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Photo by Jon Mitchell

Grand Junction’s Josiah Rider easily won his second straight Class 5A state title, pinning Ponderosa’s Parker Benekas in 1 minute, 35 seconds Saturday night at the Pepsi Center. Rider was the Tigers’ only champion.

Relief and expectation

GJ’s Rider dominates foes on way to winning second straight crown

DENVER — E.J. Barrera’s teammates waited patiently underneath the Pepsi Center stands Saturday night for their opportunity.
As soon as Barrera finished doing media interviews after winning the 170-pound Class 4A state championship, he was he mobbed. Barrera, the school’s first state champion in eight years, soaked it all in.





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