The Grizzly team celebrates a first place finish at Limon.
The Fowler Grizzlies kept their season record clean as they took the championship again in their second outing. This time Fowler traveled to the grueling Limon Badger Invite to battle with some of the powers of the north.
The team found themselves down by six and a half points heading into the finals versus the Strasburg Indians and rose up to the challenge and placed first with a three point edge over the Indians: Fowler 212.5 and Strasburg 209 and Crowley County third 109, Peyton 90, Fleming 85, Wiggins 76. Taking the Badger Invite was a feat that had not been accomplished by Fowler in many a year!
Fowler sent six wrestlers into the championship round. With key Grizzly wins and fortunate Strassburg losses helped the Griz to come from behind and claim the winners trophy. After many tense moments, four from Fowler were crowned champs and two placed second.
Championship round wrestlers were: First (4 -0) Brandon Grasmick, 103, second (2 - 1):?Jake Milberger, 130; first (4 -0):?Jeremy Burke, 135; first (4 - 0) Donnie White, 160, second (3 - 1) Luke Gonzales, 171; first (4 - 0)Adam Montoya, 189.
In third place were Rhett Hinkle, 103, (2-2), Devon Torgerson, 112, (3-1), Zach Duval, 125, (3-1) and in fourth, Luke Holmquist, 152. Holmquist had to forfeit third place because there were too many matches (4-1).
Wrestling, but not placing were Michael Tomlin, 119, 2-2; Nico Berger, 119, 2-2; Miles Iovanella, 135, 0-2; Andrew Tomlin, 140, 2-2; Tate Hershey, 140, 2-2; Kenny Hill, 145, 2-2; Chance Chambers, 171, 1-2; Larry Hamilton 0-2.
The Griz had a state placer, 160-pound senior Donnie White, who snared a first place victory. Senior Andrew Tomlin also returned for action but did not place. Dylan Parker and Ethan Wright are still out with injuries and sickness. Dakota Parker did not wrestle because of health issues. Nathan Acosta was back but didn’t make weight. The team will travel north and east to wrestle in the Wray Eagles Invitational this Saturday.
This tournament will take the Grizzlies into Christmas break, which is a time for the wrestlers to recuperate. They were urged, however, to stay on weight and not celebrate too heartily on Christmas treats and dinners.