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Pirates looking for a ’ship: Olathe’s Shank, Piatt in finals

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DENVER — They’ve been the targets of other wrestlers all season. Olathe’s Zach Shank and Kyle Piatt have withstood their opponents’ challenges and will wrestle for another state championship tonight at the Pepsi ...

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Schumann, Gaber make Montrose wrestling program proud

By Pat Rooney

DENVER — There was a moment midway through the Class 4A state wrestling semifinals on Friday night when the entire Montrose program rode a roller coaster. It really did last less than a minute, yet within that span, the Indians enjoyed ...

Paonia struggles, can still pick up plenty of consolation points

By Pat Rooney

DENVER — Cody Rapke figured it was going to be a monumental challenge. The Paonia senior just hoped he could put up a fight for a little longer. Rapke, the Eagles’ 152-pound entrant in the Class 2A state wrestling tournament, ...

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The final destination: GJ’s Hoffschneider will wrestle for title for second year in a row

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DENVER — Jessie Hoffschneider didn’t pump his fist. He barely cracked a smile. The Grand Junction High School junior reached the Class 5A state wrestling finals for the second consecutive year, but it’s still not ...

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‘Cats perfect in SWL for second straight year

By William Woody

MONTROSE –– For the second straight year, the Fruita Monument Wildcats ran the table in the Southwestern League, picking up a 71-49 victory Friday night over Montrose. Fruita Monument (17-6, 10-0 SWL) was led by James Lewis and ...

Sanchez’s solid effort not enough for Central vs. Grand Junction

By Patrick Bahr

The Central High School boys basketball team tried its best to play spoiler. Friday night at Grand Junction High School, the Warriors (4-19, 2-8 Southwestern League) had a 27-point effort from Taylor Sanchez, but it wasn’t enough to ...

‘Dogs state case for their inclusion in 4A playoffs

By Jon Mitchell

Palisade High School’s boys basketball team won a pivotal game Friday night against the Battle Mountain Huskies. Now they can play a waiting game. Kane Gunther scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the second half for the Bulldogs, ...

Experience helps Paonia stay grounded in first round at state

By Pat Rooney

DENVER — Dustin Braslin remembers exactly what it was like last year when he walked into the Pepsi Center for the first time as a competitor at the state wrestling tournament. It was all a bit overwhelming — the end-to-end ...

First-time Warriors: Central’s Feller, Jamison win first matches at 5A state tourney

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DENVER — Anthony Feller didn’t feel his best, but that didn’t stop him from taking advantage of his first opportunity to compete in the Class 5A state wrestling tournament. The 130-pound junior defeated Greeley West’s ...

Survivor, Pepsi Center: Bulldogs, Indians fare well in 4A

By Pat Rooney

DENVER — The first day of the state wrestling tournament is all about survival. For Palisade and Montrose, that mission was accomplished admirably. Both squads advanced the majority of their entrants through Thursday’s first ...

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