Young Panthers compete

Rangely middle school wrestlers Kobey Chism, Jaxon Torsell, Isaiah Moody, Sage Rhea, Kasen LeBleu competed in Hayden and Soroco last weekend.

RANGELY | The Rangely middle school wrestlers traveled to Hayden last Friday afternoon and competed in a four man round robin dual. The Panther wrestlers wrestled very well and came out of the dual with three undefeated wrestlers: Landon Carlson (85), Kobey Chism(110) and Jaxon Torsell (140). On Saturday the Panthers competed in the Soroco Rams Invitational tournament.
“I thought we wrestled well most of the day,” said head coach Jeff LeBleu. The Panther team placed five out of 10 wrestlers who competed. Kobey Chism (110) led the way as the Panthers lone champion. Izaiah Moody (95) and Kasen LeBleu(145) placed third. Sage Rhea (130) and Jaxon Torsell (140) placed fourth. Landon Carlson lost a very close match 3-2 that cost him getting into the medal round. Clay Allred (90) had two tough draws.
“He didn’t get a win, but he is very close to getting them,” LeBleu said.
Brode Low (95) won one match. According to LeBleu, Low is getting better each week and is starting to get some confidence.
“Marcos Quintana at 175 pounds works his tail off in practice, he just needs self confidence and more mat time,” LeBleu said. On Friday the Panthers will host two tough duals with Meeker and Hayden. Wrestling will begin at 1 p.m. On Saturday the team will travel to Meeker and compete in the Northwest Colorado championships. Wrestling will begin at 9 a.m.
“I would like to personally thank Mike Chism, Todd Low, Ryan Torsell and Zane Varner for helping coach the team and all the parents and grandparents that traveled to support us,” LeBleu said.

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