Tourney time

Rams, Tigers headed to league tournament; Sailors host triangular

— Meeker dominated Tuesday's wrestling dual against Hayden, but Tiger Mitchell Doolin made a statement at 125 pounds.

The freshman pinned Kyle Stout on a headlock three days after the Meeker sophomore took second in the two-day Uintah Tournament in Utah.

"That was a big highlight," Hayden coach Ty Zabel said. "Mitchell went out there with a lot of heart."

The Cowboys defeated the Tigers, 64-10, in a lopsided affair Tuesday in Meeker. Zed Wheelock scored Hayden's other four points, beating Jared Doll, 10-2, in a major decision.

Doolin was the only Hayden wrestler to place at the Uintah Tournament on Friday and Saturday, taking eighth at 125 pounds. Uintah is northeast of Salt Lake City, and its tournament featured teams from Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

"It was tough," Zabel said. "It was good, though. That's one reason I wanted to go -- for these younger kids, and for the team as a whole. It's really run like state with the weigh-ins and needing passes to get in."

The brackets were 32-man brackets, which is much larger than most regular season tournaments in Colorado. The finals were held on one mat under a spotlight.

"Everybody won some mat--ches, so it was good for them," Zabel said. "It was a confidence booster."

Up next for Hayden is the Western Slope League Tournament on Saturday in Paonia. The Soroco wrestling team also will be in Paonia. Soroco competed in the Wiggins Tournament on Saturday on the Eastern Plains. It was a chance to see different competition than the wrestlers the Rams are accustomed to seeing on the Western Slope.

Soroco was seventh as a team with just four wrestlers, and all four placed.

Justin Iacovetto was second at 103 pounds, falling to a Wiggins senior by decision, 7-4. Joel Schlegel and Dennis Morgan were third at 112 and 189 pounds, respectively. Levi Gonzales was fourth at 119 pounds.

Steamboat was in the top 10 at the Rob Mikel Tournament on Saturday in Salida. Andy Morrell (135 pounds), Ben DeLine (152 pounds) and Joey Melius (189 pounds) placed fourth. DeLine didn't have a chance to wrestle for third because of an injury.

Luke Rummel finished sixth at 140 pounds but didn't have a chance to place any higher after wrestling in the maximum five matches. The Colorado High School Activities Association doesn't allow high school wrestlers to compete in more than five matches in one day.

"He wrestled really well," Sailors coach Sean McCarthy said. "Hopefully they are peaking at the right time. That was my goal, and hopefully, a shared goal. We are only a couple weeks away from regionals."

Steamboat squares off against regional opponents in a 6 p.m. triangular today at Steamboat Springs High School. The Sailors host Eagle Valley and Palisade.

"Those are two tough teams," McCarthy said. "We have to wrestle our best to be competitive."

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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