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CATA Wrestlers Win Redhawk Invitational Tournament
Central Academyâ€™s wrestling team beat up on the bigger schools over the Thanksgiving weekend, winning the 14 team Redhawk Invitational Tournament in decisive fashion.
The 1A Cougars won the tournament with a score of 238 points, well ahead of second place Porter Ridge, a 4A school that finished with 200 points after leading the Cougars by one point after Fridayâ€™s matches. It was the Cougars, though, that controlled day two, with wrestlers winning championships at the three heaviest weight classes.
â€œI was a little unsure if we were prepared for a two-day tournament,â€ said Cougars coach Mike Jacobus. â€œI was definitely happy with the first day, being in contention. The second day I knew we had a couple of tough matches in the semis, Daniel Gregorich and Kyle Rollins had tough matches. After that the upper weights really rallied and had a couple of big pins, and that ultimately made the difference.â€
Those three wins were worth 20 points for the Cougars, including pins from 189 Jason Gulotta and 215 Quinton Plyler. Defending 1A state champion Will Robinson had to work for a 4 - 3 victory over Porter Ridgeâ€™s Patrick Phillips. Gullota scored the most points for the Cougars with 28 by winning all three of his matches by pin.
1st Place Finishers: Jason Gulotta, Quinton Plyler, Will Robinson
2nd Place Finisher: Jairo Velazquez
3rd Place Finishers: Jamie Lemon, Alex Ortiz
4th Place Finishers: Daniel Gregorich, Kyle Rollins, Luke Johnson, Jason Helms
Written by: Del Bradshaw
Posted: Dec 02, 2010 by Ms. Deb Christensen