GJ’s Trujillo wins Arvada West title, stays perfect
Grand Junction High School sophomore Jacob Trujillo remained undefeated in winning the Arvada West Invitational 145-pound title Saturday evening in Arvada.
Trujillo (26-0), ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, defeated fourth-ranked Torry Williams of Ponderosa 4-1 in the final.
“It was a good test,” said Grand Junction coach Cole Allison, whose squad placed 11th. “He wrestled well. Torry tried to slow everything down. Jacob had a couple takedowns on the edge. He stuck with his game plan.”
Jonny Pauli took fourth at 195 pounds for the Tigers.
“He should’ve been in the finals,” Allison said. “He had a bad match in the semifinals.”
Grand Junction freshman Cody Lacy lost in the quarterfinals, but came back to win two matches in the 106-pound consolation bracket and placed fifth.
Central’s Kolton Maybury reached the third-place match at 152 pounds, but he had wrestled the maximum five matches in one day, as did his opponent, Nick Nira of Thompson Valley. The schools split the points for third place.
The Warriors were 15th with 32 points.
Mountain View Invitational: Three Fruita Monument wrestlers placed in the top eight to lead the Wildcats to a 16th-place finish in the prestigious 68-team Rocky Mountain Rumble at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
Clayton Muller placed fifth at 132 pounds, Aidan Woomer (160) and Jacob Seely (170) placed sixth, and Eli Konrad (106) and Matt Bishop (126) were one round shy of placing.
Sophomore Isaac Rodriguez was pinned in the first round and went home sick.
Fairview Duals: Palisade scored a second-place finish at Saturday’s Fairview Duals in Boulder. Lakewood edged Palisade by way of a tiebreaker.
The Bulldogs defeated Fairview (63-15), Mountain View (53-20), Longmont (49-25) and Highlands Ranch (57-15) and grappled to a draw against Lakewood (33-33).
Randon Espinoza (106 pounds), Quinn Day (120), Dalton Hannigan (126) and Justin Ray (132) all wrestled to 5-0 days for the Bulldogs.
Swimming & Diving
Taylor Kidd won two individual events to lead Grand Junction to a fourth-place finish in the Glenwood Springs Invitational.
The Grand Junction sophomore won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.05 seconds and took first in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.24.
Glenwood Springs won the team title with 332 points. Montrose took third. Fruita Monument placed fifth.
Fruita Monument’s Tamera Newland won the 1-meter diving with a score of 180.82.
The Plateau Valley boys basketball team went toe to toe with a top-10 team and didn’t flinch. Unfortunately for the Cowboys (4-4), that did not translate into a victory. Kyler Smith’s 30 points were not enough in Plateau Valley’s 64-60 loss to visiting Vail Christian on Saturday.
The 7-2 Saints are ranked eighth in Class 1A in the latest Denver Post coaches poll.
Plateau Valley’s girls basketball team held on for a 38-35 win over visiting Vail Christian.
After scoring 16 points in the third quarter to take a 34-28 lead, the Cowboys mustered only four points in the fourth. They did just enough to pull it out and snap a six-game losing streak.
Chelsy Mills’ 14 points led the way for Plateau Valley (2-6, 0-2 1A/2A WSL).