Wrestling – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:01:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Wrestling – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 CHSAA releases modified sports seasons schedule http://www.pagosasun.com/chsaa-releases-modified-sports-seasons-schedule/ Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208328

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Pagosa Springs High School cross-country coach Rachael Christiansen runs with athletes during a summer workout recently. On Tuesday, the Colorado High School Activities Association released a modified sports season schedule for the upcoming school year.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

Sports will look a little different this year for Colorado high school athletes, including those at Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS).

The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) announced its 2020-2021 athletics and activities calendar Tuesday after receiving the go-ahead from the state.

“The health and safety of our student participants, coaches, officials and essential personnel, including volunteers is a primary concern for the return of interscholastic athletics and activities,” said CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green in a Tuesday press release. “We are very grateful for the state, health and educational leaders for their shared commitment of a return to these highly beneficial education programs when it is deemed safe for all school communities.”

CHSAA’s press release notes that the calendar follows “months of collaboration with Gov. Jared Polis, the CHSAA Resocialization Task Force, the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the state’s COVID-19 Response team, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the CHSAA Board of Directors and administrative staff.”

“I am super excited that all of the sports have a season,” said PSHS Athletic Director Marcie Ham. “I think it’s great that they’re all going to have the opportunity to play.”

Instead of three seasons like normal, the upcoming school year will be split into four shortened seasons — seasons A, B, C and D — with some traditional fall sports moved to next spring to increase the likelihood of an uninterrupted season and because they cannot be played under the current guidelines.

“Due to the restrictive nature of the current state guidelines, and the ability to follow Colorado Department of Education requirements, all contact sports have been moved to a season which will commence later in the calendar, and allow for playoffs and culminating events without creating new conflicts,” the press release notes.

“This was a contingency plan,” Blanford-Green said during a Tuesday press conference on the seasons, noting that CHSAA was optimistic it would be able to start on time with the traditional seasons.

Under this year’s four-season system, CHSAANow.com explains, “Each season is approximately seven weeks from start to finish. Sports will have their regular season competition limits reduced. The postseason for each sport will also be shortened, including the number of state qualifiers.”

For PSHS, fall sports, or Season A, will include golf, which began on Aug. 3 and will conclude Oct. 5 and 6, and cross-country, which will begin Aug. 12 and conclude on Oct. 17.

There is then a break until January, with Season B set to include basketball, spirit competition, girls’ swimming and wrestling at PSHS.

Those sports will begin on Jan. 4, 2021, and will run through early March, with basketball and wrestling set to conclude on March 6, 2021.

Season C will include football, boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball at PSHS.

Football is slated to begin Feb. 22, 2021, and boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball are set to begin on March 1, 2021. Those seasons will run through early May.

Season D will begin in late April and will include track and field, baseball and girls’ soccer, with that season set to conclude in late June.

“In anticipation of data from the state which shows a likely resurgence of COVID-19 cases in late fall, there will be a participation moratorium from Oct. 18, 2020 to Jan. 3, 2021,” CHSAANow.com states.

At his Tuesday press conference, Polis also acknowledged there will be outbreaks, teams that won’t be able to play for periods of time and that some athletes won’t participate due to coronavirus concerns, but expressed that he’s “thrilled” student athletes will be able to participate in sports.

Ham noted that the changes in seasons will mean there will be more logistical work when it’s already complicated to coordinate use of the high school’s only gym, and pointed out that some sports may play at different times (Saturday football games are a possibility instead of Friday night, for example) due to the changed seasons.

But, she told The SUN, the school’s coaches are all on board and are excited to know when their seasons are so they can plan.

“We have amazingly positive coaches and they are all on board,” she said, noting that there were no negative comments from the coaches.

Sport-specific details are expected to be released Thursday, Aug. 6 via CHSAANow.org.

Ham noted that PSHS is not sure what its next steps will be, but that Intermountain League representatives are meeting Friday.

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Wrestling http://www.pagosasun.com/wrestling/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200179

SUN photos/Randi Pierce

The 3A all-state wrestling teams have been announced, and multiple Pirate grapplers received honors for their work on the mat this winter.

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Wrestling Intermountain League all-conference first-team honors http://www.pagosasun.com/wrestling-intermountain-league-all-conference-first-team-honors/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 22:39:47 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198684

SUN photo/John Finefrock

Five grapplers from the Pirate wrestling team earned Intermountain League all-conference first-team honors this year. From left to right: Dylan Tressler, Erik Wyman, Cameron Lucero, Brae Bergdolt and Skyler Hill celebrate their accomplishment.

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Tag Team Wrestling Tournament open for middle school athletes http://www.pagosasun.com/tag-team-wrestling-tournament-open-for-middle-school-athletes/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 22:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198622 By Jack Moore
Special to The SUN
The Tag Team Wrestling Tournament, open to Pagosa Springs Middle School wrestlers, will be held Thursday, March 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs Middle School gym.
All proceeds support Charity Water, an organization that brings clean water to millions who are without safe water. One in 10 people in the world do not have clean, safe water.
Following the tournament, “The Passion of Christ” will be shown for free at the Liberty Theatre from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
A parent release form must be signed to wrestle or to watch the movie. Wrestlers, please sign up with Jack Moore at Pagosa Springs Middle School.
Admission is $5, which includes the tournament and theater admission.

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Lucero claims second state title, Pirates take fourth http://www.pagosasun.com/lucero-claims-second-state-title-pirates-take-fourth/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198263

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Erik Wyman lifts his opponent during last week’s state action. Wyman took third at the event and was 45-6 this season.

By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
Cameron Lucero, Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS) junior, has claimed his second straight state wrestling title.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

Photo courtesy Allison Wylie
Dylan Tressler demonstrates his full competitive spirit at the state wrestling tournament. Tressler took third at the tournament and went 36-4 this season.

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Pirate Brae Bergdolt jockeys for position during the state tournament in Denver last week. Bergdolt took third at the tournament and went 45-3 this season.

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Skyler Hill, full of concentration, angles for best positioning during a match at the state last week. Hill placed sixth at the event and went 36-10 this season.

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Cameron Lucero spars during a match at the state wrestling tournament, where he earned his second straight state championship. Lucero went 36-1 this season.

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Wrestling Championship http://www.pagosasun.com/wrestling-championship/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 11:54:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198107

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Cameron Lucero smiles big after winning his second straight 3A state wrestling title. Lucero won in the 152-pound weight class on Saturday and took the title in the 145-pound weight class last year. Lucero was 36-1 this season.

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Nine Pirate wrestlers qualify for state tournament http://www.pagosasun.com/nine-pirate-wrestlers-qualify-for-state-tournament/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:00:05 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197848

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Pirate Wil Aucoin overtakes his opponent during the regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 13. Aucoin finished third at the tournament and is competing at the state tournament beginning today.

By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
Nine Pagosa Springs High School wrestlers qualified for state by placing in the top four at the regional tournament on Feb. 21 and 22.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Dylan Tressler raises his arm in glory after a victory at the regional wrestling tournament last weekend. Tressler took first at the tournament by pinning his opponent in the first-place round in less than a minute.

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On to State! http://www.pagosasun.com/on-to-state-9/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:54:04 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197667

SUN photo/John Finefrock

Nine Pagosa Springs High School wrestlers set out for Denver Wednesday morning for the state wrestling tournament, which begins today and runs through Saturday. Pictured are, top row: Will Aucoin, Skyler Hill, Erik Wyman, Dylan Tressler and Brae Bergdolt. Bottom row: Cameron Lucero, E.J. Monterroso, Dustin Clark and Trevor Torrez.

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Pirate wrestling beats Cortez, Centauri in pair of victories http://www.pagosasun.com/pirate-wrestling-beats-cortez-centauri-in-pair-of-victories/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197406

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Senior Dustin Clark wrestles during his final home match in the Pagosa Springs High School gym on Feb. 8. Clark beat Centauri’s Byron Shawcroft by major decision 13-4.

By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate wrestlers added two more victories to their season last week.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Pirate E.J. Monterroso spars during a match against Centauri’s Ivan Lopez on Feb. 8. Monterroso pinned Lopez in 1 minute, 14 seconds.

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Pirate wrestling beats Alamosa for second time ever http://www.pagosasun.com/pirate-wrestling-beats-alamosa-for-second-time-ever/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 22:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196916

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Brae Bergdolt makes a move on an opponent during the Pirates’ match against Durango High School on Friday. Bergdolt pinned his opponent in 1 minute, 24 seconds.

By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
On Jan. 30, the Pagosa Springs High School Pirate wrestling team beat the Alamosa Mean Moose 42-36 for just the second time in Pirate history.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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