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Grizzlies fare well at state

 

Last updated 3/16/2021 at 1:11pm

Courtesy of Mesa Ridge High School Athletics Department

Matthew Moore (second from right) poses with his state championship plaque after winning first place in the 285-pound category at the State Wrestling Championships.

The Mesa Ridge wrestling team did well in the Class 4A State Wrestling Championships held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo on March 13. In the boys' championships, Matthew Moore (285 pounds) placed, while Frankie Gallegos (113 pounds) placed second and Mickail Skeldum (106 pounds) placed sixth.

Courtesy of Mesa Ridge High School Athletics Department

Bella Cross (third from left) shows off her second place medal with the other winning athletes at the State Wrestling Championships. This year marks the first time that girls' wrestling was on the state championship program, making this victory especially memorable for Cross and the Mesa Ridge Athletic department as a whole.

"The boys just had a great tournament," Mesa Ridge coach Rob Braaten said. "Having two in the finals is tough to do. Matthew was a runner up last year, so being a state champion this year was important to him. Frankie really stepped his game up and wrestled great. Having Mickail get on the podium was exciting."

In the girls' event, Bella Cross (111 pounds) placed second, while Alexsys Jacquez (118 pounds) and Alison Evans (147 pounds) each placed third.

"The girls wrestled so well," Braaten said. "This is the first year that Girls Wrestling is a CHSAA sanctioned sport. Being the Top 10 is a real credit to our girls. Three state placers, especially with all three finishing third or better, was outstanding. Bella dominated her way to the finals and wrestled tough. Both Alexsys and Alison came back to beat a girl they had lost to, to take third. That was very exciting."

Braaten also highlighted what this victory meant for the Mesa Ridge Wrestling program as a whole.

"Having a Top 10 team in both boys and girls is outstanding," he said. "Only two other programs in the state did that. With every qualifier being a freshman or a sophomore, the future of the program is in good hands."

 

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