Soroco Duals allows Routt County wrestlers to get in tough matches before regionals
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In wrestling, it’s anyone’s night.
Soroco 42 West Grand 24
Gage Bonewell (West Grand) over Darrel Ebaugh (Soroco), Fall 0:54
Kody Logan (Soroco) over Cameron Wood, Fall 3:33
Kane Williams (Soroco) over AJ Multerer (West Grand), Fall 3:21
West Grand forfeit 5 matches
Soroco forfeit 3 matches
Hayden 36 Steamboat Springs 18
Spencer Mader (Steamboat) over Taylor Pittser (Hayden), Fall 3:07
Wyatt Murphy (Hayden) over Mohammed Alnajdawi (Steamboat), Fall 1:31
Hunter Planansky (Hayden) over John Slowey (Steamboat), Fall 1:28
Hunter Hatcher (Hayden) over Cole Moon (Steamboat), Fall 1:42
Steamboat Springs forfeit 3 matches
Hayden forfeit 2 matches
Soroco 30 Steamboat Springs 14
Spencer Mader (Steamboat) over Darrel Ebaugh (Soroco), Tech Fall 15-0
Zack Clyncke (Soroco) over Mohammed Alnajdawi (Steamboat), Fall 5:58
Caleb Anderson (Steamboat) over Kody Logan (Soroco), Fall 5:26
Kane Williams (Soroco) over Ivan Reynolds (Steamboat), Fall 3:19
John Slowey (Steamboat) over Jesse Amrein (Soroco), Dec 8-7
Tristan Singer (Soroco) over Cole Moon (Steamboat), Fall 0:46
Exhibition: Mohammed Alnajdawi (Steamboat) over Austin Little (Soroco) (MD 15-5)
Steamboat forfeit 2 matches
Hayden 24 West Grand 21
Angel Dominguez (West Grand) over Taylor Pittser (Hayden), Fall 1:05
Kyler Campbell (Hayden) over David Santos (West Grand), Fall 1:47
Gage Bonewell (West Grand) over Daylon Frentress (Hayden), Dec. 6-2
Exhibition: Dylan Zimmerman (Hayden) over Morgan McGuire (West Grand), Fall 2:25
Hayden forfeit 2 matches
West Grand forfeit 3 matches
Soroco 42 Hayden 27
Wyatt Murphy (Hayden) over Gene Bracegirdle (Soroco), Dec 6-0
Jesse Amrein (Soroco) over Hunter Hatcher (Hayden), Fall 2:30
Darrel Ebaugh (Soroco) over Taylor Pittser (Hayden), Fall 1:40
Hayden forfeit 5 matches
Soroco forfeit 4 matches
Asking the coaches which wrestlers to watch going into the regional competition next week, they say, “All of them.”
All three Routt County schools are expected to have a presence at the state championships in two weeks, so a night of wrestling under the spotlight at Soroco High School was a contest filled with some of the best around across Class 2A and 4A.
“I think Spencer and John have had the most success, but regionals is one of those things where any wrestler can put together a good tournament and get on fire at the right time, and a lot of times, people overlook people who don’t have the best record,” Steamboat Springs Head Wrestling Coach Jordan Bonifas said.
Steamboat Springs High School junior Spencer Mader came away with two victories, pinning one and winning another by technical fall. As someone who missed a state appearance by one match last year, Mader wrestles with a chip on his shoulder, and despite a knee injury that sat him out for one tournament, he’s not letting anything hold him back.
“I worked through every single match, working my moves,” Mader said. “I have to keep my cardio up, keep the matches lasting longer, not ending it quickly and getting ready for regionals.”
Endurance is an angle Mader plays to his advantage. It’s also just a part of his training strategy.
“It’s something I can kind of control, mostly for my cardio and getting more time on the mat,” Mader said. “It’s not really a benefit to end the match.”
Sophomore Caleb Anderson fought through a highly-contested match against Soroco sophomore Kody Logan. Each took their turns picking each other up by the leg and throwing them on the mat. Anderson was able to twist Logan over to pin his shoulders down within the final period.
“Caleb Anderson has been getting better each week, and he’s going to be a kid people overlook at regionals,” Bonifas said.
The Sailors sophomore Mohammed Alnajdawi split his matches, and so did junior John Slowey. Slowey faced a tough match against Hayden’s Hunter Planansky.
The match paused while Planansky wiped something from his eye, but as soon as the two were back on the mat, Planansky lunged for Slowey from behind, using his speed to ultimately get the pin.
Hayden sophomore Wyatt Murphy, a state veteran, swept both Soroco junior Gene Bracegirdle and Steamboat’s Alnajdawi. Bracegirdle and Murphy are evenly matched, going back and forth throughout the season. But Bracegirdle’s hamstring cramped towards the end, and despite his best efforts, he fell to Murphy.
“I think we’re right where we need to be going into the regional meet. They’re wrestling really tough,” Hayden head coach Nick Planansky said. “Wyatt had a tough one last night, too. He dropped one last night to a good kid, but we were right there until the end of the match. He’s been working real hard wrestling with the tough guys in the room.”
Hayden goes into the regional contest with four state veterans and rising wrestlers freshman Dylan Zimmerman, who has a 26-4 record, and sophomore Kyler Cambell, who has a 24-6 record this season. Both won their matches tonight.
“We got another week of practice. We need to get healthy, stay healthy and bang it out for another week, and see what we can do,” Planansky said. “I don’t think there’s one kid that can’t make it.”
The Rams saw some tough matches in Bracegirdle and senior Jesse Amrein. Senior Jace Logan would not wrestle because there was no one in his weight class.
“Gene was a hard one. They’re head-to-head, 2-2,” Soroco head coach Jay Whaley said. “I thought it was a good rivalry.”
Amrein came back from a loss to Steamboat’s Slowey to defeat Hayden senior Hunter Hatcher.
“Jesse, that’s the first time he’s wrestled in three weeks,” Whaley said. “He ran out of gas, but otherwise I think we were in that match pretty good.”
Sophomore Kody Logan went 1-1 on the night, including a close competition with Steamboat’s Anderson. But, Logan is in one of the most highly-contested weight classes at 145 pounds. Whaley notes that he is fifth or sixth in Class 2A depending on the week.
“I think we did alright,” Whaley said. “We didn’t win a lot of what we wanted to win, but it was fun. It was a good night. We had all schools together for the first time in years.”
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