Letlow leads Hayden wrestling team in Utah
Tigers has strong performances at tournament
January 10, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Hayden High School wrestling coach Ty Camilletti said he's learned not to be surprised by his superstar senior, Treyben Letlow.
Exactly why he has that attitude was reinforced yet again Saturday, as Letlow wrestled in the championship match of the prestigious Uintah Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah.
"This guy was a real beast, there's no other way to put it," Camilletti said, summing up Letlow's opponent, Sylas Wells of Mt. Crest High School.
So much of was thought of Wells that he was given the No. 1 seed in the 215-pound bracket, even though Letlow entered as that weight class's defending champion.
"We're extremely confident in Treyben. We've seen him wrestle. We see him every night," Camilletti said. "Still, sometimes in big matches, I get a little nervous."
Letlow didn't let those nerves linger. He took Wells down in the first period, then again in the second before rolling him over for the pin, earning his second consecutive championship at one of the region's premier tournaments.
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"That kid, he was a monster, and Treyben went out and stuck him," Camilletti said. "Sometimes, I run out of good things to say about him."
Letlow led the way for several strong individual performances from the Tigers team.
Ryan Domson was seventh at 171 pounds. T-Lane Mazzola came within one win of medaling at 119, and Gage Webb did the same at 145.
"I couldn't be prouder of Gage," Camilletti said. "This is his third year wrestling and every week he improves, improves, improves. Sometimes nerves get the best of him in a match and he doesn't wrestle as well as he can, but he really stepped it up this weekend.
"Good things will happen for him if he keeps at it."
Camilletti said the team got off to a slow start in the two-day tournament but bounced back with strong showings in the consolation brackets.
The biggest downside of the weekend was a shoulder injury to former state finalist Chad Terry. Camilletti said his status for a weekend tournament in Rangely was unknown.