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January 15, 2013
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Summit High School Roundup: Four on the way to state wrestling tournament?

At a tough invitational in Evergreen, four Summit High wrestlers placed in the top five in their respective weight classes.

Tyler Blackford wrestled at 160 pounds and placed third after winning four out of five matches, losing only to an opponent ranked No. 2 in the state from a 5A school.

Nick Wittrock, wrestling at 120 pounds, placed fourth in his weight class. Head coach Pete Baker said Wittrock has the potential to finish third, but wasn't permitted to wrestle a sixth match due to Colorado High School Activities Association rules not allowing a wrestler to have more than five matches in a day.

At 113 pounds, Brayan Daniel placed fifth in his weight class after a double overtime match. Carlos Lopez also placed fifth in his 106-pound class.

The team finished 11th out of 18 teams and tallied 12 pins, an impressive finish for the boys.

Baker said he's impressed with the team so far, adding that he's confident these four will compete at the state tourney this year.

"Overall, the team looked really good at the Evergreen tournament," Baker said, adding that the upcoming tourney at Alameda High School on Saturday has an unknown factor to it, but he expects similarly tough competition. Still, he's hopeful for even stronger finishes as the season progresses.

"Tyler is peaking. He is coming into his season how he should this time of year," Baker said. "Nick's been real steady and real good all season, only losing to some really tough guys. Tyler is peaking and elevating to that next level."

Editor's note: In a Jan. 10 story titled "Summit High Tigers tally two wins for 2013," head coach Pete Baker was incorrectly called Pete Campbell.

Shutting out Bishop Machebeuf, Summit High hockey skated to its third win of the season on Saturday.

The Tigers put up 32 shots on goal to Machebeuf's 18, with Jack Nevicosi scoring two goals off assists from senior captain Sean Farley. George Kamins scored his first goal of his high school career with an assist from Nevicosi, and senior Peter Grotemeyer sealed the deal with a goal in the third period with help from Blake Horan.

"I felt we had a style and system in place," head coach Chris Ruhly said. "For the first time this year, I felt that everyone did what we asked of them. Everyone had a specific job and a specific role for (Saturday's) game. Everyone came ready to play with the understanding of getting back on track after a disappointing game a week ago. It was non-conference, but, a win's a win."

The team is now 3-6 on the season, and enters conference play tonight and Friday. Tonight's game against Monarch is at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena at 6:45.

In Friday's bitter cold dual slalom nighttime race at Keystone Resort, the Summit High alpine team qualified six girls and six boys for the state slalom competition.

"It was cold, but the kids really enjoyed it. They enjoyed the format," coach Karl Barth said, explaining that each racer went head-to-head with an opponent on the course, which pushes them to go faster. For some, it pushed them too hard - hard enough to make mistakes - but Barth hopes that will correct itself in Thursday's slalom race at Beaver Creek.

"Hopefully, we'll get the kids who just missed qualifying to qualify," Barth said, adding, "It's a steeper more technical course."

One skier the head-to-head format particularly benefitted was Jessie May.

"She's a good skier, but she tends to hang back a little bit. Having someone to ski against really pushed her. She qualified for state and hasn't done a slalom before," Barth said.

Summit's Anne Parker won the race by .48 seconds with a time of 45.79, beating the defending state champion in both runs.

Ellie Brown-Wolf was third, Katy Harris finished fourth, Nicole Wagner finished 10th, May was 15th, and Meagan Collins was 17th to round out the qualifiers and to comprise the winning girls team.

Summit beat Battle Mountain School, which came in second, as well as Middle Park, Platte Canyon, Lake County, Clear Creek and Vail Mountain School, in that order.

On the boys' side, Daniel McFadden took first place by nearly a second with a time of 43.38. He, too, won both runs.

Ohter state qualifiers included Patrick Gruber, who finished third, Robert Powell in fourth, Lucas Michieli in eighth, Ryan Wignall was 11th, Brian Coleman was 17th and Jack Farrell finished in 19th.

Again, Summit topped the competition, with Battle Mountain, Vail Mountain School, Lake County, Platte Canyon, Clear Creek and Middle Park following.


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The Summit Daily Updated Jan 15, 2013 09:37PM Published Jan 15, 2013 09:29PM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.