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Gilpin wrestlers conquer at Kiowa tournament

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High School Grappling Action

By Sarah Trujillo

After weeks of hard work and dedication, the Gilpin County High School wrestling team left Kiowa High School with one of the most successful meets known to Gilpin County. The wrestlers taking on competition at the tournament were Josh Trujillo, Mike Wenholz, Manny Gomez, Triston Dipasquale, and Will Innis. Each varied in weight allowing them to conquer at all levels of competition, Trujillo at 152 pounds, Wenholz at 126 pounds, Gomez at 170 pounds, and Dipasquale, as well as Innis, at 120 pounds.

Trujillo led the night, being undefeated and taking first in his weight class. He finished off the night with two pins and a major that he fought until the end to win 6-4. Then, both Gomez and Dipasquale placed second in their weight classes, Gomez with two pins and Dipasquale with a major. This meet was especially special for Wenholz as it was his first one back since he broke his femur while playing football earlier in the school year. For his first meet back, he was extremely successful, finishing fourth with three pins and one tech fall. He could have possibly even placed higher, but due to CHASA rules, he got the chance to re-wrestle a kid who beat him in his first match and took it to him this time, beating him 15-0.

After a successful tournament, the team placed third out of eighteen teams; this was a huge achievement for the wrestlers. As a whole, the Kiowa meet was one to put in the books for the high school wrestling team. We encourage you to come and support them for their next home meet on Saturday, January 27th.

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