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.
130 pound Tyler Bethel (10th ranked) scored two pins and lost 5-7 to Eric Gueero, the 11th ranked 4A wrestler.
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.
Alex Sadlo, at140 pounds, had three matches and won all by pins at :37, :12, and 1:35
Cooper Wynn (#10 at 145) had a perfect day as he pinned all three of his opponents in the first period.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.