Seely dominates Tournament of Champions
Fruita Monument’s Jacob Seely was selected the outstanding wrestler of the upper weights after dominating the 195-pound class en route to an individual championship Saturday in the 55-team Uintah Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah.
Seely remained undefeated by winning five matches, three by pin and two by technical fall. He won his final by pin in 4 minutes, 40 seconds over Uintah’s Aaron Dick, a returning state champion in Utah’s Class 3A.
Seely was one of six Wildcats to place fifth or better, leading Fruita to a fourth-place team finish with 177 points. Pleasantville, Utah, won the tournament with 264 points.
“We’re getting better each week. We’re making fewer mistakes,” Fruita coach Dan Van Hoose said. “I’m just real pleased with where we’re going, what we’re doing.”
Ty Taylor nearly added a second individual title for the Wildcats, but he was edged 3-2 in the final at 182. Ian Konrad placed third at 126, Kaden Fife (152) was fourth, Max McLean (132) fifth and Isaac Rodriguez (145) sixth for Fruita. Rodriguez pinned his way to the semifinals, then had to injury default his remaining matches.
Grand Junction placed 11th with 105.5 points and had three wrestlers place in the top six, led by Tyler Zook, who was fourth at 220. Tyren Castonguay (106) and Jacob Trujillo (160) each placed sixth for the Tigers.
Trujillo, a returning Class 5A state champion, lost 5-3 in overtime in his semifinal against eventual champ Batista Covolo of Evanston (Wyo.). Trujillo then injury defaulted his remaining matches. Grand Junction coach Cole Allison said Trujillo will be OK, but he decided to hold him out the rest of the tourney as a preventive measure.
Meeker placed 14th and got a second-place finish from T.J. Shelton at 170.
Delta had two wrestlers place fifth, Kory Mills (170) and Cordell Stroud (182), and two who placed sixth, David Brown (126) and Marcus Garcia (285).
Indian Invitational: Paonia had five individual champions — Jesse Reed (126), Bo Pipher (132), Ty Coats (152), Logan Schopp (182) and Tony Darling (285) — as the Eagles won the team title with 221 points at Montrose’s 13-team tournament.
Zach Milner was second at 160 for Paonia, losing his final by one point.
Palisade’s Dalton Hannigan, a returning 4A state champ, lost by pin to Pipher in the final at 132. Palisade also had a runner-up in Drake Buford (182).
Montrose was third as a team with 120 points and had three second-place finishers, Terrell Banuelos (106), Matt Sandoval (138) and Jesus Casillas (285).
Olathe tied Palisade for sixth place and had one individual champion, Trenton Piatt at 120.
Fruita Monument wrapped up the Kirtland Central, N.M. Tournament with a 55-31 win over Bloomfield, N.M.
Taylor Eatwell and Vanessa Herrera scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the Wildcats. Fruita’s Kassidy Fair had seven of her nine points in the third quarter as the Wildcats (3-9) outscored Bloomfield 15-6 to break the game open.
Rifle 52, Battle Mountain 35: Rifle scored 19 points in the first quarter and picked up its first win of the season.
Chante Church paced the Bears (1-5, 1-1 4A Western Slope League) with 19 points.
Meeker 37, Paonia 36: Sydney Hughes hit a free throw with one second remaining to seal the win for Meeker. Hughes led the Cowboys with 20 points.
Fruita Monument coasted to a 75-16 win during its final game at the Aztec (N.M.) Tournament.
Twelve players scored for the Wildcats (4-9), led by Brandon Kubic’s 10 points.
Grand Valley 64, Cedaredge 51: Sam Parker led Grand Valley with 21 points, including three 3-pointers. The Cardinals (4-4, 3-2 3A WSL) scored 29 points in the third quarter to seal the victory.
Paonia 44, Meeker 41: Trailing 35-31 through three quarters, the Eagles held Meeker to six points in the fourth quarter and rallied for the 2A/1A WSL win. Taylor Walters led Paonia (4-4) with 19 points.
Rifle 61, Battle Mountain 29: Tanner Quick led Rifle (4-2, 1-1 4A WSL) with 16 points and Trenton Brown added 15.
Hotchkiss 57, Rangely 43: River Panish scored 24 points for Hotchkiss (5-2), which scored the first 13 points of the game.
Swimming and diving
The Central/Palisade girls finished sixth at the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs, getting fourth-place finishes from Karolina Latek in the 500-yard freestyle and Kyra Newhouse in the 100 breaststroke.