Fruita grapplers place 5th in 48-team tourney

The Fruita Monument High School wrestling team placed fifth out of 48 teams on Saturday at the Tournament of Champions in Uintah, Utah.

The Wildcats did not have Aidan Woomer, who sat out with the flu. Still, five wrestlers placed for the Wildcats.

Isaac Rodriguez (145 pounds) and Jacob Seely (170) took second in their classes. Placing seventh for Fruita were Ian Konrad (120), Matt Bishop (126) and Clayton Muller (132).

Maple Mountain, who Fruita coach Dan Van Hoose said is the No. 1-ranked team in the state of Utah, won the tournament.

Van Hoose said Rodriguez was winning his championship match 5-1 with 20 seconds remaining.

“He was trying to put the kid on his back and pin him with 20 seconds left,” Van Hoose said. “And Isaac made a mistake and ended up getting pinned.”

Van Hoose said Seely wrestled a three-time state champion and lost 8-2.

“We’re continuing to improve, but our goal is to do well that last weekend of the year,” Van Hoose said.

Fruita next weekend will play in the highly-touted Rocky Mountain Rumble, a 64-team tournament in Orem, Utah.


Silver Creek took a seven-point halftime lead and held on to defeat Central (5-8), 56-43, at Silver Creek High School.

Trey Fair led Central with 12 points.

Trey Flemming led Silver Creek (7-3) with 10 points.

Fruita Monument 72, Shiprock, N.M., (JV) 36: Spencer Fair had 14 points as Fruita Monument defeated the Shiprock junior varsity team in the Aztec (N.M.) High School Tournament. A varsity opponent was supposed to play Fruita Monument, Wildcats coach Billy Dreher said, but wasn’t able to show up.

“Hopefully we got some confidence going into this week,” Dreher said.

Also for the Wildcats (4-7), Donny Thornhill had 12 points and Devin Winstanley added 10.

North Park 69, Plateau Valley 55: Kyler Smith had a team-high 20 points for host Plateau Valley (3-3, 1-1 1A Western Slope League), but fouled out early in the fourth quarter.

“That kind of ended our run,” Plateau Valley coach John Holmes said of Smith fouling out, as the Cowboys had cut a 12-point halftime deficit to five points after three quarters.

Smith had four 3-pointers. Fernando Enriquez added 13 points for the Cowboys.

Luke Pantle, a quick, 6-foot-2 point guard, scored a game-high 28 points for North Park.

“We couldn’t find a kid to guard him,” Holmes said.


Fruita Monument lost 38-35 to Belen, N.M., in the third-place game of the Kirtland Central, N.M., Tournament on Saturday.

The Wildcats (8-4), who went 1-2 in the tournament, had opportunities to take the lead in the closing seconds, “but we missed a really close shot,” Wildcats coach Richard Atkins said.


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