It was a busy Saturday in Eads for the high school wrestling team as they prepared
the gym for their annual wrestling tournament. The Eagles had a great day finishing
in first place out of 7 teams that attended with a total of 104.5 points. The individual
results are as follows:
The 145-pound weight class was split into two brackets with Seth Splitter the top
seed in the B bracket. He was able to pin Oliver Aaron from Swink in 1:09; pin Bryan
Perez from Lamar unattached in 2:40; and had a technical fall over Andres Guevara
from Lamar, 15-0. With Splitter getting the 1st place finish in his bracket he advanced
to wrestle the 1st place man in the A bracket. James Steerman from McClave was his
next opponent and year-long rival, with Splitter getting the pin over Steerman a couple
weeks earlier. This match, although exciting and going into overtime, eventually went
to Steerman who got the 5-3 decision. Splitter finished the tournament as runner-up.
At 152-pounds this week it was Trevor Randel wrestling his way to the top of
the awards stand getting three impressive pins over Taz Ramsay from Lamar in 2:49;
Derick Carroll from Manzanola in 2:57; and Marco Marquez from McClave in 3:12.
Randel was awarded the championship medal and bracket for this weight.
Reagan Lane moved up a weight this week going into the 160-pound weight class
but that didn’t slow him down as he had a pin over Ryan Saine from Manzanola in
1:03 and a pin over Addison Morales from Lamar in 3:58. This has been the third
tournament in the last 3 weeks that Lane has pinned all his opponents. Lane received
the gold medal and bracket for his day’s work and was also awarded the tournament’s
most “Outstanding Wrestler.”
The 170-pound bracket had Trent Rittgers going up against his teammate Rhett
Uhland for the first match and falling short in 3:59. His next match it was Dawson
Roesch from McClave who got the pin in 1:55. Rittgers has been wrestling pretty
strong his last few weeks as a rookie wrestler and finished the tournament with a third
Also at 170-pounds, Rhett Uhland pinned Trent Rittgers in 3:59 and worked the
whole six minutes against Dawson Roesch from McClave ending with a 12-1 decision
win. That win saw Uhland standing on top of the awards stand to receive his first place
medal and bracket.
Trent Mitchek was in a best-two-out-of-three bracket against Teo Dorado from
McClave. Mitchek got the best of him in 4:17 during the first match, and only gave him
0:56 seconds of mat time in the second match before finishing with a pin. Mitchek was
also an Eads Tournament Champion in the 182 pound weight class.
Chance Fowler was welcomed back onto the mat for his first tournament since
December in the 195-pound division. He had two pretty strong matches giving up a
little weight against Brandon Cardenas from Manzanola and Sam Cox from McClave.
Fowler didn’t let that issue work against him though getting a 3:40 pin over his
Manzanola opponent and a nice 12-5 decision over the Cardinal. Fowler was the
195-pound tournament champion.
Eads is coming down to the final week of the regular season and will be wrestling
in Ordway at the Crowley County Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 6, and will then be
seeded for the regional tournament on that Sunday. Coach Dustin Uhland and his
Eagle grapplers are making progress toward complete focus on the state-qualifying 2A
Regional Wrestling Tournament coming up on Feb. 12, 13 Events Center in Pueblo.
Photo by Monica Uhland