BHS wrestlers tune up for regional tourney |

BHS wrestlers tune up for regional tourney

Aspen Times Staff Report

“Getting as many kids to state as possible” remains the foremost goal of the Basalt High School wrestling team, according to coach Rob Grumley.

The Basalt team features several grapplers who should be factors at the Colorado regional and state tournaments, which begin in less than a month.

At a nine-team tournament in Paonia last weekend, Mica Kentz of Basalt won his second-straight tournament title. The 130-pounder won his class at an Eagle Valley Tournament Jan. 6.

“He’s really coming on and looking great,” coach Grumley said. “He didn’t have any problems with anyone.”

Basalt heavyweight Jeremy Everding wrestled to his second-straight tournament finals appearance and lost to a wrestler who placed at the state tournament last year.

At 140 pounds, Chris Cottle prevailed in the consolation bracket to take third, after losing by just one point in the semifinals. Davin Crowley, at 189 pounds, wrestled his first tournament in more than motnh and took third also. And Basalt’s Nick McGrath took fourth at 119 pounds, “one of the toughest classes at the tournament,” Grumley said.

Basalt placed five of the eight wrestlers who traveled to the tournament, which put the team in seventh-place at the Paonia tournament.

“I saw some good things,” Grumley said. “I think we’re on track and looking pretty good going into the regional tournament. The kids are starting to get focused and we’ll pull it together and try and get some more consistency in the next couple weeks and then peak at the right time.”

Basalt travels Rangely this Saturday for a Tri-meet with Rangely and Sorocco.

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