7 Routt County wrestlers advance to state quarterfinals
DENVER — All three Soroco High School girls wrestlers moved on to the quarterfinals following first round wins at the Colorado High School Activities Association state tournament at Ball Arena.
The one Steamboat girl representative and three Hayden boys also won their first-round matches on Thursday, Feb. 17.
Larhae Whaley is one match closer to her very realistic goal of winning a state title. The Soroco sophomore defeated her 100-pound opponent by pin in one minute and 19 seconds.
McKenzie Clark also won by fall in less than three minutes at 147 pounds, while teammate Makala Simpson defeated her 185-pound opponent in just 40 seconds. All move on to quarterfinals, which begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18.
In the 161-pound weight class, Steamboat Springs High School senior Adalia George endured a long match before pinning Laylah Casto of Grand Junction after 4:15.
Across the room, Hayden, Steamboat and Soroco boys competed in first-round matches Thursday as well.
The less experienced Tigers lost, but will compete in consolation round matches on Friday for a chance to earn third place. Chase Preston, Joe Harris and Triston Day will have to win their next matches to stay alive. Junior Sabyn Hager and Kodi Ingols have been to state before, but experience isn’t always enough against a tough competitor. Both fell to higher seeds and will compete in wrestlebacks on Friday.
Senior Dylan Zimmerman won his first-round match in 36 seconds, pinning Lorenzo Trujillo of Center. He’s the No. 2 seed at 145 pounds and will face Owen Powers, a senior from Cedaredge, first thing Friday morning.
Tigers junior Cody Hawn moved on in the 170-pound bracket with a 7-0 decision and will take on a Crowley County senior in the quarterfinals. Senior Israel Santos will also make a quarterfinals appearance Friday as he won 4-3 in the first round.
Steamboat sophomore Henry Dismuke was the only Sailor to make it to state. While he lost his first round match by a 10-4 decision, he’ll return in the consolation bracket Friday. Soroco senior Austin Little is in the same situation, fighting to stay in the tournament in the wrestlebacks. The Ram is making his first state appearance and lost a tough 6-4 decision on Thursday.
To reach Shelby Reardon, call 970-871-4253, email sreardon@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.
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