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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Spartans dominate at Soeby Classic

By Gary Wamsley

The Soeby Classic was a showcase for the Berthoud Wrestlers on Saturday. The host team won four duals on their way to the team title. The Spartans bested Mitchell HS (64-15), The Academy (72-6), Widefield HS (55-15) and Greeley Central (45-22).

In the 112 pound class, Alex Kingsley ranked at 12 this week won three matches loosing only to 11th ranked Gabe Padilla of the Academy.

The Academy showed up with only four wrestlers, 112, 135, 189 and 215 pounds, so that not all Berthoud wrestlers had four matches.

Kegan Gavaldon is ranked 2nd in the 3A 119 pound class and won his first match by a pin at 55 seconds. He finished by defeating  two ranked 4A wrestlers as he pinned Jayme Wilson at 2:20 and bested Donovan Alirez of Greely Central by a score of 16-1.

Kegan Gavaldon makes points on a reversal before pinning Jayme Wilson of Widefield in the second period.

130 pound Tyler Bethel (10th ranked) scored two pins and lost 5-7 to Eric Gueero, the 11th ranked 4A wrestler.

Tyler Bethal pined H Hugue of Widefield in 1:05.

No one got past the first period against the Spartans two top ranked wrestlers.

Robbie Workman, at 135, made short work of all his opponents with pins at :46, 25, 29 and 31 seconds.

Workman showed his form with his fourth pin of the day, taking down Steven King of Greeley Central in 31 seconds.

Alex Sadlo, at140 pounds, had three matches and won all by pins at :37, :12, and 1:35

Widefield's Blake lasted 12 seconds on the mat with Alex Sadlo.

Cooper Wynn (#10 at 145) had a perfect day as he pinned all three of his opponents in the first period.

Cooper Wynn pins W Sandau in 51 seconds

Corey Ellis (#7 at 160) won all three of his matches. He out scored his first two opponents 18-3 and 11-2 and pinned A. Lara of Greeley Central in 1:50.

Corey Ellis pushes A Lara's shoulders to the mat for a pin in the first period.

Casey Couch may have had the most challenging day. Couch is ranked No. 4 in the 189 pound class and he took his first two matches by falls at 3:16 and :13. His third match was against DJ Hightower of Widefield who is No. 4 ranked 4A wrestler. Couch took that match by a fall at 3:58. He next defeated C. Mendoza of Greeley, ranked at No. 6, by a score of 12-8.

Casey Couch stirs it up with 4th ranked DJ Hightower. Couch won with a pin with 2 seconds left in the second period.

JT Pickert went 4-0 in his matches. The No. 2 ranked 215 pound wrestler pinned the #4 Brauilo Mendez of Mitchell in 4:40 and made short work of the remaining wrestlers with pins in :33, 1:14, and :47.

JT Pickert throws Greeley's J Aguire to the mat for the pin at 47 seconds.

In the final weight class, Josh Atkinson at 210 pounds wrestling in the 289 class defeated the #4 and #6 Class 4A Heavyweights 7-5 and 7-2.

Josh Atkinson had no trouble with sixth ranked 4A wrestler AJ Polard.

With nine of their 13 wrestlers (the 103 pound class is vacant) ranked in the top 10, the Spartans are on track for several wrestlers to go to the state championship. The Spartans have fallen to third place in the 3A rankings behind Alamosa and Valley, but there is still time to recoup with a strong showing.

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