Trio leads GJ to victory at Norse invite

Grand Junction High School won the Northglenn Norse Invitational on Saturday and had three first-place individual finishers: Jacob Trujillo (120 pounds), Dylon Thompson (138) and Gage Casey (170).

In the 120-pound championship, Trujillo, a freshman, won a 3-2 decision over Pueblo Central’s Sonny Espinoza, a defending 4A champion. A week ago, Trujillo beat a 5A defending 112-pound state champion, Adrian Cordova of Coronado.

“He’s on a tear,” Grand Junction coach Cole Allison said.

John Crowley of Regis and Jessie Hoffschneider of Grand Junction, ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the On the Mat rankings, faced off in the 160-pound championship at the Northglenn Norse Invitational.

Crowley won a 3-2 decision.

Top of the Rockies Invitational: Central placed seventh at a tournament considered by Warriors coach Laurence Gurule to be the toughest tournament in the state.

“In 152 pounds,” Gurule said, “there were state champions who didn’t get seeded.”

Grand Island, Neb., won the meet with 201 points. Teams from Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming also competed.

Individually for Central, Anthony Feller took second place at 145 pounds; Willy Holdren placed sixth at 152, Caleb Hendricks was sixth at 170 and Caleb Brown was fifth at 182.

Fairview duals: Palisade won five duals as seven wrestlers went undefeated: Randen Espinoza (106 pounds), Dalton Hanningan (120), Justin Ray (126), Daniel Salazar (132), Trevor Garcia (138), Bryce Hawley (160) and Eddie Vial (170).

Palisade defeated Columbine, Mountain View, Fairview, Highlands Ranch and Longmont.

The Bulldogs ran their duals record to 18-1.

Rumble in the Rockies: Hotchkiss won the first-place finals match in a 46-28 win over Delta.

Host Rifle won the third-place match 37-27 over Grand Valley and Hayden defeated Coal Ridge 30-27 in the fifth-place match.


Drew Bridges had 15 points and James Lewis and Spencer Fair nine each as Fruita Monument won 53-33 at Cortez.

Fruita (13-2, 3-0 Southwestern League) led 29-12 at halftime.

Grand Junction 57, Durango 50: Broderick Robinson had 14 points and DJ Wells scored 13 as Grand Junction outscored Durango by seven points in the final quarter to win.

Casey Burns had 10 points for the Tigers (9-6, 2-1 Southwestern League).

Plateau Valley 57, Ridgway 49 (OT): Teddy Grundy had 25 points, including three 3-pointers, as Plateau Valley outscored Ridgway 12-4 in overtime.

Kyler Smith had 16 points for Plateau Valley (7-2).

Hotchkiss 52, Coal Ridge 33: Taylor Schreiner had 13 points to pace Hotchkiss (7-4, 4-2 3A Western Slope League) in its win over Coal Ridge (3-8, 2-3).

Mitch McCallister and Tanner Simpson had 11 points apiece.


Lauren LaBonde had 20 points, including two 3-pointers, as Fruita Monument defeated Montezuma-Cortez 51-35.

Fruita outscored Cortez 16-4 in the fourth quarter. Kassidy Fair had eight points for the Wildcats (8-7, 2-1).

Grand Junction 64, Durango 45: Jamie Derrieux poured in 28 points as Grand Junction downed Durango.

Shafer Rubalcaba chipped in 10 points for the Tigers (13-3, 3-0 Southwestern League).

Moffat County 58, Palisade 12: Moffat County (10-6, 3-2 4A Western Slope League) outscored the Bulldogs 25-2 in the first half.


Central/Palisade placed fourth out of 17 teams in the Summit Tiger Invitational.

For Central/Palisade, Karolina Latek finished fourth in the 200 freestyle and fourth in 500 freestyle, Marlina Diaz was sixth in the 50 and 100 freestyle,  Teddy Hayes third in 200 individual medley and diver Mallory Wolf finished second.

Central/Palisade’s 200 yard medley relay of Kyra Newhouse, Liz Cottingham, Hayes and Diaz placed third and its 400 freestyle relay of Diaz, Latek, Sarah Kem and Currey Bentling placed fourth.


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