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Gypsum wrestlers take title

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

The Gypsum Creek Middle School wrestling team recently finished a strong season, winning all four tournaments it entered, including a pair of home tourneys made up of nine teams and two 16-team tourneys.

In the the Eagle County League, which is made up of four schools, Gypsum Creek has finished first for all seven years the school has existed. This year’s team had 17 champions in 20 weight classes, and they had one open weight at 120, but at the other weights, the team had more than one competitor.

Adding on to the already long season, 10 wrestlers went to the Rocky Mountain Nationals Regional middle school tournament, where they placed second.

Gypsum Creek wrestlers who placed first at the tournament include Damien Atencio (70 pounds), Rafael Gurule (80), Jesse Martinez (152), Tanner Hallis (185).

Damian Montes was sixth (135), along with Alex Robledo (110), and Dakota West was eighth (110). Other wrestlers who competed were Kris Moya, Hector Soto, Taylor Wheeler. James Harvey and Chris Harvey coached the team.

The members of the Eagle County League champions are: Damien Atencio (70), Davey Madrid (75), Rafael Gurule (85), Kris Moya (90), Brian Olson Quintana (95), C.J. Paomales (100), Cole Nelson (105), J.D. Wamboldt (110), Dakota West (115), Andrew Vigil (125), Damian Montes (135), Henry Romagnoli (140), Andrew Armstrong (145), Jesse Martinez (150), Fidel Montes (155), Dylan Baltierrez (170) and Tanner Hollis (heavyweight). Other placers on the first and second team were Pedro Gallagos, Danny Woods, Hunter Burnham, Wtatt Shelly, Alex Robledo and Joshua Levia.

James Lee Karate will be hosting the 2008 Eagle Spring Championships April 19 at Eagle Valley Elementary School.

Registration is from 8:30 to 10 a.m., with a black-belt rules meeting at 9:30 a.m. Adult red, brown and black belts must attend the meeting. The cost is $35, with a $5 discount for either preregistered competitors or USKA members. The cost for spectators from ages 5 to 65 is $5.

For more information, call James Lee at 328-4360.


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