As Grand County High School enjoys the week off for Thanksgiving holiday, the Red Devil boys’ wrestling team prepares for its first match next Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Monticello.
The wrestling team, along with the majority of other GCHS teams, is heading into their first season at the 3A division, which will bring tougher competition from many larger schools. This venture into unknown competitive territory follows a strong performance in 2017 — one that saw the Red Devils compete at the 2A state tournament. Four Devils managed to place in the tournament, including returning seniors Kayden Robertson and Dakota Johnson.
With an overall team score of 73, the Red Devils took ninth place among the 16 teams in the 2A division last year. Robertson finished his season with an overall record of 41-22; all while snagging fifth place in the 126-pound bracket after losing to teammate Carson Sheets. Sheets managed to take third place for GCHS in the 126-pound bracket, but will not be returning to wrestle as a Red Devil this year after moving to Altamont.
Dakota Johnson also placed fifth in the 138-pound bracket, ending his season with a 32-17 record. Johnson suffered a broken arm during the Red Devils’ football season and his return is questionable, as he may not heal in time to be cleared for grappling.