West Grand wrestlers battle toward season finale
Grand County, CO Colorado
West Grand High School wrestlers are closing in on the end of their regular season.
Wrestling action continued in Nucla on Saturday, Feb. 5, when Austin Faeth (130 lbs) ended up 1-2. He faced off against opponents from Delta, Palisade, and Olathe. His record earned him a fourth place finish.
Landon Sneider (135 lbs) won his first match of the day against Olathe, but lost his next match against the tournament’s Number 1 seed from Delta. Sneider came back in the next consolation round to beat a Fruita competitor, winning in a dominant fashion by tech fall. He later lost his match in the Consolation Finals to the tournament’s Number 2 seed from Norwood. This hard-fought day earned him a fourth-place finish.
Max Wall (140 lbs) faced opponents from Fruita and Grand Junction Central. Although he wrestled well, his day ended at 0-2.
Lloyd Coleman (145 lbs) came out strong, winning his first match of the day against Fruita, but lost his following two matches to opponents from Delta and Grand Junction Central.
Chase Hill (160 lbs) dominated his first two matches of the day, pinning opponents from Palisade and Delta. He wrestled against a two-year personal rival, Brent Harris from Norwood, who is ranked Number 2 in the state by the Denver Post Colorado Preps.
The first period was a physical battle, with lots of stand up and head banging, but no scoring by either grappler. Harris earned two points in the second round with a reversal. And the match ended in the third period with Harris catching Hill and pinning him. Hill earned second place in the tournament.
Jan. 15, Rangely: Highlight: Chase Hill (160) earned the gold with a 3-0 performance. Ethan Cunningham (119) 0-2, Austin Faeth (130) 1-2, Landon Sneider (135) 2-2, Lloyd Coleman (152) 0-2
Jan. 22, Lake County: Wall finished 0-2, Faeth 2-2, Sneider 1-2, Coleman 0-2 and Hill, 3-1, losing in the semi-finals to Ayala from Glenwood Springs, but returning in the consolation finals to beat the wrestler from Summit County, earning him third place.
Jan. 20, Battle Mountain dual with SoRoCo and Battle Mountain, where some exciting matches were fought and won, but the Mustangs were unable to come out ahead with team points in either dual.
Jan. 27 in SoRoCo was a similar story, where West Grand wrestlers fell short of a team victory, only bringing three team members to the dual. Faeth and Sneider were unable to capture a win, and Hill won two matches.
Jan. 29, Center: Again, the Mustangs brought only three wrestlers to the far corner of the state. Faeth went 0-2, Sneider 1-2, and Hill lost in the semi-finals to Acosta from Fowler, but came back to win his consolation final match that was well described by Coach Matney as “a real dog-fight” against Christian from Paonia, earning him third place.
Mustang Grapplers have their Regional Tournament on Feb. 11-12 at Palisade. Preliminaries, quarterfinals, and 1st/2nd rounds of consolation will start on Friday at 6 p.m. Wrestling will continue on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. with Championship semis and consolation quarterfinals. Championship matches and awards are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The following schools make up the Region (2A Western Region 1): Denver Lutheran, Dove Creek, Meeker, Norwood, Paonia, SoRoCo, Dolores, Hayden, North Park, Nucla, Rangley, and West Grand.
Only the top four places will qualify for the State Tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Feb. 17-19.
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