Three meets before the Holiday brek and one this past Friday kept the Fowler wrestlers busy heading into the meat of the winter season. Some valuable experience was provided that will be needed as the season progresses.

“As a team we are on the steep part of the learning curve right now…a lot of guys on varsity with very little mat time,” commented Grizzlies Coach Grady Grissom. “My expectations for later in the season are that we keep improving and that we wrestle hard from whistle to whistle. If we do that the rest will take care of itself.”

La Junta Duel - Dec. 17

The La Junta Tigers and the Fowlers Grizzlies went at it Tuesday Dec.17 on the Grizzlies home mats. The Tigers came out on top at the end 42-18. Boyd Rogers at 145, Robert Roe at 152, Evan Bottini 160 and Orin Carnes 170 each won their weights on the day.

Results for all matches: 145lbs. - Boyd Rogers (Fowler) over Tristan Shoemaker (La Junta) (Fall 0:32); 152lbs.- Robert Roe (Fowler) over (La Junta) (Forfeit) 160lbs. - Evan Bottini (Fowler) over Jorge Venzor (La Junta) (Dec 7-1); 170 lbs. - Orin Carnes (Fowler) over Antonio Moreno (La Junta) (Dec 11-4); 195lbs. Wyatt Hoeppner (La Junta) over Gavin Unrein (Fowler) (Fall 0:37); 220lbs. - Mitchell Peabody (La Junta) over JJ Horn (Fowler) (Fall 3:48) 285lbs.- Alexavier Vigil (La Junta) over Jasper Smith (Fowler) (Fall 0:50).

Yuma Duel - Dec. 20

Friday Dec. 20 saw the Grizzlies go head to head against a very solid Yuma team in a dual meet. With nine Fowler team members making the meet Yuma took four weight categories by forfeit. Orin Carnes won his 170-pound match in a fall and JJ Horn did the same at 220-pounds in the dual. Final team score Yuma 60 Fowler 9.

Match results: 113 lbs. - John Smith (Yuma) over Fernando Salazar (Fowler) (Dec 2-0); 126lbs. - Alec Holtorf (Yuma) over Cutler Hampton (Fowler) (Fall 3:10); 145lbs. - Jesus Sanchez (Yuma) over Boyd Rogers (Fowler) (Fall 1:20); 152lbs. - Joey Ross (Yuma) over Robert Roe (Fowler) (Fall 5:02); 160lbs.- Yahir Trejo (Yuma) over Evan Bottini (Fowler) (SV-1 7-5); 170lbs. - Orin Carnes (Fowler) over John Turvey (Yuma) (Fall 0:40); 195lbs. - Cayden Lynch (Yuma) over Gavin Unrein (Fowler) (Fall 5:00); 220lbs.- JJ Horn (Fowler) over Jose Ruiz (Yuma) (Dec 8-4) 285lbs. - Lars Sims (Yuma) over Jasper Smith (Fowler).

57th Annual Bob Smith Invitational - Dec. 21

Saturday the Fowler team made the trip to the northeast corner of Colorado for the 57th Annual Bob Smith Invitational. Nine Fowler wrestlers made themselves a factor in the team standings with a fifth-place finish garnering 79 team-points in the process. Fowler individual results with placing and team points provided: 113 lbs. - Fernando Salazar (4-3) place is unknown and scored 6.0 team points; 126 lbs. - Cutler Hampton (8-6) place is unknown and scored 8.0 team points; 145 lbs. - Boyd Rogers (9-4) placed 3rd and scored 14.0 team points, 3rd Place Match - Boyd Rogers (Fowler) 9-4 won by decision over Bryan Bagby (Sedgwick County/Fleming) 8-7 (Dec 5-0); 152 lbs.- Robert Roe (10-5) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points; 170 lbs.- Orin Carnes (7-2) placed 2nd and scored 15.0 team points, 1st Place Match - Luis Chafino (Holyoke) 7-0 won by fall over Orin Carnes (Fowler) 7-2 (Fall 4:00); 195 lbs.- Gavin Unrein (5-9) placed 4th and scored 4.0 team points; 220 lbs.- JJ Horn (10-1) placed 1st and scored 25.0 team points, 1st Place Match - JJ Horn (Fowler) 10-1 won by fall over Dillon Harshman (Wiggins) 6-2 (Fall 5:15); 285 lbs.-Jasper Smith (5-6) place is unknown and scored 3.0 team points.

40th Annual Bennett Tiger Invitational – Jan. 4

Fowler Wrestlers restarted their quest to the State Tournament after the winter break with a visit to the 40th Annual Bennett Tiger Invitational this past Saturday.

Twenty-three teams participated with 5/A Chapparal taking the team honors with 203 points. The Fowler Grizzlies came in placing ninth with 84.5 points. JJ Horncontinued hisdominance taking his record to 15-1. 113 - Fernando Salazar (7-6) placed 4th and scored 18.0 team points, 3rd Place Match - Jeremiah Martinez (LaJunta) 11-4 won by decision over Fernando Salazar (Fowler) 7-6 (Dec 7-2); 126 - Cutler Hampton (10-9) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points; 145 - Boyd Rogers (14-6) placed 5th and scored 18.5 team points, 5th Place Match - Boyd Rogers (Fowler) 14-6 won by decision over Zane Acton (Chapparal) 18-10 (Dec 8-6); 160 - Evan Bottini (7-8) placed 5th and scored 14.0 team points, 5th Place Match - Evan Bottini (Fowler) 7-8 won by fall over Zachary Armour (Stratton) 3-5 (Fall 0:24); 195 - Gavin Unrein (6-13) placed 6th and scored 6.0 team points, 5th Place Match - Zak Cobb (Peyton) 11-5 won by fall over Gavin Unrein (Fowler) 6-13 (Fall 0:24); 220 - JJ Horn (15-1) placed 1st and scored 24.0 team points,1st Place Match - JJ Horn (Fowler) won by decision over Alexavier Vigil (La Junta) 11-3 (Dec 6-4).