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Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco wrestlers show well at Eagle Valley

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco wrestling teams all kicked off their 2018 schedule on Saturday with a tournament at Eagle Valley, and each came away with strong results.

The Sailors had the best team result, piling up an eighth-place finish despite missing more than a third of the team because of illness.

Steamboat got a big day from senior Hayden Johnson. He cut to 160 pounds after starting the season at 170 and handled the shift just fine, going 3-0 with two pins and, in the finals, a 10-2 major decision.

"It was pretty easy for him to drop the weight," coach Travis Bryant said. "At 170, I wouldn't say he was overweight, but that wasn't his true weight. His true weight is 160 and he came down pretty easily."

Steamboat also got a third-place finish from Tucker Havel at 126 pounds, a performance that earned "wrestler of the week" honors from Bryant. Havel lost in the second round to Cauy Smith of Rifle, but he won two matches in the consolation bracket only to face Smith again.

This time it was Havel who won, scoring a 2-1 victory thanks to a conservative approach.

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"He didn’t take as big of risks and played it safe until the very end," Bryant said. "With 10 seconds to go, he got a nice headlock and a takedown. The crowd got into it. It was a great moment."

John Slowey then placed fourth at 195 pounds, going 1-2 on the day.

Spencer Mader was just short of placing at 120 pounds, going 2-2. Mohammed Alnejdawi, at 132 pounds, Caleb Anderson, at 138 and Mile Buchan at 152 all fell short of placing.

Hayden's top result came at 138 pounds from Keenan Hayes. He charged to the finals but lost his first match of the season, falling to Tannen Kennedy of Meeker, 12-1.

Hunter Planansky also had a strong day, placing third at 170 pounds. Jake Planansky also won several big matches but lost in the consolation semifinals at 145 pounds.

Kyler Campbell at 106 pounds, Payton Planansky at 113, Taylor Powell, also at 113, Wyatt Murphy at 120 and Wade Hendricks at 132 all also competed but fell short of the podium.

Sky Carlson rammed his way through the tournament for Soroco, staying undefeated at 220 pounds as he won his division with a 16-6 decision in the finals.

Jace Logan, however, picked up his first loss of the season in the finals, losing 15-11 to Travis Kerrigan of Buena Vista.

Gene Bracegridle at 120 pounds, Jonathan Jerome at 152, Jesse Amrein at 182 and Erik Shaffer at 285 fell short of placing.

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