Rangely middle school wrestlers open season

RANGELY | Rangely middle school wrestling opened its season last Saturday in the Fruita dual team tournament. Rangely ended the day going 3-2 in the duals and a 3-way tie for second place. Rangely started the duals against eventual champion Fruita.

“We did not wrestle up to our potential and plain and simple just got whipped,” said head coach Jeff LeBleu. “The next dual was against Mt. Garfield. We wrestled a lot better in this dual. We won the head-to-head matches but lost the dual due to forfeits at the end.”

The third and fourth duals were against Riverside and Grand Junction East, both of which the Panthers won. The final dual of the day was against Grand Junction West.

“This dual was evenly matched all the way through and it came down to the last few matches to determine the winner. Again, the Panthers wrestled very well and completed the day with another dual win. As coaches we were very pleased with the team’s effort after the first dual. We competed and that’s what our mindset was going in.

Panther wrestlers competing included Landon Carlson, Clay Allred, Brode Low, Izaiah Moody, Anthony Dorris, Kobey Chism, Sage Rhea, Jaxon Torsell, Kasen LeBleu and Marcos Quintana.

This week the Panthers will travel to Hayden on Friday to wrestle a quad with Hayden, Soroco and West Grand. Wrestling begins at 1 p.m. On Saturday the team will compete in the Soroco Invitational. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m.

The team would like to thank all the parents and grandparents who traveled and supported the team.

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