Padgett, Bridges lead ‘Cats past Pueblo South

Alex Padgett and Drew Bridges combined for 54 points as Fruita Monument defeated Pueblo South on Saturday 77-48 to take third place in the Ralston Valley Invitational.

Padgett, who had 28 points, and Bridges, who had 26, made the all-tournament team.

“Those two guys scored a lot of points but the good thing about it is a lot of other kids really contributed all weekend,” Fruita coach Dave Fox said. “Cody Daniels played real well and Zach Thorpe is playing better as well.”

Daniels had eight points for Fruita (5-1), which led 41-24 at halftime.

Padgett had three 3-pointers and Fox said Bridges has begun hitting outside jumpers to counter teams double-teaming him in the post.

“Both displayed their skill sets in every way,” Fox said.


Palisade won the Palmer Ridge Invitational, winning all five of its matches against Monte Vista, Classical Academy, Centauri, Florence and Palmer Ridge.

Four Bulldogs went undefeated: Justin Ray (132 pounds), Daniel Salazar (138), Eddie Val (170) and Zach Judis (182).

“It was a good tournament for us,” Palisade coach Brian Rush said. “But the boys realized that they have a long way to go to reach their goals.”

Grand Junction’s Dylon Thompson (138 pounds) and Jessie Hoffschneider (160) went 5-0 and were selected the Standley Lake Invitational outstanding wrestlers to lead the Tigers to a 4-1 record in the dual tournament.

The Tigers defeated Brighton 46-32, Horizon 48-3, Estes Park 66-15 and Overland 61-12. Legacy defeated Grand Junction 42-31.

Jonny Pauli (182) and Sam Monahan (285) also went 5-0 for the Tigers.

Central went 1-2 in the Wasatch Invitational, its lone win a 52-24 win over Davis. Fruita lost its three matches at Wasatch.


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