Steamboat's Colten Crawford wrestles Saturday in an Evergreen tournament. He took third place in the 120-pound division, and the Sailors came in second place overall.

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Steamboat's Colten Crawford wrestles Saturday in an Evergreen tournament. He took third place in the 120-pound division, and the Sailors came in second place overall.

Strong area wrestlers help Steamboat, Hayden place 2nd in tournaments

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— The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team was second, 10 points behind Fossil Ridge on Saturday in an Evergreen tournament, and, coach Shane Yeager said, the team left some points out there, matches it could have won, that would have pushed it to the top.

He was anything but disappointed, however. Saturday’s results were some of the strongest the team has had this season.

“I’m pretty excited about what happened,” he said.

The Sailors got championships from Cole Sittig in the heavyweight division and Connor O’Brien at 182 pounds. They got second-place finishes at 106 from Colton Pasternak and 113 from Dakota Thevdt as well as third-place showings from Brandon Yeager at 195, Colten Crawford at 120 and Mathew Hansen at 132.

Devin Scanlon was fourth at 220 pounds, and Will Anderson and Gage Reynolds were both fifth.

“We started off strong, and maybe some kids overlooked us,” Shane Yeager said. “We haven’t been known as wrestlers for a while, so we surprised some people down there. The kids wrestled really well.”

The team travels for a dual in Glenwood Springs on Thursday, then plays host to its own tournament at home Saturday.

Hayden finishes second in Rangely

Competing largely against regional foes, the Hayden High School boys wrestling team shined Saturday, finishing second in a duals tournament in Rangely.

The Tigers picked up two championships and had three more athletes finish second in their weight classes.

“I’m finally starting to see it,” Hayden coach Chad Jones said. “They’re buying into improving themselves and helping each other. I was really proud of the kids and their effort.”

Hayden got wins from Journey Vreeman at 160 pounds and Taylor Lewis at 182 — no huge surprise since the two often work against each other in practices.

“They’re starting to find their style and their rhythm,” Jones said.

Christian Carson was second at 170 pounds, a tough task for a freshman at a larger weight. Tyler Hockaday, at 106 pounds, and Tate Montieth, at 126, were also second. Tanner Guire at 132 and Hunter Rummel at 220 were third, and Michael Ferrier at 113 was fourth.

Tyler Boyer, Kent Miller and Tommy Wade were all seventh in their weight classes.

The Tigers are next in action Friday night in a home triangular.

Soroco picks up wins

Cody Constine led the way for the Soroco High School wrestling team, placing second at 182 pounds Saturday at a tournament in Rangely.

That was the highwater mark for the Rams, who have shown plenty of improvement, according to coach Jay Whaley.

“I feel much better after this week than I have after any of the previous weeks,” Whaley said. “They were doing some of the things we taught them, and they showed some growth, so that’s good.”

Soroco got other strong performances from Lane Martindale, who went 4-1 on the day, and Nate Ragan, Shad Covalt and Colton Martindale, who were each 3-2. Issac Jonas went 1-3, but that one win was the first of his career.

“It was a good day,” Whaley said. “We had kids do pretty well.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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