Numerous titles for area wrestlers at Middle Park invite
Steamboat Springs — All three Routt County high school wrestling teams took to the mat in Granby on Saturday, where they competed in the Middle Park Panther Invitational, the first competition of the season for both Soroco and Hayden. Steamboat Springs opened its season Thursday by winning a triangular with Battle Mountain and Summit.
The following is a weight-by-weight breakdown of how the teams faired.
Steamboat’s Colton Pasternak took this weight class, one of four Sailors to go undefeated on the day. After an opening-round bye, he pinned three consecutive opponents en route to the title. Hayden’s Taylor Powell and Soroco’s Shad Covalt met in the third-place match, Powell winning via fall in 2 minutes, 34 seconds.
Hayden’s Garrett Murphy made the finals before losing a 15-3 major decision for second place. Steamboat’s Kyle Spognardi was bounced in the semifinals via a 16-5 major decision. Both lost to Faith Christian Academy’s Luc Herrera.
Hayden’s Devlyn Mosman advanced to the finals, losing to Vista Peak’s Tristan Curtis via fall in 3:19.
Steamboat’s Colten Crawford went 4-0 en route to the title, beating West Grand’s Adrien Pasillas via fall in 3:08. Hayden’s Judd Magee eventually took third place after losing to Crawford in the semifinals, an 8-4 decision. Soroco’s Kane Williams lost in the first round but did pick up a consolation bracket win.
Steamboat’s Dakota Thvedt cruised to the final match before falling to Battle Mountain’s Jesus Morales in a 12-2 major decision. Morales also defeated Thvedt 10-5 in the season opener Thursday. Soroco’s Lane Martindale lost to Morales in the quarterfinals before advancing to the consolation semis. Hayden’s Andrew Winfield went 0-2.
Steamboat’s Ethan Labriola lost in the semifinals, while Hayden’s Brennan Guire lost in the quarterfinals. Both lost to Eagle Valley’s Noah Hermosillo, who took first.
Steamboat’s Miles Buchan took second, losing to Eagle Valley’s Raul Lopez in the finals, an 11-2 major decision. Soroco’s Dalton Ray lost to Lopez in the quarters.
Steamboat’s Matthew Hansen took the crown, going 3-0 with three pins. On the way he defeated Soroco freshman Jace Logan, a 54 second pin. Logan rallied to take third, winning the consolation bracket with a pin in 3:14.
Steamboat’s Hayden Johnson took first, earning a 11-3 major decision win against Middle Park’s Keanan Eisenbart in the finals. Hayden’s Tommy Wade went 1-2.
Neither team had any competitors.
Steamboat’s Marley Carlson went 0-3 in a round-robin format.
Hayden’s Christian Carson won the bracket, beating Battle Mountain’s Arturo Macias in the finals, a pin in 2:41.
Hayden’s Hunter Rummel gave the Tigers another champion, beating Battle Mountain’s Hector Machigua in the finals, an 8-4 decision. Steamboat’s Mo Munoz went 1-2, losing to Rummel in the first round.
In the heavyweight bracket, Hayden’s Lebo Armendarez gave the Tigers a sweep of the upper weight classes, going 3-0 in the four-person, round robin format.
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