Prep roundup: Seeley wins tourney title
Seely powers to another tourney title
Jacob Seely remained undefeated and claimed the championship at 195 pounds Saturday at The Rumble, a 68-team high school wrestling tournament in Orem, Utah.
Seely (34-0) won his first three matches by pin, then had his closest match of the year in the semifinals, prevailing 7-5 over Clayton Moss of Jordan, Utah. In the final, Seely returned to dominating form, beating Landon Brown of Layton, Utah, by technical fall, 16-1 in 3:27.
“He’s on his mission (to win a state title), and it was another stepping stone,” Fruita coach Dan Van Hoose said of Seely’s performance.
Seely was the lone Wildcat to place at the tournament, which Van Hoose said has always been tough, but this year “was tougher than I’ve seen it. That’s good for (our wrestlers) to see this (competition).”
Fruita finished 25th in the team standings with 85.5 points. Pleasant Grove won with 223 points, and Maple Mountain was second with 186.
The Wildcats’ Kaden Fife finished one match shy of placing at 152, and Ian Konrad was two matches away from placing at 126.
Arvada West Invitational: Grand Junction’s Jacob Trujillo won the 160-pound championship, defeating Rocky Mountain’s Konnor Schmidt 8-1 in the final.
Trujillo won his first three matches by technical fall, pin and a 9-5 decision.
“He started looking a little more like himself,” Tigers coach Cole Allison said, referring to Trujillo’s recent return to the mat after an injury sidelined him until January.
Grand Junction had one other top-four finisher, Isaac Rider, who lost 4-1 to eventual champion Danny Murphy of Rocky Mountain in the quarterfinals. Rider won consolation matches to reach the third-place match, but he was at the five-match limit and didn’t get to wrestle the match.
The Tigers placed ninth with 62 points, and Central tied for 11th with 51 points. Arvada West won with 193.5 points, and Thompson Valley was second with 179.
Central coach Laurence Gurule said his two best performers were Soloman Jarman, who finished 3-2 at 182, and Rowdy Allen, who was 2-2 at 295. Each was alive for fifth place, but the tournament did not have fifth-place matches.
Similarly, Grand Junction’s Kohlby Wells (120) and Felix Eneboe (195) finished in the top six.
Complete game carries Warriors to win
Tyler Hays scored 16 points to lead Central to a 46-36 victory over Montezuma-Cortez in a Southwestern League game.
Warriors coach Mary Doane said Hays, who made two 3-pointers, “had an awesome night shooting the ball.”
Teesa Coombs added eight points, including five in the third quarter, when Central (4-11, 1-1 SWL) took control of the game by outscoring the Panthers 12-3.
Doane said Combs hurt an ankle the night before in the Warriors’ loss to Durango, but she came off the bench Saturday and provided an offensive spark.
“Teesa was pretty big for us,” Doane said, adding Combs had two three-point plays in the game.
Doane said the Warriors played well on both ends of the court.
“I thought the kids attacked the basket much better today,” she said. “They didn’t settle for outside jumpers.
“We kept our composure (in the third quarter) and kept grinding it out on defense.”
Central also made its free throws, converting 18 of 25.
Fruita Monument 48, Durango 32: Kassidy Fair hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead Fruita Monument (6-9, 2-0) to its second straight league win. The Wildcats took a 23-14 lead at the half and pushed the advantage to 15 points at the end of three quarters.
Taylor Eatwell and Vanessa Herrera added 10 points each for the Wildcats.
Delta 54, Summit 42: The Panthers (4-7, 2-3 WSL) outscored Summit 16-4 in the final quarter of the 4A Western Slope League game, which was tied after three quarters.
Cedaredge 49, Moffat County 44: The Bruins took control of the 3A WSL game by outscoring Moffat County 14-6 in the third quarter.
Nellie Freeman led Cedaredge (8-2, 6-1 WSL) with 18 points, and Alyssa Isaman added 13 points. Moffat County dropped to 5-3, 3-2.
Olathe 57, Aspen 9: The Pirates (8-2, 5-2) limited winless Aspen to two second-half points.
Durango thwarts Fruita Monument rally
Fruita Monument pulled within a point of Durango with a minute, 40 seconds left in the game, but the Demons held on for a 43-34 Southwestern League win.
Hudson Robison led the Wildcats (5-10, 1-1 SWL) with 14 points.
Durango (6-4, 2-0) outscored Fruita 20-8 in the middle two quarters after the Wildcats took a 15-10 lead after the first quarter.
Montezuma-Cortez 75, Central 55: The Panthers came out smoking, scoring 19 and 20 points in the first and second quarters, respectively, to take a 39-25 lead at the half. Montezuma-Cortez then salted the game away by outscoring the Warriors 21-9 in the third quarter.
The Panthers (4-6, 1-1) made eight 3-pointers and were led by Briston Walker’s 18 points. Trey Fair paced Central (5-10, 0-2) with 18 points, and Tyler Talkington added 13 points.
Moffat County 78, Cedaredge 56: The Bulldogs outscored Cedaredge 34-17 in the first half and improved to 6-2, 4-1 in the Class 3A Western Slope League. The Bruins dropped to 5-5, 3-4.
Aspen 49, Olathe 37: The Pirates (0-10, 0-7 3A WSL) led 33-31 after three quarters, but Aspen (7-2, 6-0) outscored Olathe 18-4 in the final quarter.