“We took eight wrestlers, but only filled six weights since we had two in two different weights,” said GCHS head coach Dennis Wells. “We did pretty well, considering we didn’t have a full team there.”
Grand’s two wrestlers in the 126-pound category both placed highly, with Oscar Flores taking second place and Chris Thompson placing third.
“They didn’t wrestle each other, but they both lost to the same guy,” Wells said, referring to Marshal Ross of John Mall High School in Walsenberg, Colorado, who defeated Flores by pin in the finals match to win the weight category at the tournament. Thompson, who’d lost to Ross earlier, went on to pin Chance Garcia of Mancos, Colorado, in the third-place match.
Also for Grand, Gage Hansen placed second in the 220-pound category, Kayden Robertson finished third in the 120-pound category, Dakota Johnson placed fifth at 132 pounds, Trent Elmore placed fifth at 145 pounds and Preston Barlow placed fifth at 182 pounds. John Corbin wrestled at 120 pounds but didn’t place.
Earlier in the week, the Red Devils suffered a 70-12 defeat in a dual match at Monticello on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
“We were down 36 points before it even started,” Wells said, explaining that Grand did not have wrestlers to compete in six of the 14 weight categories. That shortage of wrestlers resulted in six-point forfeits in each of the six weight classes.
Two Red Devil wrestlers — Robertson and Barlow — managed to win their respective matches by pin, while Grand’s remaining wrestlers lost their matches.
This week, the Red Devils were scheduled to face the San Juan Broncos in a dual meet at Moab on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Following the holiday break, Grand’s next scheduled wrestling event will be the 2A Duels invitational at Richfield on Jan. 8 and 9.