The Garden City High School wrestling team enjoyed a successful second venture in as many weeks into Colorado, finishing the Ridge Rage Tournament at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, with a 4-1 dual meet record.
Meanwhile, several other members of the Buffs competed in the Ulysses Invitational.
In Colorado, the Buffs captured wins over Florence, Colo. (54-18), Montrose, Colo. (58-18), Palmer Ridge, Colo. (81-0) and The Classical Academy (45-27). The lone setback came against Legacy, Colo. (42-34).
“I think it was a good weekend for us,” said GCHS head coach Carlos Prieto. “We had a couple of good finishes in Ulysses, and in talking to my assistants who went to Colorado, they said the kids were making progress and doing a lot of the things that we have been practicing with them on.”
In Colorado, Jacob Holt (126), Trey Medina (145), and Isaiah Urias (152) all went 5-0 while Steven Sellers (106), Silas Pineda (113), Sion Audrain (132), Alex Rodriguez (170), Julian Facio (220) and Refugio Chairez (285) posted 4-1 marks.
At the Ulysses Invitational, Diago Hernandez claimed a gold medal at 113 pounds when he earned a 17-5 major decision over Andrew Balderraz of Hereford, Texas. Senior Curtis Near made his season debut a successful one, when he won a 9-2 decision over Bradan Slemp of Hugoton at 152 pounds.
Josh Janas placed second in Ulysses, losing in the finals to Scott City’s Justice McDaniel at 126 pounds by a technical fall.
“I think the Colorado group got off to a sluggish start in the first match, but then picked things up quite a bit after that,” Prieto said. “Still early in the season, so we’ve got a lot to work on.”
The Buffs will have this week to prepare for their trip to Kansas City for the Friday-Saturday Kansas City Stampede, generally regarded as the toughest meet they in which they will compete all season.