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Carson, Mosman aim for state

Hayden wrestling coach Chad Jones looks in on the action last spring at the state tournament in Denver. He's hoping to return to that showcase with a pack of eager wrestlers this year. The winter season starts Saturday for the Tigers as they make a trip to a tournament in Middle Park.

— It's not the biggest squad the Hayden High School wrestling team has deployed in recent seasons, but coach Chad Jones is optimistic about the prospects for his team.

The Tigers, 12 deep this winter, are led by a pair of state-experienced seniors who are harboring big ambitions, not just of making it back to the state championships in Denver, but placing high there.

"They've been working hard in the early season, and I just hope they can keep it up throughout the year," Jones said. "I expect them to go out and show their skill set, to go out and use their skill set and perform to the best of their abilities."

With those seniors — Christian Carson, likely at 195 pounds, and Devlyn Mosman, probably at 113 — that skill set have proven rather extensive.

Mosman will be gunning for his third trip to the big tournament.

"Once he gets a guy taken down and gets on top, he can pretty much take over," Jones said of Mosman. "He can break an opponent's will."

Carson, meanwhile, will be hoping to avenge a loss in the Class 2A state semifinals at last year's state tournament.

"That broke him," Jones said of the loss. "It humbled him and now he knows this is his last chance. He has uncanny ability, a great physical strength, and he's never in a bad position.

"When you work so hard for something, and you don't get it, it's really hard,” Jones said. “He wants to see something now from doing all that work."

After those seniors, Jones said he has a talented stable of underclassmen. Lebo Armendariz will wrestle at either 220 pounds or heavyweight. Jake Planansky will figure in at 138 pounds and Garrett Murphy at 132.

Freshman Hunter Planansky will take to the mat but faces a tough road at the veteran-heavyweight of 152 pounds. Taylor Powell and Thalia Carbajal, meanwhile, currently slot in as junior varsity wrestlers, though they could crack the varsity roster as other wrestlers settle into weight classes.

"She's one heck of a worker," Jones said of Carbajal. "I have three wrestlers who lifted all summer, and she was there."

The team starts its season Saturday with a trip to wrestle in Granby at Middle Park High School.

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