Everding pins down 6th at state wrestling tournament
Basalt’s Jeremy Everding rallied back after a quarter-final round disappointment to claim sixth place in the Class 3A heavyweight division at the 2001 State Wrestling Tournament in Denver Saturday.
For Everding, the only BHS who returned to the state tourney this year, sixth place is an improvement over last year, when he finished just out of the top 6, but disappointing just the same.
“I think he was one of the better heavyweights there,” said Basalt coach Rob Grumley, “so I think he was a little disappointed because he didn’t wrestle as well as he could have.”
Everding, who recently accepted a scholarship to play football at Northern Arizona University next fall, led the Basalt High School team by pinning Logan Feldhousen of Burlington in the first period of their first-round match Thursday afternoon at the Pepsi Center. In Friday’s quarter-final against J.C. Sandobal of Brush, Everding fell behind 5-0 after the first period but cut the deficit to 4-5 with 30 seconds remaining in the third and final two-minute period. Sandobal, who went on to finish third in the heavyweights, fought off Everding’s last-ditch efforts to win 9-5.
In a second-round consolation match Friday evening, Everding bounced back and stuck Jeff Bair of Eagle Valley at 3:22. Saturday morning, Everding continued his rise through the consolation bracket by beating Kendrick Shuett of Eaton 2-0, coming off a first period takedown.
That win advanced Everding in the semifinals of the consolation bracket, a match that began 45 minutes after his three-period win over Bair.
“I think that affected him,” Grumley said. “He didn’t have a lot of time to recover, not that he’d use that for an excuse.”
With a chance to advance to the consolation finals, and possibly third place, Everding lost to Joey Madrid of Lajunta 5-1. The loss sent Everding into a consolation match against Cory Karpilo of Florence, with 5th place on the line. After taking a 5-1 lead after the first period, Everding “got caught on a throw and pinned” in the second period, Grumley said.
“It was a heartbreaker because he was wrestling well and he got caught,” Grumley said. “He’s a little disappointed, but he still did a heck of a job. He’s wrestled great the last two years and just getting to the state tournament again and winning matches says something.”
“He’s got nothing to hang his head about because there were an awful lot of good kids there,” he continued.
At last year’s state tourney, Everding posted a 2-2 record and just missed placing in the top 6. This year, Everding went 3-3 to take 6th and improve his overall record to 25-7 on the season.
Three other Basalt seniors who qualified for the state tournament didn’t fare as well as Everding.
Kelly Winn, a 125-pounder, suffered a suspected torn ACL and miniscus in his right knee during a first-round loss to Joshua Jordan of Bennett Thursday. The injury knocked Winn out of contention in the consolation bracket.
Nick McGrath, at 119, and Chris Cottle, at 140, dropped their first-round matches too, then rebounded to win their first round consolation matches Friday.
McGrath, who narrowly lost to Wray’s Beau Brug 6-5 Thursday, came back Friday to beat Mountain Valley’s Keith Clayton 7-3. McGrath then ran into the eventual third-place finisher, Luke Oestman of Yuma, in his second-round consolation match. Oestman beat McGrath 14-2, knocking him out of the competition.
Cottle had similar misfortunes in the consolation brackets. After losing 15-6 to Florence’s Brian Thornton in the first round, Cottle downed Lucas Maez of Centauri 10-7. In Friday’s second-round consolation bout, Cottle lost 10-2 to Wray’s Jeff Pagel, who ended up finishing third.
“Chris and Nick had tough draws all weekend,” said Grumley.
With 1-2 records at the state tourney, McGrath and Cottle finished their seasons 27-9 and 21-14, respectively. Winn, who was unable to continue in consolations, went 0-1 and finished at 22-12 overall.
“They all had good seasons – 20 wins is a good year,” Grumley said. “Their goal was to get to state and they would’ve all liked to place, but I think they did a good job. They worked hard for this all year and this is a heck of a tournament. I’m proud of them. All of them made big leaps from last year and that’s what you look for.”
“You just have to hope for the day of your life when you get to the state tournament,” he continued, “because there’s no room for error here.”
As a team, Basalt finished with 13 points, in 30th position among 43 teams from Class 3A that competed in the tournament.
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