Tiger grapplers solid in season opener
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Summit County, Colorado
With only 10 wrestlers competing, the Summit High wrestling team had an impressive season debut Saturday at the Panther Invitational at Middle Park High School.
The Tigers earned 13 wins on the day and finished 17th in the tourney, which featured more than 30 teams.
“It was a tough tourney, so I think we did really good,” SHS head coach Mark Wall said.
In the same tournament last year, the Tigers really struggled, Wall said. This year, though, it was a different story.
Junior Trevor Barton led the way for the Tigers, earning fourth place in the 215-pound weight class.
But he wasn’t the Tiger with the best record on the day. Devon Emerson, who transferred to Summit from Pennsylvania this fall, didn’t lose a single match on the day, but a strange rule caused him not to place in his 112-pound weight class.
After winning his first match of the tournament, Emerson was penalized for, of all things, having his hair too long. His hair was just long enough to fall below his ear lobes, which incidentally, is the required length, Wall said.
“It’s a rule that I’ve never seen before,” said Wall, who wrestled his entire life, including at the NCAA Division I level. ” … It’s kind of a joke.”
Unfortunately, the officials took it seriously, and Emerson was forced to forfeit his second match and have one of the mom’s from the SHS team give him an emergency trim.
With the new hairdo, Emerson then won his final three matches on the day. Because of another Colorado high school rule that limits athletes to five matches in a day, Emerson wasn’t allowed to wrestle again.
Another Tiger with a solid performance was senior Nate Roe, who went an impressive 3-2 on the day in his matches. Roe had three pins on the day, and each of his losses were extremely close matches, Wall said.
For the Tigers, Saturday’s tourney was a good sign of things to come, Wall said.
“The guys who beat us were just more experienced and better technically,” the Summit coach said. ” … I wouldn’t have been happy if we’d lost to people that were worse than us, but they were just more experienced. It was good to see what we could do against them, though.”
The Tigers now have a home dual meet on Thursday against Clear Creek at 6 p.m.
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