Steamboat wrestling places well in Eagle Valley

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It was a rusty performance, but it wasn’t enough to entirely stop the Steamboat Springs High School boys wrestling team. The squad competed Saturday at Eagle Valley, and while coach Shane Yeager said the team wasn’t at its most polished, it did log three podium performances.

Brandon Yeager placed second at 182 pounds while Nathan Parks, at 126 pounds, and Cole Sittig, in the heavyweight division, each were third.

“Those three guys wrestled really well,” Shane Yeager said. “All-in-all, though, we were a little rusty. We’d like to see some improvement.”

Brandon Yeager had one of his best tournaments of the season and picked up a key win again a state qualifier from a year ago.

Parks, meanwhile, ran into a challenge from a Grand Valley wrestler and lost. He picked up the pieces to placed third.

“There’s no such thing as a good loss, but every once in awhile it’s good to have a reminder that it’s not always easy,” Shane Yeager said.

Steamboat now has a busy week. It wrestles on the road in duals Thursday and Friday, then again Saturday in a tournament in Rangely.

Constine leads Soroco

Cody Constine led the way for the Soroco wrestling team Saturday, placing fourth in a tournament at Lake County High School.

He went 2-2 in the 195-pound bracket.

“He had one of his better days,” coach Jay Whaley said. “He just wrestled better. He had a bit of intensity and more of a commitment to what he was doing.”

The team was just five wrestlers deep at the tournament.

Andrew Schupner and Nate Regan also had good days at the tournament.

Hayden wrestlers struggle

The Vernal, Utah, Tournament of Champions often is a bigger challenge for wrestlers than the state tournament, and last weekend it took a toll on the Hayden squad.

“We had a couple of pretty rough days,” coach Chad Jones said.

The team was without many of its most experienced wrestlers, out with either illness or injury. Veterans T-Lane Mazzola and Journey Vreeman missed the trip.

Those that did attend saw some of the best competition they’re likely to see this season.

Judd Magee, a junior varsity 103-pound wrestler, actually had the best results, but even he only came within two rounds of placing in the 32-man bracket. The tournament attracted 46 teams from four states.

“We’ve got some good kids, but we’re just really young,” Jones said. “Our effort was good, but we didn’t quite step up to the competition’s caliber.”

Hayden returns to action Friday with a dual against Grand Valley in Leadville. It will follow with a tournament in Leadville on Saturday.

This story has been corrected from its original published version. Hayden wrestler Judd Magee's name was misspelled.

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

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