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Bulldogs ‘tri’-umphant

Melinda Mawdsley
Special to the Daily/Melinda Mawdsley Eagle Valley 171-pounder Brendan Best scores back points on Steamboat's 189-pounder Joey Melius during an exhibition Thursday. The Devils beat the Sailors in the dual, 63-12

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The Palisade wrestling team was in postseason form.The Bulldogs, unranked but obviously talented, easily defeated Eagle Valley and host Steamboat Springs in Thursday’s triangular in Steamboat.

“They came out ready,” Devils coach Ron Beard said. “They came out aggressive. We came out flat.”Eagle Valley surrendered 12 points at 189 and 215 pounds, but Palisade was every bit as dominant as the final 53-16 score indicates.The Devils picked up an impressive pin from 135-pounder Mason Ewing and a 10-1 major decision from 160-pounder Chris Harvey. Eagle Valley’s other six points came on hard-fought wins from Kylan Kottenstette at 152 pounds and a 6-2 overtime decision from Brendan Best at 171 pounds.

That Eagle Valley veteran quartet has set a tone this season.”Mason, Kylan, Brendan and Chris – they go together every day,” Beard said.Eagle Valley and Palisade opened Thursday’s dual. Palisade had posted some great finishes at regional tournaments but hadn’t been recognized as one of the state’s top teams. That’s likely to change.

“It’s where you finish,” said Bulldogs coach Brian Rush on the rankings. “We’ve been pushing it pretty hard. Each week we keep getting better.”Eagle Valley defeated Steamboat, 63-12, in the final dual, and Mader was the only Sailor to win. The other six points were awarded to 189-pounder Joey Melius on a forfeit.Coaches for all three schools have talked about peaking at the right time. The top four wrestlers at each weight at the regional tournament Feb. 10-11 at Grand Junction High School advance to state.

Up next for Eagle Valley is the Lake County Invite SaturdayTo reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.comVail, Colorado

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