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Hayden wins with almost all pins over Rangely

Hayden junior Wyatt Murphy pins Rangely sophomore Alex Black in a season opening dual against Rangely from Hayden High School on Friday, Dec. 6.
Shelby Reardon

HAYDEN — The Hayden High School wrestling team couldn’t have done much better in its season-opening dual versus Rangely.

While there were many open weight classes, the five bouts were strong, all resulting in Tigers wins. All but one were pins. Hayden won 53-18, dropping three matches in open weight classes on Friday, Dec. 6.

Spending just 24 seconds on the mat, Tigers freshman Cody Hawn earned the speediest pin of the night. His instant takedown of sophomore Brent Cantrell put him in the perfect position to push the Panther’s shoulder blades into the mat for the win at 160 pounds.

Junior Wyatt Murphy, at 138 pounds, had the second-fastest finish in the dual, striking immediately to earn a pin in 59 seconds over Rangely sophomore Alex Black.

“For me, my specialty shot is a low single, so I always try to take that shot,” Murphy said.

Aside from one exhibition match later in the night, every single Tiger had a takedown within 10 seconds, which head coach Nick Planansky loved to see.

“That was our thing. We talked about it early in the year. We want to go out and take their breath away off the bat and not let them breathe the entire match,” Planansky said. “If you let somebody get comfortable, they’re able to wrestle back. If they’re not comfortable and you’re comfortable, everything is going to go your way.”

Hayden junior Payton Planansky gains control of Kasen Lableu, a Rangely freshman, in a season opening dual against Rangely from Hayden High School on Friday, Dec. 6.
Shelby Reardon

Freshman Sabyn Hager had the first match of the night, pinning Rangely freshman Colton Stevens midway through the second period of the 113-pound bout. Sophomore Dylan Zimmerman also worked into the second stanza, pinning sophomore Braxton Moore in 3:45 for a win at 120 pounds.

Watching his teammates dominate ahead of his own victory instilled confidence in Murphy.

“It makes me feel like we’re gonna do good this year, go to state and hopefully get top 10 in the state,” he said.

Junior Payton Planansky was the only Tiger who didn’t record a pin. Instead, it took him four minutes and 16 seconds to win via technical fall.

The 160-pounder earned a quick takedown and five points via two near falls to lead 7-0 going into the second. A reversal to start the second period paired with a near fall later in the frame, gave him a 13-0 lead after four minutes.

It took just 16 seconds for Payton Planansky to earn another take down to seal the 15-0 victory.

“He struggled a little bit,” Nick Planansky said. “We’re still kind of coming into our own. He’ll get there. We all kind of (have) early-season jitters too.”

After the official action was over, the teams paired off grapplers who had yet to compete with an opponent in a weight class above or below their own, to keep things fair, but get all the guys on the mat.

All six of the exhibition matches were won with a fall, five of which went in favor of the Tigers.

Hayden freshman Kodi Ingalls pinned his opponent in 52 seconds, while sophomore Kyler Campbell did the same in 1:21. Against a different Rangely wrestler, Murphy recorded his second fall of the night, this one coming in 1:23. Freshman Jake Lindley didn’t take either, pinning his Panther in 1:19.

Zane Varnar, a 145-pound sophomore out of Rangely got the best of Payton Planansky, pinning the junior in 3:16.

When 182-pound senior Hunter Planansky finally got on the mat, he developed a 9-2 advantage over 195-pound Dalton Dembowski in the first period.

Forty-four seconds later, Hunter Planansky earned the ninth and final Hayden fall of the evening.

It was a successful warm up dual ahead of the Middle Park tournament Saturday, Dec. 7.

“This is just a stepping stone,” Nick Planansky said. “We’re aiming for February right now.”

Hayden 53, Rangely 18
106: Kodi Ingols, H, over open.
113: Sabyn Hager, H, fall Colton Stevens, R.
120: Kyler Campbell, H, over open.
126: Dylan Zimmerman, H, fall Braxton Moore, R, 3:45.
132: Open.
138: Wyatt Murphy, H, fall Alex Black, R, 0:59.
145: Sage Rhea, R, over open.
152: Payton Planansky, H, tech. fall Kasen Lebleu, R, 4:16.
160: Cody Hawn, H, fall Brent Cantrell, R, 0:24.
170: Garrett Salazar, H, over open.
182: Hunter Planansky, H, over open.
195: Open.
220: Dalton Dembowski, R, over open.
HWT: Byron Mackay, R, over open.

Hayden wrestling schedule
  • Dec. 6: Rangely at Hayden, W 53-18
  • Dec. 7: Hayden at Middle Park, 1st
  • Dec. 13: Hayden at Soroco
  • Dec. 14: Hayden at Soroco Invite, 1st
  • Dec. 20-21: Hayden at Warrior Classic at Central
  • Jan. 10-11: Hayden at Vernal Tournament of Champions
  • Jan. 15: Meeker at Hayden, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 18: Hayden at Rifle Dual Tournament, 8:30 a.m.
  • Jan. 22: Hayden at Rifle, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 25: Hayden at Paonia Invite, 8 a.m.
  • Jan. 28: Routt County Tri at Steamboat Springs, 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 31: Hayden at Center, 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 1: Hayden at Center Tournament
  • Feb. 7: Hayden at Rangely, 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 8: Hayden at Meeker Tournament
  • Feb. 14-15: Hayden at Regionals in Montrose
  • Feb. 20-22: Hayden at State in Denver

To reach Shelby Reardon, call 970-871-4253, email sreardon@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.


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