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Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Grand Junction’s Seth Latham, left, and Central’s Weston Holdren tangle during their 182-pound match at the Southwestern League Duals on Saturday at Fruita Monument High School. Central won the league championship.

Central’s Barrera delivers in clutch

Warriors win SWL title in final dual of tournament

The team championship had been decided in the day’s final dual. The All-Southwestern League medals had been awarded to the top wrestler in each weight class. And the post-meet, celebratory photos had been taken.
Then, Central High School’s wrestlers headed to a spot in the stands at Fruita Monument High School to change their shoes, put on their warm-ups and gather their gear.
Amidst that group of Warriors, Andrew Bench stood next to fellow junior EJ Barrera and said aloud for the sake of Barrera and nearby teammates, “This kid has come a long way.”
Wrestling up a weight at 170 pounds all day as part of a strategy Central employed in hopes of countering the shifts Grand Junction made in its lineup, Barrera was the last man on the mat for the Warriors against Grand Junction in the final match of Saturday’s final dual.


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