Photo by Christopher Tomlinson

Palisade High School’s Randen Espinoza balances himself on his head Friday as he works toward defeating Josh Nira of Rocky Mountain 7-2 in a 113-pound second-round match in the Warrior Classic at Central High School.

Putting the pieces together

GJ's Lacy eyes final of Warrior Classic

Cody Lacy was leading 5-3 when Maya Nelson grabbed his leg and drove it into the mat.
Lacy didn’t panic. The Grand Junction High School 120-pound junior knew the situation and what he needed to do. He worked his way out of trouble and won a 9-3 decision over the All-American female wrestler from Denver East on Friday evening in the Warrior Classic quarterfinals at Central High School.
“It’s awesome,” Lacy said. “I’ve worked hard to get here. My coaches have worked hard to get me here. I’m excited. Everything is falling into place. I’ve been doing everything I need to do. My head’s in it more than it’s ever been.”
Lacy is one of six Grand Junction wrestlers in the semifinals.
Class 5A’s fourth-ranked Tigers are in third place with 107.5 points. No. 1 Arvada West is first with 123 and Green River, Wyoming, is second with 119. Paonia is fourth and Delta is fifth.

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