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Home sweet home for area prep wrestlers

Meets at 6 p.m. today are 1st of week’s worth of local action

— It will be strength on strength today when the Steamboat Springs and Soroco high school wrestling teams clash as part of a triangular at 6 p.m. in the old gymnasium at Soroco High School.

The top wrestlers so far this season on each team fall in the same weight bracket, and that should mean an exciting match in Oak Creek as the 140-pound sophomores — Soroco's Josh Baker and Steamboat's Casey Williams — face off.

"That will be the highlight," Soroco coach Jay Whaley said. "It will be interesting to see. They met on the first weekend of the season, but they've both improved, so it should be fun."

Williams has so far dominated the series, winning a match last season en route to earning a bid to the Class 4A state wrestling tournament.

Baker seemed to have the edge when the pair met earlier this season, notching a takedown and taking a 2-0 lead into the second period. Williams caught him with a reverse and quickly turned that into a pin, however.

"It's one we're looking forward to," Steamboat coach Shane Yeager said. "I'm sure Josh has been training hard to get to Casey. Casey has the upper hand now, but you never know."

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Soroco hopes to field nine wrestlers at the event and Steamboat seven.

Whaley said he tried to put the triangular together mid-season to give his wrestlers more chances to work in front of a home crowd.

It will be a busy week for Routt County wrestling fans, as the three local high school teams will be wrestling in the area after spending most of their seasons spread across the region.

The Routt County schools then come together Feb. 3 for a triangular in Steamboat.

Hayden home for the week

Here's something different that couldn't come at a better time for the Hayden High School wrestling team: The Tigers will be at home all week, trading in three-hour road trips for a little home cooking.

Hayden wrestles a dual at 6 p.m. today at home against Moffat County before welcoming Glenwood Springs and Meeker for a 9 a.m. triangular Saturday.

"The traveling takes its toll on you," Hayden coach Ty Camilletti said. "To get a home match this late in the year is a good thing for your kids. Plus, we finally get to show our home fans some of our wrestling."

Hayden won't have a full squad for the week because of multiple injuries to some of its top wrestlers. Still, it will be the last chance for some to see seniors Treyben Letlow, Scott Arm­­bruster and Cory Terry wrestle at home.

"They're a special group of seniors," Camilletti said. "It's real personal. We've had a lot of good experiences together."

With the injuries, Camilletti said he knows his team will start in a hole with the team score, but he said the focus is on winning head-to-head matches.

The Moffat dual should especially present some intrigue, with many of the Tigers and Bulldogs having wrestled each other since pee wees.

"It's a friendly rivalry with a lot of respect," Camilletti said.

If you go

What: Soroco wrestling triangular, with Steamboat Springs and West Grand

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Soroco High School old gymnasium

What: Hayden vs. Moffat County wrestling

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Hayden High School

Cost: $4 for adults, $3 for students

What: Hayden hosts triangular with Glenwood Springs and Meeker

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: Hayden High School

Cost: $4 for adults, $3 for students

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