Home mats sweet for local wrestlers
If you go
What: Soroco and Hayden home wrestling events
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday triangular, 9 a.m. Saturday tournament
Where: Soroco High School
Steamboat Springs — Soroco High School wrestling coach Jay Whaley has a pretty simple rule when it comes to any opportunity for his team to wrestle in Routt County.
That rule: “Yes.”
The Rams will play host to six other teams Saturday in their home invitational tournament. That’ll keep them plenty busy, but not too busy to welcome another event Friday, a triangular in which they’ll hit the mats against cross-county rivals Hayden and a team from Saratoga, Wyoming.
“No matter what, it’s always important to wrestle here in Routt County,” Whaley said. “It’s good for the problem. We’re just trying to get as many matches in here for our kids as we can.”
The wrestling will start for the triangular at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Oak Creek. It will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday for the tournament.
Hayden, Rangely, West Grand, Buena Bista and Battle Mountain will be among the teams wrestling Saturday.
The Rams will send six athletes to the mats, led by a trio which scored at the team’s first meet of the season, last weekend at Middle Park High School. Jace Logan won his 152-pound weight bracket. Lane Martindale was second at 145 pounds, and Schuyler Carlson was third at 195 pounds.
Hayden, meanwhile, will be on hand with with another trio which placed in Middle Park. Senior Christian Carson will lead the way after going undefeated — and basically unchallenged — in that tournament. Fellow senior Devlyn Mossman finished second at 120 pounds, and Lebo Armendarez was also second, wrestling at 285.
“We’re just looking forward to being close to home,” Hayden coach Chad Jones said. “They’ve been working hard.”
It won’t be the last local appearance for either Routt County squad, as both are scheduled to play host to duals after the winter break.
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