Prep: Basalt wrestlers both go 1-2 at state

Basalt wrestlers both go 1-2 at state tourney

The Class 3A state wrestling tournament went about as expected this weekend for both of Basalt High School’s qualifiers.

In Thursday’s first-round matchup, BHS junior heavyweight Oswaldo Morales was pinned in 1:34 by Manitou Springs wrestler Julian Sanchez to end his state title quest.

Morales rebounded the next day with a 3-2 decision over Holy Family’s Andrew Edwards, but lost a 4-0 decision in his next match to Monte Vista’s Cedric Perea to finish the tournament with a 1-2 record.

At 195 pounds, BHS junior William Rivera also went 1-2. He opened with a loss to Alameda’s Fabian Estrada (fall, 0:32), who was wrestling in the state championship match late Saturday.

After the loss, Rivera responded with a win over Sterling’s Drew Book (fall, 3:52) before bowing out with a 7-2 loss to Moffat County’s Hugo Hernandez.

It was the first state tournament experience for both Basalt wrestlers. Each is expected back next season for their senior year and should again be a factor.

Aspen High hockey headed to playoffs

The Aspen High School hockey team went 1-1 over the weekend to finish out the regular season.

The Skiers won 8-1 Friday at Columbine, and lost 7-2 Saturday at Mountain Vista.

Aspen finishes the regular season 8-10-1 overall. The state playoff bracket is expected to be announced today. AHS is likely to be a high teen to low 20s seed.