28 youth wrestlers place in top four in Hayden

Barone Middle School seventh-grader Connor Blunt was not able to wrestling in the recent middle school state tournament because of an injury but he has recovered and he won the Aztec Warrior wrestling tournament last Saturday in Farmington, N.M. Blunt’s brother Cade placed third, middle school teammates Tyson and Dalton Portwood placed second and fifth, respectively, while Brendon Clatterbaugh placed fifth and Kelton Turner placed sixth. Kayden Franklin also participated but did not place in the Rocky Mountain Nationals production. COURTESY PHOTO

RBC | “I was proud of how our kids wrestled,” Meeker youth wrestling coach Carl Padilla said of the 33 wrestlers, who competed in Hayden last Saturday, where 28 placed in the top four.

Peyton Muxlow won a gold medal in the 4U division, Toren Gates won one in the 6U, Hoyt Garcia in the 8U, Holton Harvey and Tucker Chinn each won a title in the 10U, while Dillon Hobbs, Diego Robles and Noah LeBlanc all won gold medals in the 12U division and Ryan Hall won one in the 14U.

Daxton Koenig, Josh Simmons, Thomas Theos, Samuel Merz, Lyam Richardson, Grayer Moody, Domonic Wyatt, Adrianna Price, Livi Caulfield, Zander Saunders, and Diego Robles were all runners-up.

Mattaio Padilla, Dillon Koenig, Gael Rodriqez, Deegan Moody, Bow Muxow, Miles Franklin and Damen Maybery were all third and Cooper Michel finished fourth.

Coach Padilla said Tilden Gates, Alaric O’Dell and Dublin Price all won matches but did not place, while Bryant Turner and Tayze Buhler also competed.