Regionals unkind to Tiger wrestlers |

Regionals unkind to Tiger wrestlers

CRAIG – An injury and a weight default derailed any hopes the Summit High School wrestling team had of advancing out of Saturday’s Class 4A, Region 3 Tournament and into the state championships.

Zac Conklin could not fulfill his No. 4 seed partly because of a hyperextended elbow that got worse throughout the tournament.

Conklin, Summit’s 135-pounder, wrestled well on Friday, getting two wins and reaching the semifinals. But he tweaked his elbow in his first match Saturday and never recovered. He lost to Delta then took an injury default in the day’s final match, finishing sixth.

The top four in each weight class advance to state.

Jon Wheeler (130) had a heart-breaking end to his high school career when he didn’t make weight on Saturday. He won one and lost one Friday and still had a chance to come through the consolation bracket, but he weighed in six-tenths of a pound over weight.

“He was extremely bummed,” said SHS coach Scott Giles. “But he was OK by the afternoon.”

Wheeler would have faced a wrestler from Cortez – whom he had already beaten this year – in his first match Saturday. “Then it would’ve gotten harder after that, but we’ll never know now,” Giles said.

According to the coach, Wheeler weighed in a pound over weight on Friday night, but it was a pound he should have been able to sleep off.

The rest of the team did not make it out of the early rounds. That includes senior 145-pound captain Aaron Nelson, who lost to the No. 1 seed from Moffat County on Friday and to Broomfield on Saturday morning.

The team stuck around until the end of the tournament Saturday night, when the Tigers’ future stars got a glimpse of what they’ll be up against in the coming years.

-Jason Starr

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