West Grand at regionals

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WITH STATE IN SIGHT…. West Grand sophomore A.J. Multerer inverts— and eventually pins, 0:50 into the first period—Nucla junior Michael Pfifer during action at the 2A-Region 1 Championships held Feb. 9-10 at Delta High School. Competing at 145 pounds, Multerer finished 2-3 at the meet, and finished in sixth place. Only the top four at each weight in Region 1 will wrestle at the State Championships (Feb. 15-17 inside Denver’s Pepsi Center), however, and representing the Mustangs will be senior 195-pounder Noah Schroeder. After a by-rule default win over Cedaredge’s Pedro Madaleno—whom he’d already beaten in the consolation semifinals— Schroeder improved to 3-2 at the tournament and placed fourth. Junior Marcos Ramirez nearly advanced as well, but ended up fifth at 182 after losing a 2-1 battle to Paonia’s Anthony Miller. In the team standings, WGHS totaled 39 points and finished tied with Dove Creek for 10th place.
WITH STATE IN SIGHT…. West Grand sophomore A.J. Multerer inverts— and eventually pins, 0:50 into the first period—Nucla junior Michael Pfifer during action at the 2A-Region 1 Championships held Feb. 9-10 at Delta High School. Competing at 145 pounds, Multerer finished 2-3 at the meet, and finished in sixth place. Only the top four at each weight in Region 1 will wrestle at the State Championships (Feb. 15-17 inside Denver’s Pepsi Center), however, and representing the Mustangs will be senior 195-pounder Noah Schroeder. After a by-rule default win over Cedaredge’s Pedro Madaleno—whom he’d already beaten in the consolation semifinals— Schroeder improved to 3-2 at the tournament and placed fourth. Junior Marcos Ramirez nearly advanced as well, but ended up fifth at 182 after losing a 2-1 battle to Paonia’s Anthony Miller. In the team standings, WGHS totaled 39 points and finished tied with Dove Creek for 10th place.

Wrestling notes by coach Brian Strathman

The West Grand wrestling team traveled to Delta for the 2A Region 1 tournament. The top 4 wrestlers in each weight moved on to the State tournament at the Pepsi Center which starts on Thursday and ends Saturday night with Finals.

Competing for WG were:

David Santos 106 David had a good tournament. He went out there and competed despite giving up weight to all of his opponents. David finished 1 win away from placing at regionals. Omar Dominguez 126 Omar went out there and gave it his all every match. Omar was knocked out of the tournament on Friday night along with many other highly ranked freshman.

Gabe Demattos 132 Gabe competed in a loaded bracket but went out there and gave #1 in the state a scare to start his tournament. Gabe lost his second match on Friday and was out of the tournament. Cameron Wood 138 Cameron went out and competed well in the toughest weight class in the tournament. Cameron finished the weekend 1 win away from placing.

AJ Muelterer 145 AJ had a great tournament starting out Friday night with 2 wins including beating the #1 seed in his bracket. AJ lost his semi final match and finished the weekend in 6th place. This was a great showing for AJ as his hard work paid off. JR Dominguez 160 JR went out and competed all weekend in which was his final Regional. Despite an injury he left everything he had on the mat trying to make the State tournament on his last try. JR came up just short of his goal finishing the weekend in 6th place.

Marcos Ramirez 182 Marcos started the tournament with a tough draw due to his lack of matches due to a football injury. Marcos came to compete this weekend. Marcos wrestled back to have a chance at going to state. He lost the match 2-1 for a crushing defeat. Marcos had a short but successful season.

Noah Schroeder 195 Noah came into the tournament as the #2 seed. Noah wrestled well coming up short in the semis and consolation final to finish in 4th place. Noah is headed to the Pepsi Center for the State Tournament. Noah will wrestle Dawson Worley of Cheyenne Wells in his first match.

The State Tournament begins Thursday at 5 at the Pepsi Center. Wrestling continues Friday and Saturday beginning at 9:30.

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