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Hayden dominates wrestling mats at home

Tigers pin Routt County wrestling rivals

Hayden’s T-Lane Mazzola tries to score points against Soroco’s Lauryn Bruggink on Thursday during a quadrangular duals meet in Hayden. Mazzola won the 103-pound match, and his Tigers went a perfect 3-0 against Soroco, Steamboat Springs and Meeker.

Hayden's T-Lane Mazzola tries to score points against Soroco's Lauryn Bruggink on Thursday during a quadrangular duals meet in Hayden. Mazzola won the 103-pound match, and his Tigers went a perfect 3-0 against Soroco, Steamboat Springs and Meeker.
Joel Reichenberger

— It was the most anticipated match of the evening and a little more than two minutes, and it lived up to the hype.

Hayden freshman T-Lane Mazzola and Soroco sophomore Lauryn Bruggink fought a dead-even match through the first period of their Thursday night collision, neither able to tally a point.

Then, in a flash, moments after Bruggink dove low to try to catch Mazzola off guard early in the second period, it was all over. Mazzola countered faster than Bruggink could correct, and 10 long seconds later, after racking up three quick points, he won the match with a pin.

"I was a little confident going in — nervous for sure. I've been waiting to wrestle her for a while now," Mazzola said. "She likes to shoot in and get the arm. I knew that was coming, and I knew how to counter it. She went to do it, and I caught her."

The win likely established Mazzola as the top seed in the 103-pound bracket in the regional tournament.

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It was that kind of night for the Tigers as they defended their home mat in their only Hayden meet of the season. They climbed atop the Routt County wrestling mountain with victories in duals against Soroco, 59-18, and Steamboat Springs, 66-6, and then beat Meeker as well, 63-12. A couple of Moffat County wrestlers also participated in the meet.

All but two of Hayden's nearly full complement of wrestlers emerged with winning records, and the squad appeared to be in top form less than two weeks away from the regional meet.

"It was a good night," Hayden coach Ty Camilletti said. "We just wrestled tough."

Chad Terry finished the night, 2-0, at 119 pounds, Nick Williams was 2-0 at 135, Kolton Miller was 1-0 at 171, Treyben Letlow was 1-0 at 215 and Will Valora was 1-0 in the heavyweight division. Gage Webb and Ryan Domson also won matches.

"That match Will won was great," Camilletti said about Valora's win against Meeker's Caleb Dodds. "Will has lost to that kid twice. We told him if he could stay out of some big moves, he could get it done. Sure enough, he stayed in it and turned on him and got the pin.

"Those kids will meet again, and it might decide who's going to state and who's going home. It was nice to see we can win that one."

After the Hayden dual, Soroco managed to pull out a pair of tight victories. The Rams knocked off Steamboat, 34-21, and edged Meeker, winning a 50-50 tie thanks to having logged four pins to Meeker's two.

Bruggink was 2-1 on the night, along with Nick Ovard at 145 pounds, Ben Strait at 152 and Richard Gonzales at 160.

"Whenever they made a mistake, I used that to my advantage," said Gonzales, a sophomore who picked up a pair of pins. "My stamina is a lot better. I used to not be able to wrestle very long, but now I can do a lot better. I have to stay strong if I want to make state. That's my No. 1 goal."

Josh Baker was 1-1 at 135 pounds. David Strait went 2-0.

"David needed that," Soroco coach Jay Whaley said. "He had a rough weekend, but looked really good tonight."

Steamboat narrowly lost in its dual against Meeker, falling 36-33.

Sailors coach Shane Yeager said it wasn't the kind of performance he was hoping for after the team posted its best result of the season Saturday, but he wasn't discouraged, either.

"We got a little overconfident and lost some matches we've already won earlier in the season," Yeager said. "Those are the mistakes you see with a younger team."

Nathan Parks was 2-2 for the Sailors at 103 pounds, and Nick Rossman went 1-0 at 112 pounds, Josh Reynolds was 1-0 at 130 and Casey Williams was 1-1 at 135.

"Keep it in perspective, and I think we're doing really well," Yeager said. "We still have a young team, all freshmen and sophomores. They're doing really well."

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

Wrestling results

Hayden wrestling quadrangular results

Hayden 59, Soroco 18

Hayden 66, Steamboat Springs 6

Hayden 63, Meeker 12

Soroco 34, Steamboat 21

Soroco 50, Meeker 50 (Soroco won via tiebreaker)

Meeker 36, Steamboat 33

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