Warrior Classic proves a challenge for Steamboat wrestling
Steamboat Springs High School wrestling coach Travis Bryant warned his athletes they were in for a tough weekend before they left for the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, one of the premier tournaments this side of the state championships.
The event delivered, too, but Bryant said the Sailors still came away with some strong results, some wins in big matches and plenty to be proud of.
Lance Bryant went 3-3 on the day and placed sixth in the 145-pound bracket, and Hayden Johnson was 4-2 at 170 pounds to place fourth.
After that, Steamboat just missed with two more opportunities to place.
Spencer Mader was 4-2 and one match away at 120 pounds. Tucker Havel, too, was one match away with a 2-2 record at 126 pounds.
“Those two, they really surprised me,” Travis Bryant said. “I’d look for them to open some eyes when February rolls around.”
Steamboat also got a win from Miles Buchan, who was 1-2 at 152 pounds.
Mohammed Alnajdawi, at 132 pounds, and Kyle Spognardi, at 138, both were 0-2 with difficult matches.
“Kyle had some heartbreakers,” Bryant said. “Mohammed wrestled some tough kids.”
The team went on to finish 28th out of the 42 teams at the massive meet.
Tigers, Rams compete in Kremmling
The Hayden wrestling team had eight of its nine wrestlers place Saturday at the West Grand Invitational in Kremmling, while Soroco had five wrestlers place.
The Tigers got a championship from Keenan Hayes at 138 pounds. He went 3-0 on the day and won in the championship with about as quick a pin as is possible: 14 seconds.
He took care of business in 23 seconds in the semifinals and in 53 seconds in the quarters, making for a day that took just 90 seconds.
Jake Planansky finished second at 145 pounds, going 2-1 in his matches. Hunter Planansky was second at 170 pounds, losing a tight match, 7-3, against Soroco’s Jace Logan in the finals.
Taylor Powell was second at 120 pounds, finishing his day 2-1. Payton Planansky was third at 113, then Kyler Campbell, 106, Wyatt Murphy, 126, and Jesse Ciufo, 132, all placed fourth.
The Rams got championships from Jace Logan, at 170 pounds, and Sky Carlson, at 220. Both wrestlers remained undefeated on the year, Logan going 2-0 on the day and Carlson 3-0.
Jesse Amrein also had a strong performance, placing second at 182 pounds. He won his first three matches with pins before he was pinned himself in the championship.
Freshman Kody Logan placed third at 132 pounds, going 4-1 at the tournament. Erik Shaffer was fourth at 285 pounds, finishing the day 1-3.
Gene Bracegirdle was 2-2 at 120 pounds and Michael Boleng 2-2 at 126 pounds.
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