Prep wrestlers open season
Middle Park tournament kicks off year for 3 area high schools
December 7, 2009
Steamboat Springs — The Soroco wrestling team was swept cleanly from the quarterfinals of Saturday's tournament in Middle Park.
A pair of Rams worked through the backside of the bracket, however, and their fifth-place finishes highlighted what coach Jay Whaley said was a good season-opening match.
"It was good. We wrestled well," Whaley said. "It was a good way to start the season, at least. We still have a long way to go before regionals."
Leading the way for the Rams were 103-pound sophomore Lauryn Bruggink and 145-pound junior David Strait.
Both managed to bounce back after tight quarterfinal losses and finish fifth. That "stick to it attitude" wasn't limited to those two, either. The team's six entries were only pinned a combined three times.
"I can say we never gave up," Whaley said. "They did a great job competing and fighting all the way to the end of matches. I was proud of that effort."
Letlow leads Tigers
Hayden junior Treyben Letlow led the Tigers wrestling team in its first meet of the season, winning the 215-pound championship at the Middle Park tournament.
Letlow is coming off a third-place finish in the same weight division last year at the state meet and didn't show any signs of rust.
He pinned every opponent he faced and made quick work of his finals opponent, finishing him off with a leg scissors move.
"He's look really solid," Hayden coach Ty Camilletti said.
Freshman 103-pounder T-Lane Mazzola was the team's second best finisher. He managed a third-place finish in his first high school meet of any kind.
"He did really good for his first tournament," Camilletti said. "He lost in the semifinals to one of the top kids from Class 5A."
Hayden's other top returning wrestler, sophomore Chad Terry at 112 pounds, injured his knee and withdrew from the tournament.
Camilletti said he didn't expect the injury to be serious, but he didn't want to take any chances, either.
Even without Terry, Hayden managed an 11th-place finish in the 27-team field.
"We did pretty good," Camilletti said. "We had some matches where our kids didn't look that ready, and we had some matches were they looked really good. We need to get some more consistency."
Sailors fare well in opener
The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team fielded a young and inexperienced squad Saturday in Middle Park, but coach Shane Yeager said the group represented itself well. All told, the Sailors emerged from the massive meet with an almost .500 record.
"I was real happy with my kids," Yeager said. "It was a real tough tournament, and we showed very well. We're all still young, but we're learning."
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