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Devils grapplers shine

Ian Cropp

DENVER – As the state tournament gets closer and closer, the Eagle Valley wrestling squad is starting to gauge where it stands.Coach Ron Beard thinks his Devils size up pretty well, and he’s got some proof.On Saturday, Mason Ewing (135 weight class) and Chris Harvey (160) won championships at the Abe Lincoln Tournament.”Mason looked good. He beat the No. 1-ranked 2A wrestler in the finals,” Beard said.Before the finals, Ewing pinned three opponents, all in the first period.”Mason now has 23 pins on the year,” Beard said. “He hasn’t wrestled a full match since the Warrior Classic. He’s not out of shape, but he hasn’t been in the third period for so long that he wasn’t used to it.”Ewing clung to a lead in the third period of the championship match, avoiding a headlock by maintaining what Beard called an “impossible position of having his knees and hips on the mat and his head facing up.”In what was his fifth match of the day, Harvey beat the No. 2 4A wrestler, Johnny Ortega, in the finals. “Chris looked like his old self,” Beard said. “Those two guys will likely meet in the state finals. I think Chris will have an edge (at state) knowing he can win.”Short-handedThe Devils were without Jimmy Benavides (103), Kylan Kottenstette (152), Brendan Best (171) and Herman Hogue (145), but most of the injured wrestlers still made the trip to Denver to get a glimpse of potential opponents for the state tournament.Beard liked what he saw.”Brendan is sitting great, Kylan is sitting great, and so is Jimmy,” Beard said.Bo Archibeque (140) and Manuel Carrasco (119) each had a win on the day, while Louis Romersheuser won two of his matches.On Friday, Eagle Valley hosts Moffat County and Central starting at 5 p.m.Vail, Colorado


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