Basalt wrestlers split at Rangely |

Basalt wrestlers split at Rangely

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Basalt High School wrestling team managed a split at a three-team meet in Rangely Saturday.

Due to illness and poor matchups, the Basalt team wrestled only five official matches in its bout with Rangely and lost all five in a 43-36 team loss.

“We wrestled poorly more than anything else,” coach Rob Grumley said.

The Longhorn grapplers rebounded in their second match of the day against Soroco.

“We matched up better with Soroco, but they only had eight wrestlers and we only had six official matches,” Grumley said. “We wrestled quite a bit better and outwrestled them.”

Basalt won the match 47-27.

“Both teams had a bunch of weights out sick, and we were missing a couple weights too, so we ended up staging several exhibition matches,” Grumley said.

“I hope this is an awakening for the boys,” Grumley continued. “We’ve got five dual meets left over the next two weeks and four of them are against top-10 teams in the state. We need to pull it together and start rising to the occasion because those matches will give us a real good idea about who we need to beat at regionals to get to the state tournament.”

On Thursday night, Basalt hosts top-10 team Meeker at Basalt High School at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Basalt travels to Olathe to take on two more top-10 schools. The regional tournament, which serves as a qualifier for the state tournament, is slated for Feb. 9-10.

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