Valley’s 103-pounders more than hold their own on the mat

Palisade High School’s Daniel Salazar, top, takes down Cody Clawson of Paonia during their 103-pound bout at the Palisade Invitational wrestling tournament.

Central High School’s Matt Gurule, top, works on Shawn Wall of Denver East during their 103-pound bout at the Palisade Invitational wrestling tournament.

Dylon Thompson, Grand Junction Wrestling

Each wrestling season presents its own strengths and weaknesses.

It changes from season to season, but there always seems to be a dominant weight class for local teams.

That weight class for District 51 teams this year could very well be the lightest of them all.

Three 103-pounders are dominating opponents this season, and they’ll all be back next season.

Here’s a look at the Western Slope’s top 103-pounders:

Matthew Gurule, Central

Year: Junior

Record: 24-0

On the Mat Ranking: 1st, Class 5A

Past Accomplishments: 2008 Class 5A state 103-pound champion

Tournament Titles This Season: Wildcat Duals (112 pounds), Mesa State Duals, Warrior Classic, Colfax Smackdown, Palisade Invitational

Signature Move: “He’s got a great snapdown to a cradle.” — Central coach Laurence Gurule

Dylon Thompson, Grand Junction

Year: Freshman

Record: 18-6

On the Mat Ranking: 10th, Class 5A

Past Accomplishments: 2nd place, 93 pounds, Fargo Nationals last summer

Tournament Titles This Season: Liberty Bell Invitational

Signature Move: “With all his freestyle (experience), he’s pretty tough on his feet.” — Grand Junction coach Bud Glover

Daniel Salazar, Palisade

Year: Freshman

Record: 19-3

On the Mat Ranking: 5th, Class 4A

Past Accomplishments: 2008 state middle school champion

Tournament Titles This Season: Wildcat Duals, Sheridan Invitational, Montrose Invitational

Signature Move: “He doesn’t have one move, but he goes 110 percent all the time.” — Palisade coach Brian Rush


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