Hayden, Steamboat finish 1 and 2 at West Grand wrestling tourney
Steamboat Springs — The Hayden High School wrestling team just barely edged Steamboat Springs for the team crown at Saturday’s West Grand Invitational, the Tigers’ second straight tourney win.
Hayden got wins from Devlyn Mossman at 120 pounds and Kent Miller at 152 pounds and collected a handful more podium finishes to score 154 team points. The Sailors got a win from Gage Reynolds at 160 pounds and took home silvers from Colton Pasternak (106 pounds), Dakota Thvedt (132 pounds) and Dylan Wallace (182 pounds) to take second as a team with 148 total points.
“All in all I was pretty proud of our effort,” Hayden coach Chad Jones said. “We’re coming on Christmas break, and a lot of kids need a break. We didn’t wrestle to our best ability, but we wrestled hard and with good effort.”
Soroco’s Lane Martindale was the Rams’ lone competitor Saturday and scored a couple of pins at 132 pounds against Hayden’s Andrew Winfield and North Park’s Blayden Fletcher.
At 106 pounds, Hayden’s Garrett Murphy took third, and Jake Planansky took fourth in the same weight class. Judd Magee lost a 9-2 decision to Buena Vista’s Cameron Wolters at 113 pounds, earning him a silver. Tommy Wade was fourth at 160 pounds for the Tigers, Christian Carson was third at 195 pounds, Taylor Lewis finished second at 195 pounds and heavyweight Lebo Armendariz was fourth.
For Steamboat, Kyle Spognardi was fourth at 113 pounds, Lance Bryant took third at 126 pounds and Matt Hansen was also third at 145 pounds. Hayden Johnson was the 152-pound third-place finisher for the Sailors.
Steamboat and Soroco will both be at the Eagle Valley tournament when the Sailors return from the holiday break Jan. 10. Hayden is hosting Moffat County in a dual at 6 p.m. Jan. 6.
With an above-average snowpack following a snowy winter, local firefighters and wildlife experts are expecting a mild fire season this year, especially at higher elevations.