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Sailors continue battle for state today in Broomfield

David Pressgrove

The Steamboat wrestling team only scored five points the first day of the Class 4A Region 3 wrestling tournament, but every wrestler is still alive in the tournament and able to score points in day two.

“Every guy could still wrestle back and make it to state,” coach Jay Muhme said. “We have to look at that as a positive.”

The Sailors had only two wrestlers without a bye Friday and those two won one match to stay alive.

Senior Donald Dillon won his first-round match against Battle Mountain’s Rogelio Munoz, 10-8.

“It was back and forth the whole match,” Dillon said. “I got the reversal with 30 seconds left, and I thought I was still behind. I didn’t know I had won until the referee raised my hand.”

Dillon lost to Montrose’s Bryant Hunter in the second round to stop his winning streak. “He out-muscled and out-wrestled me,” Dillon said. “Tomorrow, I have to take one match at a time to qualify for state.”

Andy Morell bounced back from a first-round loss to pin C.J. Riefenberg in the second period. Morell’s win earned him a spot in the second round of the losers’ bracket with his seven other teammates.

“It’s been a frustrating year for both me and the kids,” Muhme said. “It seems like the harder they try, the harder luck they have.”

Dillon said the first day was tough for his team but that he expected them to get right back up for the final rounds.

“We’re not going to quit,” he said. “We might not be the best out there, but we’re going to fight.”

Moffat County is leading the tournament after the first day with 107.5 points. Broomfield is in second place with 88.5, with Montrose right behind with 87.5.


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