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Kottenstette takes third for Eagle Valley wrestlers in Denver

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyEagle Valley's Matt Kottenstette tries to flip his opponent for a pin earlier this season. Kottensette took third at the Abraham Lincoln Invitational on Saturday.

DENVER, Colorado ” The Eagle Valley wrestling team went through an up-and-down day at the Abraham Lincoln Invitational in Denver on Saturday.

An injury and an illness knocked out two of the Devils’ wrestlers. Joey Bajza couldn’t compete because of an injury he suffered in practice last week that required stitches. Andrew Hill had to drop out the tournament after battling an illness.

Even with two of Eagle Valley’s top wrestlers out, the Devils were still able to put together a strong performance. Sophomore Matt Kottenstette took third at 140 pounds for Eagle Valley.

Kottenstette advanced into the semifinals with three quick victories to start the tournament. After dropping a match to Westminster’s Joaquin Marquez, 3-0, Kottenstette claimed third by forfeit.

Colt Ewing notched a pair of wins for the Devils at 112. Ewing recorded two-straight victories to advance, but ended up losing his next match to be eliminated from podium contention.

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Kris Moya, Tanner Hollis and Dakota West all went 0-2 on the day for Eagle Valley.

The Devils go to regionals on Feb. 13. Ewing will head to regionals with Eagle Valley’s best record at 28-9. Along with Ewing, Hill (19-8), Kottenstette (26-13) and Bajza (18-7) all have an excellent chance of making it to the state tournament.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.

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