Rangely sends three to state wrestling

RANGELY | Nine Rangely middle school wrestlers competed in the northwest Colorado regional tournament last Saturday in Grand Junction. Sixth grader Jaxon Torsell; seventh graders Mariah Henson, Anthony Dorris, Kasen LeBleu; eighth graders Braxton Moore and Dontea Pearce all wrestled in the tournament but did not place.

Pearce lost a heartbreaker in the last two seconds of his final match. Kobey Chism wrestled very well. He lost a couple of close matches in the tournament but still placed fourth and qualified.

“It’s a pretty tough thing to do qualifying as a sixth grader,” said coach Jeff LeBleu. Zane Varner continued to dominate, pinning all his opponents and earning tournament champion status. He should go in as a high seed at the state tournament. Brent Cantrell also will be making the trip to Denver and competing.

“We really need to step it up this week as this will be our last and toughest test all season,” LeBleu said. Wrestling begins at 3 p.m. on Friday. A special thank you to all who came out and supported the team.