led in the tournament by junior Cole Sittig, wrestling in the heavyweight division. Sittig finished second, pinning his way through the bracket and into the finals before he ran into a talented wrestler from Eagle Valley.
“He wrestled really well,” Yeager said. “Our conditioning was pretty good for the first tournament, but we still have to put more of that in.”
Nathan Parks, at 126 pounds, Dane Koepfer at 145 and Brandon Yeager at 182 all placed third.
Freshman Alex Woodfield at 113 pounds charged to the semifinals before losing, then fell short in the consolation rounds.
Connor O’Brien and Guerin Lewis each won two matches, helping the team to an overall seventh-place finish.
Hayden also landed several high finishes at the event. Sophomore Kent Miller was third at 132 pounds while junior Journey Vreeman finished fourth in the 152-pound bracket. Jack Trapp and Garrett Camilletti each were 2-2 on the day.
“All of our guys wrestled pretty hard. Our effort was excellent,” Tigers’ coach Chad Jones said. “Sometimes they needed to think a little bit before attacking, but they did a really good job.”
Hayden also got a win from Colton Jensen, a senior competing in the first match of his career. He won at 145 pounds.
Soroco’s top performance was from 160-pound Garrett McCuller, who placed third. He finished 5-1 on the day and had four pins.
“He lost to a senior and he’s just a freshman. It was a pretty close match, 6-2, and I think that was a breakthrough,” Rams’ coach Jay Whaley said. “That helped him realize he can wrestle with these guys.”
Nate Regan went 2-2 for Soroco, earning two pins at 220 pounds.
“I’m real proud of those guys stepping up and giving their all,” Whaley said.
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