Hayden wrestling scores pair of podium finishes at tough Utah tournament
Steamboat Springs — Hayden High School wrestlers Judd Magee and Taylor Lewis kept pace with some of the best competitors in Utah, Colorado and other neighboring states during the weekend at the two-day Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah.
At 113 pounds, Magee took down Maple Mountain’s Stetson Schuman in a 10-3 decision and squeaked by Altamont’s Jessen McKinnon, 8-6, to advance to his bracket’s final eight on Friday. On Saturday, Magee was pinned by Grand Junction’s Tyren Castonguay and denied a slot in the semifinals.
Magee followed up the loss with a pair of wins, including a 7-4 decision against Air Academy’s Ben Markworth to secure a bronze medal match. Magee didn’t disappoint, beating Rocksprings’ Trevor Ryan, 3-2, for a slot on the podium.
At 195 pounds, Lewis kicked off the tournament with consecutive pins, the first against Evanston’s Kaycee Miles on Friday and the second against Union’s Keldon Collins on Saturday. The victories put Lewis into a match with Colorado Class 5A Fruita Monument’s Jacob Seely, where Lewis fell to pin.
Lewis then was matched with Altamont’s Cody Mitchell, where the Hayden Tiger scored a pin and locked in a third-place match with Air Academy’s Ben Self. Lewis handled Self, 7-2, for bronze.
Up next for the Tigers is the Highlands Tournament in Ault on Saturday.
Steamboat and Soroco at Eagle Valley Invitational
Steamboat Springs High School wrestling grabbed third place as a team Saturday at the Eagle Valley Invitational, aided by five top three finishes.
At 106 pounds, Colton Pasternak took second, dropping the finals match to Grand Junction Central’s Jimmy Duerock.
Dakota Thvedt (120 pounds) was Steamboat’s other second-place finisher. Thvedt pinned his way to the finals before losing to Eagle Valley’s Noah Hermosillo in the championship match.
Lance Bryant (126 pounds), Matthew Hansen (132 pounds) and Hayden Johnson (152 pounds) all scored bronze medals at the Sailors’ first tournament action of the new year.
“We had some pretty good showings but we have some work to do,” Steamboat coach Travis Bryant said. “We lost some matches we probably shouldn’t have.”
Soroco had a pair of wrestlers at the same tournament in Lane Martindale and Dalton Ray.
Martindale took third place at 132 pounds, and Ray dropped both of his matches.
Steamboat will go to a triangular with Palisade and Rife at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Palisade. On Saturday, the Sailors will be at a tournament in Evergreen.
Soroco is scheduled to head to the Rangely Invitational on Saturday.
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