Devils place fourth at Lake County Invite
LEADVILLE – The Eagle Valley Devils wrestling team placed fourth at the Lake County Invitational in Leadville this past weekend. Five Devils wrestlers advanced to the finals and two won their matches, taking first place.Senior Jimmy Benavides (103 weight class) had an outstanding tournament on his way to a championship, knocking off three of the state’s elite 2A wrestlers. “Jimmy was in the groove. He looked unstoppable,” said coach Ron Beard.Mason Ewing (135) continued his winning ways and appeared equally unstoppable. Three of Ewing’s victories were first period pins.”Mason is on fire. He is completely focused right now. His 19 pins this season prove that,” said assistant coach Luke Cross.Chris Harvey (145), Kylan Kottenstette (152), and Brendan Best (171) all lost in their respective championship matches. “Kylan beat a three-time state champion, Chris knocked off an undefeated kid and Brendan had some horrible calls against him. I am very proud of all the guys – they wrestled their hearts out,” Beard said.Freshman Joey Bajza (112), sophomore Herman Hogue (145), and senior Louis Romersheuser (275) each had one victory. The tournament featured 16 teams from all over Colorado. Rocky Ford placed first and Gunnison finished second.Vail, Colorado
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.