Everding advances to quarters of state wrestling tournament
Basalt High’s Jeremy Everding pinned an opponent from Burlington, Colorado, yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A State Wrestling Tournament in Denver.
Everding, a heavyweight, stuck Logan Feldhousen with 5 seconds remaining in the first period of their first-round match yesterday afternoon at the Pepsi Center. Everding, 23-4 on the season, is slated to wrestle J.C. Sandobal of Brush today at 10 a.m. today.
“Jeremy won big,” Basalt coach Rob Grumley said. “He controlled the whole match and if he keeps wrestling the way he has been, I think he’s got a good chance of finishing high up.”
Everding’s success wasn’t matched by the three other Basalt High School wrestlers who qualified for the elite tournament.
Kelly Winn, a 125-pounder, suffered a torn ACL in his knee during a first-round loss to Joshua Jordan of Bennett yesterday. The injury knocked Winn out of contention in the consolation bracket. Nick McGrath and Chris Cottle dropped their first-round matches, too, but the two will have opportunities to place through the consolation bracket.
McGrath and Cottle “just got to keep wrestling now,” Grumley said. “It’s the long way around, but they’re not out of it by any means.”
McGrath (25-8) lost a close match to Beau Brug of Wray 6-5 in the 119-pound class.
“Nick got down early 6-2 and made a strong comeback, but he just ran out of time,” said Grumley.
In the first-round consolation matches, which immediatly follow the 10 a.m. quarterfinal matches today, McGrath faces Keith Clayton of Fountain Valley.
Chris Cottle, Basalt’s 140-pounder, lost a tough match to Brian Thornton of Florence 15-6 in their first-round match yesterday.
“Thornton was real good, tough as nails,” Grumley said. “He’s one of the top kids in that weight class, and Chris had a tough time scoring on him.”
Cottle, 20-14 on the season, faces Lucas Maez of Cenntauri in the first round of consolations today.
“It was a bummer,” Grumley said of Basalt’s first-round disappointments. “We’re just going to have to go through the back door.”
Grumley, however, says he likes Everding’s chances via the front door. Everding, who took sixth in the 2000 state tourney, has a quarter-final match at 10 a.m. today against Brush’s Sandobal.
“He’s going to have to wrestle well because obviously every kid here is good,” Grumley said. “From what I’ve seen, he’s as good as anyone in the heavyweight class, and he’s sitting in a good spot on the bottom half of (the 16 man) bracket.”
The semifinals of the 2001 State Wrestling Tournament get under way tonight at 7:15 p.m. The finals begin Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
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