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Wrestlers solid at state meet

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

Tiger head coach P.J. Keith said he’s never had a team like this one. Each practice, the kids are ready to wrestle, eager to wrestle and can’t wait to get on the mat.

And that desire showed when the Summit Middle School wrestling squad had five athletes finish off their seasons with strong showings at the state meet.

“Everybody wrestled really well with the competition we faced,” Keith said.

The Tigers were led by their heavyweight, Jesus Casillas, who won four matches in the meet.

“He definitely peaked at the right time,” Keith said of Casillas. “He was just clicking on all cylinders.”

Casillas knocked off the second-seeded wrestler in his class in the second round and was one win away from reaching the medal round when he fell victim to a wrestler that out-weighed him by more than 40 pounds, Keith said.

Another Tiger wrestler, Robert Koegle, went 1-2 during the match, which sounds much more impressive when you consider he wrestled with a broken toe.

“He broke it on Wednesday and wasn’t able to push off on it at all,” Keith said. “He just wrestled on heart.”

Nick Witrock (2-2) and Chris Vangsnes (1-2) also won matches for the Tigers, and Gabe Sandoval wrestled as well.

Although the competitive season is over for the Tigers, Keith said his kids are still “chomping at the bit” to get more time on the mats.

“When Nick lost his last match, he asked me right away when freestyle starts,” Keith said.

The Tiger coaches are planning on running “open-mat” freestyle wrestling sessions this spring and summer. Times have yet to be finalized.


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