Wrestlers take top honors at tourney

The Barone Middle School wrestling team gathered on the podium to receive the trophy after winning the team championship in Hayden last Saturday. “They sure were excited when they announced they won the team title,” head coach Lee Overton said.

— BMS crowns 5 individual champions, travel to Rangely tonight —

The Barone Middle School wrestling team gathered on the podium to receive the trophy after winning the team championship in Hayden last Saturday. “They sure were excited when they announced they won the team title,” head coach Lee Overton said.
The Barone Middle School wrestling team had an outstanding performance in the Hayden tournament Saturday.
Head coach Lee Overton said, “Everybody wrestled extremely well, it is amazing how much better they wrestle every week.” The Cowboys had more than 20 kids wrestling despite sickness sidelining some athletes.
“Every kid entered won at least one match,” Overton said. Meeker won the tournament by more than 20 points with 196.5 over second place Hayden finishing with 173 points.
On their way to the team title, Meeker had five individual champions. Sheridan Harvey pinned his way through the tournament, Casey Turner wrestled extremely tough to pin two kids and defeat the other 11-0. Dillon Frantz also pinned his way through the tournament capturing the title with classmate Tyler Ilgen winning the first tournament he has entered. TJ Shelton was Meeker’s fifth champion and was also named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament.
“I was happy TJ won the outstanding wrestler, he wrestled very well,” said Overton.
Every member on the team contributed to the team title with four kids finishing second in the tournament including Robby Jensen, Jake Nielsen, Tyler Pollock, and Chase Rule. Josh Cochran finished third and Cole Purcell, Cody Nielson, Jake Henderson and Brett McGruder all finished fourth. Hunter Garcia ended the day fifth, with Sam Lange and Caleb Bradford each pinning one opponent.
The BMS cowboys head to Rangely tonight for a triangular dual format with Hayden as the third team. The team is an exciting bunch of young wrestlers certainly worth the price of admission to watch.