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West Grand wrestler Rene Dominguez punches ticket to state tournament

West Grand junior Rene Dominguez wrestles Jared Richel of Coal Ridge in the 138 pound championship match during a tournament in Kremmling. Dominguez pinned Richel in 1:15.
Eli Pace / epace@skyhinews.com

West Grand’s Rene Dominguez has qualified for the Class 2A state wrestling tournament by finishing in fourth place at last weekend’s regional tournament in Montrose.

Wrestling in the 138 pound weight class, Dominguez went 4-2 in his matches on Friday and Saturday, as the two-sport athlete posted the Mustangs’ top finish and made state.

Other top performances for the Mustangs came from Ben Biekert and Omar Dominguez, who were both sixth.

“We had a good season,” coach Brian Strathman said of his team, adding that there’s a lot to look forward to next year.

Last week’s snowstorm kept the Mustangs from traveling to a tournament in Rawlins, Wyoming, and the time off one week before regionals probably didn’t help West Grand going into the state qualifying contest.

However, the Mustangs are still young. The wrestling squad that had as few as four wrestlers only a few years ago was up to 16 boys on the roster this year, and there’s only one departing senior.

“I have everybody coming back but Cameron (Wood), so we’re looking good to the future,” Strathman said.

The coach credited Wood for strong leadership throughout the season and helping get the program where it is today. At regionals, Wood was 2-2 with both of his victories coming via pins.

“He had a really good year,” Strathman said of the team’s only senior. “He’s been a good leader for the last four years, and he’s done a lot to bring the program to where it is… The program is going in the right direction. We just need to take that next step.”

The state tournament begins Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

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