Montrose wins own tourney
MONTROSE — If there’s a tournament that a wrestling team hopes to win during the regular season, it would be its own invitational.
Winning four matches in the championship round goes a long way toward that quest.
Montrose High School rode victories in three successive title matches Saturday to win the Indian Invitational.
Beginning with the 171-pound final, the Indians took three successive victories.
“They all wrestled well,” Montrose coach Jack Garrison said of Clancy Garoutte, Jordan Passehl and Brandon Franklin and the wrestler who started it all, Drew Schumann.
Garoutte pinned Tim Kopacz of Cheyenne Mountain in 50 seconds in the 171-pound final.
He had defeated Kopacz 11-8 in the Pueblo West Invitational last month.
“It was a really tough match,” Garoutte said.
He left little doubt the second time around.
“Everybody makes mistakes,” Garoutte said. “You’ve got to watch for (opponents’) mistakes and catch them when you can.”
Passehl took an exciting 11-9 decision over Palisade’s Aaron Wagler at 189. Wagler had defeated Passehl by major decision in the third-place match of last month’s Warrior Classic.
“I wanted to see what I could do against somebody that’s ranked in the state,” Passehl said of Wagler, who’s rated fourth in the latest On the Mat Class 4A rankings.
Franklin took a 10-4 decision over Hotchkiss’ Michael Beard in the 215-pound championship. Beard is ranked first in Class 3A.
Drew Schumann got things going for the Indians in the finals by winning the 112-pound title with a 13-2 major decision over Berthoud’s Robby Workman.
Palisade and Grand Junction each crowned one champion.
The Bulldogs got their title from 103-pounder Daniel Salazar, who won a 14-3 major decision over Geordon Huston of Montrose in the final
Grand Junction’s Anthony Guillen pinned Alex Quinonez of Hotchkiss in 1:49 to take the 119-pound title.
Montezuma-Cortez nearly matched Montrose title for title. Casey Lynn (125), Justin Samora (152) and Austin Sanders (160) all won championships for the Panthers.
Olathe had two champions.
Brenton Martinez took the 130-pound crown with a 4-1 decision over Palisade’s Kelly Davis.
Tyler Hawk won the heavyweight division, defeating Jarrad Wikre 4-3 in overtime.