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West Grand wrestlers start strong at season opening tournament

Six of the seven West Grand High School wrestlers finished fourth or higher at the Carl Ramunno Invitational Tournament last weekend in Steamboat Springs.

Eric Scholl earned top honors in the 152 -pound weight division to lead the team, which is coached by Jeff Matney and Cody Mumma. Three of the wrestlers are freshmen and will be asked to participate in numerous varsity matches this season.

The tournament was operated in a “round robin” format to maximize the number of matches in which the participants could wrestle. At this point of the season coaches typically like to get as many matches and as much mat time as possible for their wrestlers.

In individual matches, Scholl started the tournament by pinning Will Elliott, also of West Grand, in 3:24. Scholl continued his winning ways by defeating Hayden Davison of Saratoga, Wyo., by a score of 5-3. The junior from West Grand then pinned Chris DeBowes from Hayden in 57 seconds and in round four pinned Eric Fleming from Moffat County, also in 57 seconds.

At 103 pounds, freshman Lee Elliott of West Grand finished in fourth place. In his three matches, he was pinned by Cody Nelson of Moffat County, by Scott Armbruster from Hayden in round two and then by Shaun Price from Soroco in round three.

AJ Silva, wrestling at 125 pounds, started the tournament by pinning Nate Moon from Moffat County in a time of 3:08. Silva was than pinned by Levi Gonzales from Soroco and defeated by Matt Linsacum from Moffat Count by a score of 7-5. In round four, the junior from West Grand earned third place by defeating Chase Hill from West Grand by a score of 15-3.

Hill, a freshman, had started the tournament with a technical fall loss to Linsacum. He lost by another technical fall to Levi Gonzales of Soroco before defeating Moon from Moffat County, 8-4. His last match was the 15-3 defeat to Silva of West Grand.

Will Elliott, a junior for the Mustangs was pinned in the first round by Scholl. After getting pinned by Davidson of Saratoga in the second round, Elliott pinned Fleming of Moffat County in a time of 3:34. In the last round, Elliott was pinned by DeBowes from Hayden.

Kele Bock, another freshmen getting experience for West Grand was pinned by Cody Adams from Moffat County. The freshman was then pinned in losses to Nathan Bennett from Saratoga, Wyoming, Nate Navratil from Moffat County and Eddie Escabedo from Saratoga.

Curtis Fredrickson, a junior, was wrestling at 215 pounds and he earned a second-place finish. He pinned Tucker Vestal from Hayden in a time of 51 seconds. In round two, Fredrickson was pinned by Robert Andrews from Saratoga, Wyoming.

This week the West Grand wrestling team travels to Soroco for a tournament on Saturday, Dec. 8 before hosting the West Grand Wrestling Classic in Kremmling on Dec. 15. Over 20 teams are expected at the West Grand Wrestling Classic and support from the public would be greatly appreciated by the West Grand wrestlers and coaching staff.

If you would like to help with the tournament, you are encouraged to contact West Grand High School, 724-3425, Kathy Matney at 724-9000 or Jeff Matney at 531-0895.