Varner places 3rd at state wrestling

Rangely’s Zane Varner placed third at the middle school state tournament in Denver, his only loss was to the eventual state champion. COURTESY PHOTO

RANGELY | The Rangely middle school wrestling team sent three wrestlers to the Super State Tournament in Denver this past weekend. Kobey Chism started the day off with a pin over his Rocky Ford opponent, then lost his next two matches. Chism was one match away from placing.

“Great Job ‘Cheese’,” said coach Jeff LeBleu. “It will be exciting to watch Kobey grow and get better. He has two more years of middle school wrestling left.”

Zane Varner went 6-1 with five pins. His only loss was to the eventual state champion.

“I wished we could have been on the other side of the bracket, I really believe he would have made the championship finals,” said coach LeBleu. “Great season, ‘Beast Mode.’”

Brent Cantrell got a pin in his first action at the tournament, then lost his next two.

“Awesome job, ‘Bruce’. The coaching staff would like to congratulate all three of these wrestlers on their performance at the tournament and representing Rangely very well. Thank you to all who traveled to Denver to support these fine young men,” LeBleu said.