Eagle Valley wrestling at home Thursday for Senior Night
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley’s wrestling is in pretty good shape for the shape they’re in.
The Devils brought home a winner and some other podium finishes at the Northglenn Invitational last weekend. And they did it in spite of a rash of injuries that left them with no one in some weight classes.
“There are some kids performing better than we thought they would, and that’s encouraging,” said Ron Beard, Eagle Valley’s wrestling coach. “We’ve had some injuries, and we thought we’d have two or three more kids in the lineup.”
Junior Andy Armstrong won his division at 220 pounds. Armstrong won three matches, two by pin, one against an opponent from Yuma and one from Northglenn.
Armstrong won the crown with a 9-2 win over Scott Jurim, a highly ranked 5A opponent from Arapahoe High School.
“He lifted weights hard all year, and it really helped him,” Beard said.
Junior Taylor Wheeler finished second at 145 pounds. He was 3-1 on the day.
“He had a great day, and on the way to taking second, he beat a highly ranked 4A opponent from Greeley Central,” Beard said.
Damien Atencio finished third at 106 pounds.
Sophomore Marcus Medina was fourth at 113 pounds.
Beard said one of his proudest moments from Northglenn was senior Dakota West. The 138-pounder lost in the first round and had to fight his way back through the consolation bracket for a seventh-place finish.
The Devils are wrestling hard all week.
They traveled to Steamboat on Tuesday for a three-way meet against Steamboat and Glenwood.
They’re home Thursday to host Summit County and Coal Ridge. Then it’s back to the Front Range on Saturday for the Abraham Lincoln tournament in Denver.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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