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Craig Middle School wrestlers best of the bunch in Hayden

Athletes and coaches with Craig Middle School wrestling grab a team picture with their trophy following the group's win of the Hayden Northwest Invitational. CMS placed first overall, including eight individual champions.

A phenomenal season last year already looks to be repeating itself for members of the Craig Middle School wrestling program.

The Bulldogs began the year with a group win during the Hayden Northwest Invitational Saturday, beating out eight other teams for the top honor.

Helping along the cause were eight first-place finishers who started season undefeated after their first event. Brody Wiser (80 pounds), Colton Jones (100), Dylan Zimmerman (105), Anthony Duran (110), Kalub West (120), Billy Lawton (125), Pepper Rhyne (130) and Michael Voloshin (140) each took no defeats.

Nearly all of them had at least one pin, with 19 falls among them, with Zimmerman, Anthony Duran and Voloshin all winning exclusively by pin.

The boys in blue had two second-place recipients, as Noah Duran (75) and Ethan Hafey (115) each were 4-1 to end the day, each taking all their victories by pin, as well.

Carter Behrman (85) and Blake Hill (135) were both 3-1 and Norman Cruz (150) 2-2 to gain the bronze, while fourth went to Tyren Schaefer (85), Russell McGruder (90), Brendon Wait (100) and Isaac Vallem (125), with matchups between teammates in the same weight class a deciding factor in many instances.

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Additional CMS grapplers may not have placed, but they didn't make it easy for their competition, as Easton Briggs (80), Keegan Herod (90), Ryan Booker (90), Abby Martinez (90), Kannon Gustin (95), Thomas Weber (105), Izzac Pierce (110), Hugo Vargas (110), Alexander Black (110), Cyrus Goldsmith (120), Tucker Zimmerman (125), Sophie Hough (130), Wyatt Dade (135) and Hunter Faulk (160) battled to the end.

CMS will next attend a Thursday triangular with Meeker and Rangely hosted by the Cowboys, hitting Montrose's Centennial Braves Invitational this weekend.

The Bulldogs also are scheduled to host a dual with Meeker March 8.

Craig Middle School wrestling results from Hayden Northwest Invitational

Wrestler, weight class — record, place

Noah Duran, 75 — 4-1, 2nd

Brody Wiser, 80 — 3-0, 1st

Easton Briggs, 80 — 0-2

Carter Behrman, 85 — 3-1, 3rd

Tyren Schaefer, 85 — 2-2, 4th

Russell McGruder, 90 — 4-2, 4th

Keegan Herod, 90 — 3-2

Ryan Booker, 90 — 1-2

Abby Martinez, 90 — 0-2

Kannon Gustin, 95 — 2-2

Brendon Waits, 100 — 2-2, 4th

Colton Jones, 100 — 3-0, 1st

Dylan Zimmerman, 105 — 3-0, 1st

Izzac Pierce, 110 — 2-2

Hugo Vargas, 110 — 2-2

Alexander Black, 110 — 0-2

Anthony Duran, 110 — 3-0, 1st

Ethan Hafey, 115 — 4-1, 2nd

Kalub West, 120 — 4-0, 1st

Cyrus Goldsmith, 120 — 0-2

Billy Lawton, 125 — 3-0, 1st

Isaac Vallem, 125 — 3-2, 4th

Tucker Zimmerman, 125 — 1-2

Pepper Rhyne, 130 — 3-0, 1st

Sophie Hough, 130 — 0-2

Blake Hill, 135 — 3-1, 3rd

Wyatt Dade, 135 — 0-2

Michael Voloshin, 140 — 4-0, 1st

Norman Cruz, 150 — 2-2, 3rd

Hunter Faulk, 160 — 0-2