Rangely wrestlers open at Craig tournament

Bill Turner, who won Rangely’s first individual state wrestling title, congratulates the newest Panther state champion Travis Witherell. Turner won the 165-pound class in 1958 and Witherell won the 152-pound state title Feb. 20.

Bill Turner, who won Rangely’s first individual state wrestling title, congratulates the newest Panther state champion Travis Witherell. Turner won the 165-pound class in 1958 and Witherell won the 152-pound state title Feb. 20.RANGELY I Even though they were missing some of their team members, Rangely Junior High’s wrestling team had some strong individual performances in last weekend’s season-opening tournament at Craig.
Ketson Rouse, a sixth-grader, wrestled at 60 and 75 pounds and won twice for the Panthers.
“He wrestled a kid who weighed 75 and pinned him,” Rangely coach Derek Stolworthy said of Rouse.
Heath Peters was 2-1 and “did real well” at 85 pounds, Stolworthy said.
At 120 pounds, Lucas Heinle went undefeated at 3-0, including two pins.
“A lot of our kids were ineligible, unfortunately, because of grades,” Stolworthy said. “But they have their grades up. So we’ll have a full squad at Hayden (site of this Saturday’s tournament).”
They may not have the big numbers, but the Rangely Junior High and youth wrestling programs are making strides.
“Right now, we have 12 guys, which is not very many,” Stolworthy said of the junior high team. “We’re still trying to get the youth program built up better. I’m looking forward to some of these guys moving into high school next year. We’ll have some kids coming up who will be going into the ninth grade and I’m positive some of them will make varsity.”