With only 10 wrestlers, Middle Park still wins tournament
The Middle Park Wrestlers captured the title at the Discovery Canyon High School Invitational Wrestling Tournament last Saturday.
“We wrestled very well, each man on the team contributed to the victory by winning at least one match,” said coach Cal Cherrington. “We are only able to fill 10 of the 14 weights so we must excel wherever we can in order to do this well.”
In the end the margin of victory was only three points. Middle Park scored 130.5 points; followed by Discovery Canyon with 127.5 points; Classical Academy, 121 points; Bennett, 103 points; Harrison, 98.5 points; Vista Ridge, 91.5 points; Sierra, 86 points; Platte Canyon, 71 points; North Park, 36 points; and Nederland had zero points.
“As we move into the last few weeks of the season the coaching staff is excited more than ever about our possibilities,” Cherrington said. “If everyone continues to work not only hard, but smart, in practice, we could have a very good post season. Our goal every weekend is to pick up yellow medals.”
On Saturday, Jan. 31, three Middle Park wrestlers climbed on top of the medal stand. Brandon Strang, won three tough matches to capture the title in the 103 pound weight class. Joe Visconti continued his winning ways dominating the 130 pound weight class with three victories to win the championship. Eric Scholl had little trouble as he pinned and decisioned his way through three opponents to win the 145 pound weight class.
Nate Birdseye, 152, also reached the championship match with a fall and a major decision, but was upended by a Classical Academy wrestler who had a tough headlock. Birdseye lost his finals match 10-4 to finish as runner-up.
Four Panther Wrestlers finished in third place Saturday. Shelby Garrett, 135, completed the competition with another medal on the season going three and one, Jesse Johnson, 140, placing in his first tournament of the season was 3-1 on the day, Brian Macchione, 189, went 3-1 as well with his only defeat a tough 7-10 decision to the eventual champion, and Mitch Strang finished 3-1 in the 215 pound weight class.
Jared Cooper, 125, won three matches on the day but was still eliminated just one round from the medals. Andrew Hemm, 145, won two matches; Ricky Ramirez, 112, won one match; and Mitch Steffen, 140, won one match before being eliminated from competition.
“Each of those victories, however, contributed to the team’s success,” Cherrington said. “This tournament title was a total team effort. If we had lost one more match on the day we would not have won. As I said last week every match counts. Now we put the finishing touches on the regular season.”
“It will be a stiff challenge to contend for a league title with only 10 varsity wrestlers,” Cherrington said,” but I think we proved to ourselves that we have a chance after our performance at Discovery Canyon.”
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