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RANGELY I The Rangely High School Panther wrestling team hosted the second annual Vern Rose Memorial Tournament on Saturday with only four wrestlers entered. Two of those won individual titles.
Rangely seniors Heath Peters (138) and Ethan Allred (170) won their respective brackets while Nych DeLeon (145) finished second and Kiki Ruiz won one match at 152. The Panthers placed fifth as a team.
“Heath and Ethan had a full day of wrestling; both wrestled five matches each,” head coach Jeff Heinle said. “I know they were both tired, but wrestling tired let us coaches see what we need to work on to make sure we get to the next level.”
Peters pinned three of his five opponents while Allred pinned four opponents and won the fifth by technical fall (22-5).
“Nych wrestled well all day but got caught in the finals, and Kiki wrestled solid, losing two tough matches,” Coach Heinle said.
Landon Rowely (126) and Josh Bolding (185) did not wrestle because of illnesses and Chance Sheppard (220) is out for the next three weeks with an injury, Coach Heinle reported.
Coach Heinle and his staff wanted to thank the parents, RHS staff and individuals within the community who helped put on the tournament, and he offered special thanks to the community for supporting the wrestlers.
The Panthers will wrestle in Steamboat Springs on Saturday.