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Eagle Valley grapplers pin opponents in Delta

Daily Staff Report

DELTA – The Eagle Valley wrestlers brought home some hardware from the Delta Invitational this past weekend.While the team finished lower than coach Ron Beard expected, four individuals shined at the tournament.No one shone brighter than Jimmy Benavides. The senior, who has only one loss on the season, made the change from the 112-pound weight class to 103 last week. Benavides won three matches on his way to his first tournament championship. Benavides was voted by coaches as the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament for the lower weights (103-140). “Jimmy knocked off three very good wrestlers,” Beard said. “People were coming up to me wanting to know where this kid came from.”Senior Mason Ewing won the championship at 135 pounds, and spent less than three minutes on the mat for the day, pinning all of his opponents in the first period. “Mason just mowed through his opponents like a machine,” said assistant coach Luke Cross.Chris Harvey won his second tournament title of the season. The senior wrestled at the 160 weight and had his first close match of the year, winning in double-overtime in the title match. “I think Chris was disappointed in the way he wrestled, but he shouldn’t be. Bottom line is he won. Every kid that wrestles him is going to wrestle their absolute best. Every kid wants to be the one that knocks him off,” Beard.Beard explained that because Harvey is the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the state he wears a big target on his back and everybody is gunning for him.The other Eagle Valley wrestler to place was Brendan Best, a junior 171 pounder. Best lost, 8-2, in the semifinal match to Brandon Morris of Nucla, and ended up in fourth place in the consolation finals.The tournament proved very difficult for the other Devils who made the trip. Kyle Green (152), Will Britt (215) and Louis Romersheuser (275) were each able to muster only one victory. Trent Book (112), Manuel Carrasco (119), Bo Archibeque (140) and Herman Hogue (145) didn’t win any matches, but should benefit from the experience and be more prepared for the upcoming Warrior Wrestling Classic this weekend at Grand Junction Central High School.Vail, Colorado


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