BHS wrestlers beat Hayden, eye regionals
Mike Zerfoss, the senior heavyweight of the Basalt High wrestling team, went 2-1 in a tri-meet at Eagle Valley Saturday, helping the BHS team to a win over Hayden while securing himself the No. 1 seed at the upcoming Class 3A Western Region Tournament.
BHS senior Cody Hansen, a 152-pounder, won all three of his matches Saturday in Eagle. Junior Matt Aten, at 140 pounds, posted a 2-1 record Saturday and, along with Hansen, notched the Basalt team’s only individual wins against tough opponents from Olathe.
At the tri-meet, the Longhorns beat Hayden 33-23 for their first team victory in awhile. The BHS grapplers lost to Hotchkiss 46-15 and got “hammered” by Olathe 72-10, according to BHS coach Rob Grumley.
“We were still thin with injuries but we were able to beat Hayden,” said Grumley. “It was definitely good for the kids’ confidence.
“I thought Hotchkiss was the team to beat this year, but Olathe, they’re tough. Olathe was just strong throughout all the weights, top to bottom.”
Saturday’s mat action served as Basalt’s final tuneup before the Class 3A Western Region Tournament, slated for Friday and Saturday at Montrose High School. And with the end of the regular season, Basalt grapplers with at least 15 matches to date were seeded for the 10-team regional event.
The top four regional finishers in each of the 14 weight classes will advance to the Class 3A Colorado State Championships, slated for Feb. 19-21 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Zerfoss, the heavyweight in the 275-pound division, drew the only No. 1 regional seed for Basalt with his 21-8 record on the season.
At 19-7, Aten drew the No. 3 seed in the 140 class, while 189-pound senior Garrett Jammaron, 12-3, also drew a No. 3 seed.
At 15-8, the 152-pound Hansen was seeded fourth, a seed shared by 215-pound senior Mike Buster, who is 11-6 on the season.
Injuries have prevented seniors Kaleb Nye (160) and Chris Black (135) from wrestling the requisite 15 matches to draw a seed, but coach Grumley said both wrestlers have the ability to finish in the top-four at regionals.
About Nye, Grumley said, “He’s a talented wrestler and he’s finally healthy. I think he’s got a real legitimate shot to advance.”
The last two seasons, only one Basalt wrestler has advanced to the state tournament, but Grumley said this year should be different.
“We’ve really struggled the last two years,” he said, “but we’ve got a much better team this year. We’ve got a bunch of seniors, we’re peaking at the right time and we’ve got guys getting healthy. They’re practicing well so hopefully they’re all healed up and ready to go.”
The regional tournament begins at 2 p.m. Friday and picks up again at 9 a.m. Saturday.
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