Taylor, Melius place in West Grand | SteamboatToday.com

Taylor, Melius place in West Grand

Melinda Mawdsley

With each match, Steamboat wrestling coach Jay Muhme sees progress, which is all he can ask for from a relatively inexperienced squad.

“We’re gaining a little bit of ground each week,” Muhme said. “I have a young team again this year, and the jump between junior high and high school is quite a bit of a jump. I think they are starting to figure that out.”

Steamboat traveled to Palisade for a double dual with Palisade and Delta, losing both Dec. 9. The Sailors then went to Buena Vista on Dec. 11 for a dual tournament. Steamboat defeated Del Norte, but vacant weights prevented the Sailors from winning any more duals. Steamboat’s wrestlers did, however, have some individual success.

“My freshmen wrestled well down there and won a few matches,” Muhme said. “Pretty much everyone won a few matches, which was nice. A.J. Carmack got a pin. Joey (Melius) got a pin. Alex (Centner) got a pin. Each time we wrestled that day, it seemed like they got a little better.”

Steamboat followed up its tournament in Buena Vista with the annual Mustang Stampede hosted by West Grand in Kremmling. The Dec. 18 tournament featured area schools, including Hayden and Soroco.

Steamboat’s Tim Taylor (171 pounds) placed second for the Sailors, and Melius took fourth at 189 pounds.

“They wrestled really well,” Muhme said.

The Sailors are on a short holiday break before resuming practice after the new year. Steamboat’s next meet is an all-day tournament Jan. 8 in Eagle Valley.

— To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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