Pasternak again paces Steamboat wrestlers in Evergreen Tourney

Ben Ingersoll

— Colton Pasternak, Steamboat Springs High School’s 106-pound wrestler, continued his strong season and was followed by a number of podium finishes from his teammates at Saturday’s Evergreen Tournament.

Pasternak took second place in his weight class in a 19-school tournament featuring mostly Class 4A and 5A schools, the highest placer for the Sailors.

Dakota Thvedt (120 pounds), Matthew Hansen (145 pounds) and Hayden Johnson (145 pounds) all took fourth place in their brackets. Gage Reynolds took fifth place at 160 pounds, and Kyle Spognardi, Lance Bryant, Colton Crawford, Miles Buchan and Dylan Wallace all scored wins but didn’t advance far enough to place.

The Sailors were competing without their complete lineup due to injuries and eligibility issues. Lance Bryant won his first match at 126 pounds but had to withdraw from the meet due to a nasty elbow injury in his next-round match.

Steamboat will host the annual Carl Ramunno Invitational on Saturday.

Lewis, Carson guide Hayden wrestlers to strong meet

Led by big days from Taylor Lewis and Christian Carson, the Hayden High School wrestling team won all but one matchup in Saturday’s Highland Duals meet.

As a team, the Tigers beat Akron, 60-24, North Park, 72-6, Limon, 57-15, and Highland, 40-37. Their only loss was against Windsor’s junior varsity, a Class 5A school that perennially dominates the middle school state tournament, Hayden coach Chad Jones said.

Lewis went undefeated on the day at 195 pounds. Carson’s only loss at 182 pounds was a close 6-4 decision to a Highland athlete.

“I thought Lewis and Carson wrestled the best,” Jones said. “Carson lost a close one, but it was one that could have gone either way.”

In the North Park dual at 220 pounds, Hayden’s Hunter Rummel edged Adrian Cereceres, who was fifth at the state championship last year.

“That should definitely help Hunter with his confidence,” Jones said.

In the heavyweight division, Jones said freshman Lebo Armendarez continued to show big improvement and helped the Tigers score some much-needed points.

“I was really happy with Lebo,” Jones said. “He had a couple great matches. Same with Garrett Murphy (at 106 pounds).”

Next up for Hayden is Steamboat’s Carl Ramunno Invitational on Saturday.

Soroco pair does well at Rangely

The Soroco High School wrestling team may not be too strong in numbers, but its pair of athletes showed well in Saturday’s Rangely Tournament.

At 132 pounds, Lane Martindale took home third place. Martindale lost to a Class 5A competitor from Fruita Monument in the semifinals, 7-3, and settled for bronze.

“He was in the match but just had a couple mistakes,” Soroco coach Jay Whaley said.

At 138 pounds, freshman Dalton Ray took fourth in his round-robin bracket.

“He lost to two Meeker kids,” Whaley said. “He wrestled OK. He keeps improving. It was one of the best tournaments he’s had.”

Martindale and Ray will be at Paonia’s Screaming Eagle Invitational on Saturday.

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