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Granby " Middle Park wrestlers excel against larger squads

Katie Looby
Grand County, Colorado
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The Middle Park High School wrestling team may be small in numbers, but it has a lot of potential, said wrestling coach Cal Cherrington.

“We’re a small group,” he said. “We’re not going to field a full team ” all 14 weights.”

The team began with 13 members but is now down to 12.

“The neat part is we have really competitive kids who are hard workers,” Cherrington added. “Individually we’re going to have some really good results.”

Shelby Garrett and Jared Cooper were sidelined because of shoulder surgery and a torn thumb ligament, Cherrington said. Eric Scholl, who is restricted to the JV squad because of a CHSAA rule governing transferred students, will help strengthen the team when he becomes eligible to wrestle varsity in mid-January, he said.

One of the best competitions was at Fort Collins Jan. 10, Cherrington said.

“Even though we had one medalist, one champion, I thought the kids wrestled their best there,” Cherrington said. “Now, we start wresting teams from the same division we’re in, and hopefully the tough early season schedule will pay off.”

Results from meets earlier this season include:

December 20

The Panthers took on Wray on Dec. 20. The competition was fierce and the team responded well, Cherrington said. Two wrestlers placed in the Wray Invitational Tournament. Joe Visconti captured the title in the 135 pound weight class. Brandon Strang was the runner-up in the 103 pound weight class.

Nate Birdseye, went two up and two down in the 152 pound weight class. Mitch Strang, 215, Jesse Johnson, 140, and Jacob Finch, 171, each finished with one victory and two losses on the day, Cherrington said.

The Panthers JV team traveled to Pomona High School in Arvada. Eric Scholl was the champion in the 152 pound weight class. Brian Macchione was second in the 189 pound weight class. Andrew Hemm went 3-2 on the day. Mitch Steffen finished with one victory and two defeats on the day while Ricky Ramirez was unable to garner a victory.

Both teams finished in 11th place at their respective tournaments, both of which featured 17 teams.

January 3

Five Middle Park High School wrestlers competed at the Widefield JV Tournament at Widefield High School in Colorado Springs. Shelby Garrett, in his first competition of the season after coming off shoulder surgery, claimed the 135 pound championship with three victories by fall. Jacob Finch won three matches en route to a third place finish in the 171 pound weight class.

Jared Cooper, in his first competition this season, won two matches before being eliminated. Andrew Hemm went 1-2 on the day in the 145 pound weight class, while Enrique Ramirez wrestled tough competitors and went 0-2 on the day, Cherrington said.

January 7

The Panthers wrestled in the Clear Creak Dual on Jan. 7. The final score was 41-30. The Panthers wrestled 14 matches, winning 11 of them. Ricky Ramirez had his first career victory, Cherrington said.

January 9

The Panthers were defeated by Denver Lutheran 30-39. Lutheran came out hard and never let up, Cherrington said. The Panthers won six matches of the 11 wrestled, but giving up 24 points by forfeit was too much to overcome, he said.

January 10

Four wrestlers went to the Fort Collins Invitational. Joe Visconti, 135 pounds, claimed his second tournament championship of the season with victories over wrestlers from Highland High, Windsor High, Fort Collins High, and Pomona High. Nathan Birdseye, 152 pounds, and Brandon Strang, 103 pounds, both won two matches over very good opponents before being eliminated from competition, Cherrington said. Mitch Strang, 215 pounds, had a tough day, he said.

The rest of the team wrestled across town at Rocky Mountain High in Fort Collins in a JV Tournament, Cherrington said. Jared Cooper, 125 pounds, won three matches on the day. Eric Scholl, 145 pounds, won three of five matches to capture a sixth place finish. Brian Macchione, 189 pounds, went two up and two down to take fifth place. Ricky Rameriz, Andrew Hemm and Mitch Steffen were unable to place, Cherrington said.

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