Briefs: Prep Roundup December 07, 2008
• John Wisniewski couldn’t help but think a few weeks down the road.
Based on the performance of his Rifle High School wrestling team in Saturday’s season-opening Wildcat Invitational duals tournament, he’s got a lot to look forward to this season.
The Bears won all four dual matches in convincing fashion in being the only team to go undefeated Saturday.
“We’ve got the depth and we’ve got the talent,” Wisniewski said.
Rifle appeared particularly strong in the upper weights.
James Conrardy went 4-0 at 145 pounds, teammate James Harvey unbeaten at 152 and Rifle’s Dano Fugita 4-0 at 160. In addition, 215-pounder Brian Key and heavyweight Tad Davis also went through the four duals unscathed.
“For the first go, I think we were pretty salty,” Wisniewski said. “I think we have a team that can score well in tournaments.”
The Bears scored at least 45 points in each of their duals.
Central went 3-1, its only loss coming to Rifle 45-27.
Cousins Matthew and Jaqub Gurule, who normally wrestle at 103 and 112 pounds, respectively, for the Warriors, each moved up a weight class on Saturday in order to face stronger competition. Both went 4-0, getting one forfeit each.
Twins Jesus and Daniel Rodriguez also went undefeated for Central at 130 and 135, respectively.
Palisade had two wrestlers with perfect marks. Jason Lodgson defeated all four 125-pound opponents and Aaron Wagler pinned his way to a 4-0 mark at 189.
Their teammate, Wes Shingleton, nearly pulled off an upset against Conrardy. With both 3-0 and facing each other in their final match of the day, Shingleton got a reverse with three seconds left to take a 5-4 lead, only to have Conrardy turn the tables and get a last-second reverse for a 6-5 victory.
Shingleton, a junior, got a taste of the state tournament last year as a 135-pound sophomore, but didn’t place.
“Last year I decided just making it to state wasn’t good enough,” Shingleton said.
He hit the weight room and open gym hard during the summer.
“I found out last year I wasn’t as strong as my opponents,” he said.
The five added pounds this year are muscle.
“I’m in better condition (this season),” he said. “I want to get in the best condition I can so when really tough competition comes around, I’ll be ready for it.”
Fruita Monument went 2-2, with Taylor Termentozzi going unbeaten at 171.
LIBERTY BELL INVITATIONAL
Grand Junction won six individual weight classes in taking the title at Heritage’s invitational tournament on Saturday.
Dylon Thomson (103), Chase Arrieta (112), Chris Rivera (119), Anthony Guillen (125), Jesse Hoffschneider (135) and Jace Casey (145) all took titles in their weight divisions.
Jon Whitman took third at 160 and Ethan Minnick third at 171. Alex Jay (130) and Jerry Blair (140) both placed fourth.
The Tigers scored 185.5 points to defeat second-place Heritage by nine points.