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Steamboat wrestling shows well at Meeker Duals

— The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team went 3-2 over the weekend at the Meeker Duals, the Sailors’ final draw before this weekend’s regional competition ramps up.

Steamboat opened Saturday against Basalt and was narrowly edged, 34-33.

In the dual, Colton Pasternak (106 pounds), Kyle Spognardi (113 pounds), Colton Crawford (126 pounds), Matthew Hansen (145 pounds) and Hayden Johnson (152 pounds) all scored wins. The Sailors gave up forfeits in five weight classes, factoring largely in the one-point team loss.



Steamboat then walked over Battle Mountain, 42-18, with wins from Pasternak, Spognardi, Crawford, Miles Buchan (132 pounds), RJ Wilhelm (138 pounds), Hansen and Johnson.

The Sailors’ second win was over Coal Ridge, 36-24. Pasternak, Spognardi, Crawford, Buchan, Wilhelm, Hansen and Johnson again all scored wins in their strong weekend performance.



Tournament host Meeker, the No. 3 Class 2A team in the state, had little trouble with the Sailors in a 66-12 Steamboat loss. Pasternak and Buchan scored pins against the Cowboys.

Steamboat closed out the tourney with a big win over Rangely, 36-18, on the back of wins from Pasternak, Spognardi, Crawford, Buchan, Hansen and Johnson.

Hayden goes 4-1 at Southeastern Wyoming duals tourney

They had to travel a ways to do it, but the Hayden High School wrestling team walked away from Southeast Wyoming with a 4-1 record Saturday at the Southeast Duals.

The Tigers opened up with a 52-19 win over Southeast-Goshen but lost to Gordon-Rushville (Nebraska), 48-36.

Hayden jumped all over Kemmerer (Wyoming), 66-12, to advance to the next pool. The Tigers closed out the duals with wins over Hemingford (Wyoming), 48-36, and Bayard (Nebraska), 42-39.

They finished in fifth place out of 21 teams from Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.

“I think all our kids were looking good,” Hayden coach Chad Jones said. “Our conditioning was there, and the effort was impressive.”

The upcoming week of practice leading into the tough Class 2A Region 1 tournament will be all about keeping the conditioning up and getting the intensity even higher, Jones said.

“I’m just really trying to get ready for regionals,” Jones said. “The boys realize there isn’t much time left.”

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll


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