Soroco takes wrestling tournament championship |

Soroco takes wrestling tournament championship

Soroco sophomore Jessie Amrein grabs Hayden freshman Hunter Planansky during Saturday's tournament at Soroco. Planansky won the match.
Matt Stensland

— The Soroco High School gym was filled with pride Saturday after the home wrestling team grabbed the title as overall champions.

The consensus was that it was the first time Soroco has won a tournament since the mid 1990s.

“Probably not in these kids’ lifetime,” coach Jay Whaley said.

The six-team tournament featured Hayden, Rangely, West Grand, Buena Vista and Battle Mountain.

Even with a strong team this year, Whaley did not go into the tournament thinking it was a sure win, but things went their way on the mats.

Soroco star Jace Logan, a sophomore, won all four of his matches with three pins and a technical fall. Despite the wins, Logan said he still has things to work on.

“Overall, as a team, we did great,” Logan said. “Six of us were up on the podium in the top four.”

One of the tournament’s hardest-fought matches was between Soroco sophomore Jessie Amrein and Hayden freshman Hunter Planansky in the 160-pound weight class. Planansky got the win.

“It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be,” Planansky said. “It was a really nice match for me, since it is my first year in high school.”

Top podium wrestlers for Soroco were Tristan Singer (second), Sky Carlson (second), Kane Williams (first), Lane Martindale (first) and Jace Logan (first).

“We’ve got some good kids,” Whaley said. “Jace right now is ranked number two in the state. We just have a lot of kids people don’t know about. Sky Carlson — he was a basketball player before this year.”

Top podium wrestlers for Hayden were Hunter Hatcher (first), Christian Carson (first), Devlyn Mosman (first) and Planansky (second).

Hayden and Soroco’s next tournament is Saturday at West Grand.

“I think, as a team, we’re looking really strong,” Logan said. “Hopefully, we keep wrestling tough like we are.”

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