Grand County wrestlers stumble in early matches at state tournament
Colorado’s annual high school wrestling championships were held last weekend in Denver and four young athletes competed in the storied tournament.
It was a tough weekend for wrestlers from Grand County as all four local mat men came up short in the tournament’s early rounds. Leading the local pack for the weekend was Middle Park senior and heavyweight wrestler Tel Linke. Linke made quick work of his first opponent, a wrestler from Parachute, pinning him in just over one minute. Linke faltered in his second match though and fell to a pin at 3:02, ending his bid for a championship.
His teammate, Middle Park senior and 170 pound wrestler Dylan Kloss, lost his first match of the tournament to a Bennett wrestler on decision. Kloss regained his composure and came back for a win in his second match of the tournament, defeating his opponent in a lopsided decision to advance further in the bracket. His third and final match of the tournament was his last though and Kloss fell to Gunnison wrestler Zebuel Alexander by decision, ending his run at the tournament.
West Grand High School in Kremmling also sent two wrestlers to the state tournament this year, sophomore David Santos and senior Gage Bonewell. Santos competed at the 106 pound weight class for 2A schools in the state while Bonewell competed at 120 pounds.
Santos fell quickly in his first match of the tournament and was pinned in 1:34 by Seth McFall of Fowler who went on to take the state title at 106 pounds. Santos’ second match of the tournament ended with a technical fall, ending his state tournament outing. Bonewell’s record at this year’s state tournament closely mirrored his teammate’s. Bonewell fell in his first match of the tournament via pin and lost his second match of the tournament via decision.
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