Sailors second at Front Range meet
Steamboat Springs — The hope was to find tough competition and experiences that may pay off in the regional tournament.
The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team didn’t see as many of its regional opponents as it had hoped to, but it definitely found tough competition Saturday at the Vista Peak Buffalo Invitational on the Front Range, and coach Travis Bryant said his athletes fared very well in that test.
The Sailors came away with two first-place finishers, three second-place wrestlers and two more who placed third. It all added up to a second-place team finish against 15 other schools, mostly from larger classifications.
“We did really well,” Bryant said. “It turned out to be a great trip. We saw different opponents and wrestled some top-notch kids, and we needed that.”
Steamboat’s top two finishers were Hayden Johnson at 170 pounds and Dakota Thvedt at 126. Both won their brackets.
Kyle Spognardi wrestled on to place second at 126 pounds, the same weight as Thvedt, while Spencer Mader dropped down from 126 this week to wrestle at 120 pounds. He did just fine there, also placing second.
“He had some really tough matches and pulled it out,” Bryant said.
Lance Bryant, who missed last season with an injury, also placed second, wrestling at 145 pounds.
“He’s doing awesome,” Travis Bryant said. “He’s a little rusty, but he’s knocking that rust off with every one of these meets.”
The Sailors also got third-place performances from Colten Crawford and Zach Roach.
Next up for the team is a trip this weekend to Grand Junction for the Warrior Invitational, one of the toughest tournaments on the team’s schedule.
“It’s always said if you can place there, it’s a good indicator that you can place at state,” Bryant said. “It’ll be a good test for us.”
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