Routt County wrestles through 1st round state bout; 6 will move on to quarterfinals |

Routt County wrestles through 1st round state bout; 6 will move on to quarterfinals

Andy Bockelman For Steamboat Today

DENVER — With 11 wrestlers at the CHSAA State Championships, all three Routt County teams have multiple athletes moving on to the next level.

Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high schools will each have two grapplers representing them in the quarterfinal round of the state brackets Friday following wins in Thursday’s opener at Pepsi Center.

Steamboat’s Lance Bryant and Hayden Johnson each sailed through their first matches at the 145- and 160-pound weights, respectively. The two regional champions stacked up well as Bryant took a pin in only 61 seconds against Theo Bone of The Classical Academy, while Johnson racked up the points to win by a 17-2 technical fall over Brush’s Jayde Queen.

Sailors Tucker Havel (126) and John Slowey (195) took a loss by 9-2 decision and first-round fall to move on to the consolation side of the competition.

On the 2A mats, fellow regional champs Jace Logan (170) and Sky Carlson (220) got their opponents finished off fast as Logan pinned Del Norte’s Preston Terrell at 1:03 and Carlson remained undefeated at 36-0 with a fall against Highland’s Dakota Jackson.

Soroco coach Jay Whaley noted that he wanted Carlson to end it quickly when Jackson begin bleeding lightly.

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“It’s always a tough round at first and weird things happen, so you gotta get off the mat with a win,” he said.

In the heavyweight slot, Rams teammate Erik Shafer ran into trouble against County Line’s Ken Cox, pinned in 49 seconds.

“Erik’s a first-year kid, but he’s come light-years this season,” Whaley said.

For Hayden, it was a 2-2 day for young competitors, with 138 freshman Keenan Hayes pinning Custer County’s Ray Perez and 170 sophomore Hunter Planansky claiming the fall against Sargent’s Ethan Maxwell, both winning in the first period.

Payton Planansky (106) and Wyatt Murphy (120) will each move to consolation after losses by pin.

“It’s all good experience for them being at this level,” coach Chad Jones said. “Hopefully we can continue it tomorrow.”