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Roster and records have been updated!


See the itinerary for the upcoming SCREAMING EAGLE invitational tournament in Paonia, CO below. Looking forward to another weekend of excellent wrestling.

Paonia Tourney - Itinerary.docx



Prep Roundup: 2 from Bayfield, 1 from Ignacio crowned wrestling champs in Pagosa

Bayfield, Durango girls hit basketball court
By John Livingston Herald Sports Editor | Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 10:41 PM

Wrestling was back in full swing with nearly every team from the Four Corners region traveling to Pagosa Springs for the Rocky Mountain Wrestling meet.

Centauri came away with the team victory with 181.5 points to finish ahead of Aztec, which scored 168.5 points one night after beating Bayfield 53-20 in a dual-meet in Bayfield.

The Bayfield Wolverines were the top team from La Plata County on Saturday. The Wolverines finished seventh with 122 points. Durango took 10th with 83 points, and Ignacio was 11th with 67.

BHS had two individual champions, as heavyweight Sam Westbrook earned four wins via fall to score 30 team points. The 285-pound senior from Bayfield beat Monticello’s Parker Knudsen only 1:30 into the first period. The semifinal was tougher, as he needed three periods to pin JyDen Dodge of Kirtland Central.

Macoy Michaeli also took first at 170 pounds. The BHS senior earned a pin win only 55 seconds into the first period against Centauri’s Weston Huffaker in the first-place match. He earned a narrow 3-2 decision in the semifinals against Colton Castro of Pagosa Springs.

Ignacio’s Ethan Appenzeller was the other first-place finisher from La Plata County. He went 4-0 at 145 pounds to improve to 17-0 overall this year. He defeated Centauri’s Brandon Buhr in a 4-3 decision in the championship match. It was his second win against a Centauri wrestler on the day.

BHS also had a pair of second-place finishes with Garrett Beebe at 126 pounds and Jake Sandrey at 132 pounds. Beebe lost a 9-1 major decision in the championship match to Cody Candelaria of Aztec. He defeated Durango’s Tristan Martinez in a 3-2 minor decision in the semifinal. Sandrey fell to Levi Whitley of Bloomfield in the second period of his championship match. He defeated Tyler Vigil of Monte Vista via a 4-1 minor decision in the semifinal.

At 182 pounds, Daniel Westbrook was fifth for BHS after winning the fifth-place match in a 6-3 decision over Justin Cecil of Monticello.

Colby Baker placed sixth for BHS at 106 pounds after falling in an 8-2 decision to Paul Smogacz of Durango in the fifth-place match. He defeated Seth Martinez of Bloomfield in the consolation semifinals with a first-period pin.

Cody Speece rounded out the BHS placers Saturday with a seventh-place finish. In the seventh-place match, he defeated Cobie Black of Del Norte in a 14-7 decision.

Devon Pound led Durango with a second-place finish at 113 pounds. He fell in the championship match via tech fall to Aztec’s Josiah Griego. He won his semifinal with a third-period pin against Christoper Valencia of Taos.

After falling to Bayfield’s Beebe, Martinez went on to finish fourth for DHS. He lost the third-place match in a thrilling sudden-victory period against Moises Juarez of Monte Vista.

Smogacz finished fifth for DHS with the win against Baker. He won three consecutive matches after falling in the quarterfinal in a narrow 6-4 decision to C.D. Simkins of Aztec.

Cameron Jacobs was also fifth for Durango at 132 pounds, as he beat Aztec’s Bode Wooley in an 8-1 decision in the fifth-place match. After losing a 7-2 decision to Sandrey of Bayfield to open the tournament, he won four matches in a row in impressive fashion.

Joseph Gillen added another fifth-place finish for DHS at 220 pounds, as he won in sudden victory against Del Norte’s Camryn Baumgardner in the fifth-place match.

Austin Counts finished eighth for DHS at 152 pounds. He finished 2-3 overall on Saturday.

Behind Appenzeller for Ignacio was a second-place finish for Lorenzo Peña at 160 pounds. After three pin wins, he was pinned at the buzzer of the second period by Bloomfield standout Avery Scott.

Seventh-place matches were full of Bobcats. Hunter Robbins (113) and Dustin Sanchez (138) won theirs, as Robbins pinned Pagosa Springs’ Nathan Smith in the third period, and Sanchez earned an 8-5 decision against Aztec’s Logan Klepac.

Randy Herrera (285) and Cesar Pedregon (170) lost their seventh-place matches via fall. Both wrestlers went 2-3 overall.


Check out the articles below from the Durango Herald regarding 

the results of the first two competitions for the Bobcat Grapplers! 


Some excellent wrestling, good finishes, and lots of potential for the future!


Be sure to check out updated records, and we hope to see you out this coming Thursday in Dolores for our dual, and this coming Saturday at Piedra Vista high school in Farmington for the annual Panther Classic dual tournament! Should be some excellent wrestling and a great chance to watch our boys in action against tough competition. See you all there!!!!


Prep Roundup: Wrestling headlines full day of action

By Herald Staff Report | Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 9:51 PM

Podium places were filled with Bayfield and Ignacio wrestlers at the Dawg Fight in Dove Creek.

The meet was won by Farmington High School (161), but Bayfield wrestled to a tough second place with 108 team points. Del Norte was third with 79½ points, and Ignacio claimed fourth with 77 points.

The day was highlighted by a fantastic championship match at 145 pounds between Bayfield’s Ryan Nava and Traedan Allen of Farmington. Nava is the top 145 in Class 3A in Colorado, while Allen is considered the top 145 in New Mexico.

With the match tied, Allen scored an escape point late in the third period to take a 4-3 lead. But, despite an aching back, Nava claimed two points with a takedown with only 3 seconds remaining in the match to secure a 5-4 decision win and improve to 12-0 overall this season.

“What a tough match,” BHS head coach Cole Baughman said. “He’s battling a nerve problem in his back from football season, but he pulled it out. We got that takedown on the edge of the mat, and Ryan kept his toes in bounds.

“He’s pretty clutch and knows how to get that W. Such a tough wrestler.”

Bayfield’s Jake Sandrey also took first place at 138 pounds to improve to 5-0. A first period pin of Farmington’s Jake Linnens secured the win.

Garrett Beebe ended up second at 138 for Bayfield, with his only loss coming to Sandrey. Those two have wrestled each other in consecutive weeks, but both will move down weight classes in the coming weeks.

At 170 pounds, Bayfield’s Macoy Machaeli took first with a 5-0 day. He earned four pins and one major decision.

“We’re trying to push his shape, and he’s working so hard in the room,” Baughman said of Machaeli. “It’s his senior year, and we know he’s gonna be a force at regionals this year.”

Daniel Westbrook took second at 182 pounds for BHS after a 3-1 day. Colby Baker placed fourth at 106 pounds, and John Foutz was fourth at 170. Cody Speece was third at 120 pounds after going 4-1. Chris Kane (152) and Lane Grimwood (160) placed fifth in their respective weights. Nate Howell (145) and Shane Moore (152) also placed eighth.

Sam Westbrook missed the meet at heavyweight while taking the ACT test.

“We wrestled very well as a team,” Baughman said. “I know Speece is right there and will be battling for the top of the podium in the next couple of weeks. He’s such a good team leader. I think we’ll see Baker up there as well.”

Ignacio had the upper weights outstanding wrestler in Lorenzo Peña (9-0) at 160 pounds. He went 5-0 with five pins, including a first period victory against Del Norte’s Tyler Martinez in the title match.

“He faced some decent competition,” IHS head coach Jordan Larsen said. “That Del Norte kid is stealthy, but it was a dominating performance for Lorenzo.”

Ignacio’s Ethan Appenzeller (7-0) was first at 152 pounds with four pins, including a second period win against Francisco Alvarez of Farmington for the championship.

Stocker Robbins (8-2) also took first at 132 pounds with three pins, a major decision and a close 13-12 win against Del Norte’s Brett Benavides in the championship match.

“It was a great weekend for Stocker,” Larsen said. “This weekend really helped him and Ethan gain an understanding of where they’re at, and it’s a big positive to stand n top of the podium.”

Timmy Plehinger took fourth at 152 pounds with a 3-2 day, and Dustin Sanchez placed fifth at 145 pounds after going 3-1.

“We took some lumps, but it was a great turnaround from a week ago,” Larsen said. “I like the close fights early in the season, and it will prepare us for the close battles at the end of the season.”


Durango, Ignacio wrestlers start season strong

Demons successful in Flagstaff, Ignacio stars shineLocal wrestling teams opened the tournament season over the weekend, and had some early success in the process.

Durango High School’s team overcame a number of forfeits to go 3-4 at the Flagstaff Tournament. Tristan Martinez led the way for the Demons with a second-place finish in the 132-pound weight class. Martinez lost to a defending Arizona state champion in the finals and was 7-2 overall on the weekend.

Also finishing at 7-2 was junior 182-pounder Caleb McMunn, while Jordan Belt placed fifth at 145.

DHS senior Cameron Jacobs took fourth-place at 138 and Zane Gillen was sixth in the heavyweight division.

“Overall, it was a really good start for us,” Durango head coach Leo Garand said in a phone interview with The Durango Herald. “Last year we had one wrestler place in this tournament, and this year we had five, so we’re definitely heading in the right direction.”

Durango will be back on the mats Tuesday at DHS against Bloomfield, and it’ll be a special night for Demons past and present. The DHS wrestling alumni night will take place, and it was a hit last year as seven generations of Durango wrestlers showed up to support the Demons.

“I’m big on building off the storied past we have here at Durango High School,” Garand said. “This used to be a prominent program, and we’re trying to get back to that level of wrestling. I’d say, after watching them over the weekend, that we’re on the right track.”

Ignacio’s wrestlers were at the Mesa Duals with many contenders they’ll see throughout the season.

IHS veterans Ethan Appenzeller and Lorenzo Pena were undefeated for the shorthanded squad. There were some positive performances from a couple of underclassmen who got their first ever wins on the wrestling mat.

Freshmen Cesar Pedregon and Cesar Thompson had their arms raised as victors and head coach Jordan Larson was impressed.

“It’s always good to see guys get their first wins because it not easy to do,” Larson said.

“I think we did alright overall for this early in the season. We saw Palisade, Paonia, Cortez and a few other teams that’ll be there down the road. It was good just to see where we stack up.”


Check out the article below from December 1st by Mr. Joel Priest. Thank you for your words and positivity!


State standouts set to anchor IHS wrestling

Bobcats begin season Saturday in Grand Junction

By Joel Priest

Times sports correspondent

Article Last Updated: Thursday, December 01, 2016 4:19pm

Ignacio's Dalton Mickey (top) refuses to let his Durango opponent escape during action inside IHS Gymnasium last winter. Now a senior, Mickey will be part of a mostly-veteran squad hitting the mats for the Bobcats in the 2016-17 season.Enlargephoto

Times file photo by Joel Priest

Ignacio's Dalton Mickey (top) refuses to let his Durango opponent escape during action inside IHS Gymnasium last winter. Now a senior, Mickey will be part of a mostly-veteran squad hitting the mats for the Bobcats in the 2016-17 season.

Having watched three members of his team qualify for, then make it to the podium at last season's Class 2A State Wrestling Championships inside Denver's Pepsi Center, Ignacio head coach Jordan Larsen really couldn't have been much prouder.

Ignacio's Lorenzo Peña gestures towards fans after an early-round victory at last season's Class 2A state championships inside Denver's Pepsi Center. Peña, third place at 160 pounds then, is back in the Bobcats' fold again for his senior season.Enlargephoto

Times file photo by Joel Priest

Ignacio's Lorenzo Peña gestures towards fans after an early-round victory at last season's Class 2A state championships inside Denver's Pepsi Center. Peña, third place at 160 pounds then, is back in the Bobcats' fold again for his senior season.

Standing amongst Class 2A's best of the best during the Parade of Champions, preceding final-match action at last season's state championships inside Denver's Pepsi Center, Ignacio's Ethan Appenzeller-who placed second at 138 pounds-is back for his senior season.Enlargephoto

Times file photo by Joel Priest

Standing amongst Class 2A's best of the best during the Parade of Champions, preceding final-match action at last season's state championships inside Denver's Pepsi Center, Ignacio's Ethan Appenzeller-who placed second at 138 pounds-is back for his senior season.

Back for a second season as Ignacio's head wrestling coach, Jordan Larsen (seen at last winter's Bayfield-at-Ignacio dual) is eager to see how his mostly-veteran team performs in 2016-17.Enlargephoto

Times file photo by Joel Priest

Back for a second season as Ignacio's head wrestling coach, Jordan Larsen (seen at last winter's Bayfield-at-Ignacio dual) is eager to see how his mostly-veteran team performs in 2016-17.

He's just as hyped for the 2016-17 campaign to officially get underway. Even though graduation claimed Tyler Beebe (fifth place at 132 pounds) in 2016, now-seniors Ethan Appenzeller (second at 138) and Lorenzo Pena (third at 160) are back to make one last run for the Mile High City.

"I'm always hesitant to say too much at the beginning of the season, but we are looking forward to it," the second-year boss said Monday night. "If things go well, then hopefully we can see a performance that we haven't seen in a while from Ignacio."

Last year's trio scored 56 team points for a strong 11th-place finish at state to close out '15-16. Larsen and his staff can't help but think of the potential from a group which also includes seniors Timmy Plehinger-Williams and Dalton Mickey in the lower weights.

And of course senior Stocker Robbins, a two-time state placer who showed during football season that last season's damaged knee is just fine, thank you.

"All I can really say is that me and Cody (assistant coach Haga) and the other assistant coach we have this year, Dennis deKay, we're all pretty excited about having them in there," said Larsen. "We have a veteran team, got a lot of leaders in the room, definitely a lot of good experience and good leadership."

And in gearing up for tomorrow's season-opening action at the Colorado Mesa University Duals up in Grand Junction, Larsen noted that just as his roster hasn't really changed, neither has the work.

"I guess the main focus that we've had so far is just the basics. I mean, I believe in the basics and I know the other two coaches on staff believe in the basics, and so we're getting the same moves in practice that we worked last year," he said, "and hoping to master those a little more."

"So it's just back to the grindstone and getting them back into wrestling shape."

"We have that crew of seniors and then, the other half of the team is young guys, so we've kind of been pitting the experienced guys against the young guys in drilling," he continued, "so that we can try to spread some of that experience and instruction around."

"I would say that I have extremely high expectations," summarized Larsen.

"Myself and Coach Haga have been, between the two of us, coaching this group of seniors since they were freshmen - that was our first year in Ignacio, as far as head or assistant coach(es) at the high school. We're definitely hoping that leadership can perform and lead the rest of the team in a positive direction."

THE GUEST LIST: In addition to IHS, scheduled to compete inside CMU's Brownson Arena are Rifle, New Castle Coal Ridge, Palisade, Hotchkiss, Cedaredge, Paonia, Delta, Gunnison, Craig Moffat County, Parachute Grand Valley, Olathe, Montezuma-Cortez, Arvada Faith Christian, Meeker, Grand Junction and Montrose.

"Wrestling should start at 8 a.m. sharp on Saturday morning," said Larsen. "There's some good teams in there. Hopefully it'll give us a chance to wake up and see where we're at as a team."












FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND COMMUNITY....IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!!!
We at Ignacio High School are gearing up for the start of the 2016-2017 wrestling season, and are very excited about our team this year! We will be starting the season at the Mesa Duals in Grand Junction this coming weekend (December 3rd)! 

Make sure you check out our recently updated roster, where we will be updating records and statistics as the season progresses. We look forward to seeing you all out supporting the wrestling team at tournaments this year!

IT'S TIME TO BATTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Itinerary for the Mesa Duals tournament to be uploaded by Tuesday evening this week!



Hey all! Thank you all for a great 2015-2016 season of IHS wrestling! Below is our summer wrestling letter, including the mandatory camps and activities for those interested in become champions for the IHS grapplers! Make sure you see the mini clinic flyer and summer wrestling letter below! Look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at all these fun activities! 

Summer Wrestling Letter.docx


Check out the information below for the Ignacio Wrestling Summer Clinic below FOR ALL AGES!!!! Only $20 per wrestler for three evenings of instruction from one of the best our nation has to offer, Mr. Camille DuPont! First weekend of June! 

Ignacio Wrestling Summer Clinic Flyer.doc



15-16 Banquet Program.docx



Below is our Bobcat Wrestlers' state tournament itinerary! Good luck boys, and God speed!

State Tourney - Itinerary.docx






CHECK OUT THE DURANGO HERALD PREP SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK IN OUR VERY OWN ETHAN APPENZELLER! 

Prep Spotlight: Nava and Appenzeller are two of a kind

The two top wrestlers in La Plata County met previously in season

By Jon Mentzer Herald staff writer

Article Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 9:26am

Ryan Nava of Bayfield, left, and Ethan Appenzeller of Ignacio have wrestled each other before as Nava will be going to state in Class 3A and Appenzeller in Class 2A.Enlarge photo

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

Ryan Nava of Bayfield, left, and Ethan Appenzeller of Ignacio have wrestled each other before as Nava will be going to state in Class 3A and Appenzeller in Class 2A.

As the Class 2A and 3A Colorado High School Activities Association wrestling state tournament looms, wrestlers from around Colorado will have the Pepsi Center in Denver on their minds

Ignacio’s Ethan Appenzeller is 34-1 heading into state.Enlarge photo

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

Ignacio’s Ethan Appenzeller is 34-1 heading into state.

Bayfield’s Ryan Nava is 35-4 heading into state.Enlarge photo

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

Bayfield’s Ryan Nava is 35-4 heading into state.

Behind the scenes--Ethan Appenzeller

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE A DATE?: Olde Tymers
DO YOU HAVE ANY NICKNAMES?: Baby App
WHAT OUTDOOR HOBBY DO YOU HAVE?: Snowboarding, wakeboarding, hunting and fishing.
WHAT TEACHER HAS MADE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOU?: IHS welding teacher, Mr. Haga.
WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST OPPONENT THIS YEAR?: Ryan Nava for Bayfield, he beat me.

Behind the scenes--Ryan Nava

WHAT SONG IS STUCK IN YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW?: Shake it Off by Taylor Swift.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS MOVIE?: ‘Rocky 4’
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS?: I like to buy red wrestling shoes before state because red is my favorite color.
WHAT TEACHER HAS MADE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOU?: My Kansas elementary 3rd grade teacher Ms. Stewart.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ATHLETE?: UFC fighter Conner McGregor

The mightiest of competitors will leave it all on the mats on Feb. 18-20.

Ignacio’s Ethan Appenzeller (34-1) is heading the top seed at the 138 weight class after beating Aiden Dabal of the combined team of Norwood and Nucla in a 4-3 decision in the Class 2A Region 1 tournament last weekend.

The win propelled Appenzeller to face Braden Kappel (21-11) of Limon in the first round of the state tournament.

Ryan Nava of Bayfield (35-4) also has the top seed at 145 at the Class 3A level after beating Alex Cordova in an 8-7 decision at the Region 4 tournament. Nava will now face Dimitrius Flores (22-14) of Mullen.

The area’s top two wrestlers may be in different weight classes from different school classifications, but on a cold snowy night on the eve of the 41st Butch Melton Invitational, the two met for a match that would shape the rest of the season.

Bayfield and Ignacio met on the night of Jan. 29 for a dual meet at Ignacio High School. At the weigh-in, Appenzeller missed his 138 weight and had to move up to 145, which meant meeting Nava for a match.

Nava’s used his scrambling skills and specific angles to get a slew of takedowns, and controlled the match the whole way through. Nava took what Appenzeller gave him, which was the match as Nava won with precise takedowns, 7-5.

“He was my toughest opponent and my toughest match,” said Appenzeller, son of Anna and Tom Appenzeller. “When I was on top I couldn’t do much. It was a close match, he wrestled his match and I didn’t. (That match) gave me confidence to run my moves and not worry what (the opponent) is going to do.”

Up until that point, neither Appenzeller nor Nava were hitting a stride in the season and their match was the perfect competition to get the two wrestlers prime for the long haul.

“(Ryan) handled Ethan the way he needed to,” Bayfield head coach Neil Barnes said. “But when you wrestle another top kid like Ethan, you’re going get better. It was a great thing that happened for both of them. Ryan hadn’t wrestled anyone to that caliber to that point. It was a great time of the year for a match like that.”

Nava didn’t know he was going to wrestle Appenzeller until 20 minutes into the meet. It didn’t matter to Nava as he wrestled the match the same way he wrestled every match before

“That was the first time I had a nail biter,” said Nava, son of Ofelia, Raymond and Ramona Fronseca. “I credit that match to my great double legs and my scrambles. That match put me in gear for the postseason. I was in cruise control up until that point. It made me think there’s no more room for error, it’s all precision from here on out.”

From that point on, neither wrestler made any more slip ups and won every match since.

The next day at the Butch Melton Invite, Nava pinned Pagosa Springs’ Tyler Cowan, and Appenzeller pinned Colton Hoerr of Cedaredge.

Though both wrestlers learned a lot about each other and themselves from their match, Nava and Appenzeller will turn their focus for this weekend’s most important of matches.

“I’m feeling pretty good, I should be nervous but I’m not, I just feel good about it,” said Appenzeller. “This is a big tournament and I have to go in with positivity and go in strong and run my match and my moves.”

According to Ignacio head coach Jordan Larsen, Appenzeller’s greatest strengths are wrestling tactics.

“He keeps his head composed and calm,” said Larsen. “I’ve never seen him lose any type of cool, which works in his favor. He’s a very technical wrestler. He doesn’t rely on strength, he’s very precise and methodical to his approach to wrestling.”

For Nava, he’s taking a similar approach to state as Appenzeller.

Nava wrestles panic-free, feels ready and wants to look at his next opponent as any other opponents.

“I’m in great shape. I’ve been lifting day in and day out and my cardio is where I want it to be,” said Nava. “Emotionally I’m happy because I can show everyone what I did all year. I’m happy for an opportunity like this, I can’t help but smile when it comes to state because I love the atmosphere in the room and with my teammates at the Pepsi Center, so I’m excited right now.”





















CONGRATS TO OUR 3 STATE QUALIFIERS, TYLER BEEBE, WOODY PENA, AND ETHAN APPENZELLER!!! Also, a shout out to Timmy Plehinger, Dalton Mickey, and Mark Kempinski for making the trip to regionals and battling your hearts out! Check out the Durango Herald article below!

Three Ignacio High School wrestlers going to state tournament

Appenzeller still undefeated at 138

By John Livingston Herald staff writer

Article Last Updated: Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:08pm

Three Ignacio High School wrestlers will make the trip to Denver for the state wrestling tournament

Ethan Appenzeller claimed the Colorado High School Activities Association Class 2A Region 1 tournament championship at 138 pounds to punch his ticket to the Pepsi Center for next week’s tournament. Tyler Beebe also qualified at 132 pounds with a second-place finish at regionals, and a third-place result from Lorenzo “Woody” Peña at 160 pounds also qualified him for the state tournament.

Appenzeller improved to 34-1 this year, and he’s undefeated at 138 pounds with his lone loss coming at 145 to Bayfield’s Ryan Nava.

“He’s had an extremely special season,” IHS head coach Jordan Larsen said of Appenzeller. “He’s been in some battles, but this year he feels like he’s turned the corner. His confidence level has risen a huge amount.”

Appenzeller finished a perfect weekend in Grand Junction with a 4-3 decision win against Aiden Dabal of the combined team of Norwood and Nucla.

Beebe also reached the championship round before falling 4-0 to Case Baughman of Dove Creek.

“It was a tough battle,” Larsen said. “Beebe is looking very good at this point and is fired up and ready to get after it next weekend.”

Peña’s result guaranteed another trip to the Pepsi Center for a family that has made the voyage a habit in February. He earned a 13-3 major decision win in the third place match against Chase Rule of Meeker to advance. He lost in the semifinals to Trenton Armintrout of Norwood/Nucla in the semifinals. Armintrout went on to win first place.

“He was in a good battle with Armintrout, but he’s battling a bad cold and gassed,” Larsen said of Peña. “His lungs weren’t there, and I’ve never seen that from him before, but it was still a great battle. We’re looking forward to getting that cold cleared up, and I believe he’s hoping for a rematch next week. Armintrout is a state runner-up from last year, and Woody knows where he’s at.”

Also placing at regionals but falling just short of qualifying for state was Timothy Plehinger at 152 pounds. He took fifth place by beating Anthony Felice of Paonia with a third-period pin.

Ignacio’s Stocker Robbins, who qualified for state each of the last two years, was unable to compete at regionals with a knee injury and will look ahead to next year.




Check out the Itinerary for the Regional Tournament this upcoming weekend! Looking forward to showing what our boys have gained this season after all their hard work!

Regional Tourney - Itinerary.docx




Be sure to check out some of the articles in the local papers about our boys this season below! Let's get ready to separate the men from the boys this coming weekend as we battle for tickets to the State Championships. Action in the 2A Regional 1 commences at 12:30 pm on Friday (12th) at the CMU Mavericks home gymnasium! LET'S GO BOBCATS!


    Ignacio takes third place in San Juan Basin wrestling championships

Appenzeller undefeated but IHS falls to Norwood/Nucla

Ignacio High School’s wrestling team took third place in Thursday night’s San Juan Basin League Championship meet.

The Bobcats handled Dolores, Mancos and Dove Creek before losing in the league title dual to an experienced and always tough Norwood/Nucla program.

Ethan Appenzeller wrestled to a perfect 4-0 against some high quality opponents in the 138-pound division. Tyler Beebe, Dalton Mickey, Lorenzo Peña and Timothy Plehinger were 3-1 on the evening for Ignacio.

“Sometimes the coin doesn’t flip your way, but I’m happy with the level of wrestling our guys showed against guys who have won at the state level,” Ignacio head coach Jordan Larsen said. “Norwood is a savvy squad, and our guys stuck in there with them. We did an exercise after we finished up, and all the guys were ready to go at it again.”

Appenzeller came away with a win against a Norwood/Nucla state placer from last year. Beebe lost a very close match to a three-time state placer from Dove Creek, and Peña lost for only the third time this season in a match with the top 2A 160-pound wrestler in Trenton Armintrout.

All in all, the Bobcats seem to be in good form as they head down the stretch.

“I think our minds are right and we’re peaking just in time for regionals,” Larsen said. “We’re going to work hard next week and hopefully punch our tickets to the state meet.”



IHS grapplers 4th at home Melton Invite

2 rule, 2 saluted at home meet

By Joel Priest

Times sports correspondent

Article Last Updated: Thursday, February 04, 2016 1:48pm

Ignacio's Ethan Appenzeller clinches a pin at the expense of Cedaredge's Colton Hoerr in the 138-pound division's championship at the Butch Melton Memorial Invitational.Enlargephoto

Photo by Joel Priest

Ignacio's Ethan Appenzeller clinches a pin at the expense of Cedaredge's Colton Hoerr in the 138-pound division's championship at the Butch Melton Memorial Invitational.

Having seen two older, since-graduated brothers strive to prevail at the Butch Melton Memorial Invitational, Ignacio's Lorenzo Peña could perceive how badly Tyler Beebe would have wanted a first-place medal.

Ignacio's Tyler Beebe ignores the elbow of Cedaredge's panicked Wyatt Hamilton and goes about earning a win in the 132-pound division's semifinals at the Butch Melton Memorial Invitational.Enlargephoto

Photo by Joel Priest

Ignacio's Tyler Beebe ignores the elbow of Cedaredge's panicked Wyatt Hamilton and goes about earning a win in the 132-pound division's semifinals at the Butch Melton Memorial Invitational.

Ignacio's Lorenzo Peña controls Bayfield's Macoy Michaeli en route to winning the 160-pound division's championship at the Butch Melton Memorial Invitational.Enlargephoto

Photo by Joel Priest

Ignacio's Lorenzo Peña controls Bayfield's Macoy Michaeli en route to winning the 160-pound division's championship at the Butch Melton Memorial Invitational.

Ignacio head coach Jordan Larsen, a former Bayfield High standout, finds himself caught humorously between BHS' Cash Snooks (left) and IHS' Lorenzo Peña (right) during a pause in the action at the Butch Melton Memorial Invitational.Enlargephoto

Photo by Joel Priest

Ignacio head coach Jordan Larsen, a former Bayfield High standout, finds himself caught humorously between BHS' Cash Snooks (left) and IHS' Lorenzo Peña (right) during a pause in the action at the Butch Melton Memorial Invitational.

"I think it's pretty important to win this last tournament here in Ignacio," said the standout junior inside IHS Gymnasium last Saturday. "I don't think you really want to get beat in your last home tournament.but I think everyone would like to get first in this!"

Having prepped to face 2A San Juan Basin League beast Case Baughman (Dove Creek) by destroying non-league 2A Cedaredge senior Wyatt Hamilton via an 18-2 technical fall in the 132-pound division's semifinals, Beebe also budgeted some time to simply enjoy the event's 2016 incarnation and unwound with a friendly rumble against inactive senior Wyatt Mickas.

"Being part of our team has been huge for him-and huge for the boys-in ways outside of wrestling, in character," said head coach Jordan Larsen, who'd verbally saluted both individuals prior to the start of final-round action. "Giving the kid something to believe in.the rest of his life-he loves wrestling.like a convert! You can't beat the enthusiasm of a convert, and he's a full convert at this point!"

"He's got special relationships with several boys on the team, along with Coach (Cody) Haga and myself and Coach (Jacob) Appenzeller.it's just really cool to at least be able to distinguish him a little bit because he's not always the kid who wins matches."

"As far as Tyler, you know.I got to coach Tyler at Bayfield for a year and he's gone through a lot of stuff the last three," Larsen continued. "So to see him at the level he's at, and the kind of human being that he's turned into, and to have him express to the coaching staff what he feels we've done for him.the words I can't describe."

"It's an amazing feeling to.know you affected somebody's life in such a positive way. So to be able to distinguish Tyler-especially with his performance today!-I thought it was beautiful for him and for all of us."

And it took someone of Baughman's caliber to finally slow Beebe's roll.

After pinning three opponents all inside of 90 seconds during the weight's pool-play phase and then handling Hamilton, Beebe braved Baughman for six hard minutes-Coaches Larsen and Appenzeller agreed it was his best head-to-head yet with the Bulldog senior-before succumbing on the scoreboard 13-6.

"I thought today we finished all of our matches-win, loss or draw-in high levels of intensity," said Larsen. "Which is exactly what you want to see going into the regional tournament and state tournament."

"Overall I would say we have started to find that element of 'battle' you want to see."

And battle the Bobcats did, with Pena and junior Ethan Appenzeller bagging individual titles at 160 and 138 pounds, respectively, and IHS as a whole ending up in fourth place behind 3A Bayfield, 3A Pagosa Springs and first-place CHS (skippered by former Ignacio boss Bob Overturf).

"This is my first year doing really, really good, you know, and yesterday was kind of a bummer," Appenzeller said, referring to the previous night's close, non-league dual loss to BHS junior Ryan Nava in a clash of Class 2A's top-ranked 138-pounder and 3A's top-ranked 145. "I really wanted to do good today, so I'm pretty.happy with the outcome, of course. Who wouldn't be?"

Appenzeller went 5-0 on the day, including three pool-play pins and a 15-0 tech of PSHS' Nick Talamante before he stuck CHS' Colton Hoerr 35 ticks into the championship bout's second period.

"At the beginning of the year we just worked skill and on doing that, and now we're getting ready for State, having all the energy we can for last-second matches," he said. "I definitely think we're getting.to our peak."

Named Upper Weight Outstanding Wrestler (Baughman was the Lower Weight O/W), Pena also was a dominant 5-0 at 'The Melton' beginning with a 20-5 education of 5A Aztec, New Mexico's Zach Schmidt, ending with a 10-2 major decision over Bayfield junior Macoy Michaeli, and pinning three victims in between.

"That 'peak' is almost.here-in the next week or two-and right before regionals is when we'll hit it," Pena said. "We all wrestled our best; all of our kids are putting it all out there-even our JV kids! Overall I think we all wrestled tough and did our best!"

"We've been doing practice at a pretty high level, you know, just trying to push ourselves and make ourselves better no matter who we're wrestling in the room.always trying to push each other!" said junior Dalton Mickey, who went 4-1 and took third at 145 with a pin of Dolores' Aiden Hopcia 1:58 into the second period.

Fellow 'Cat Dustin Sanchez finished eighth in the division after going 1-4 (one loss, an 18-2 tech fall, unfortunately came against Mickey), with the win a pin of BHS' Tyler Conner 1:53 into the first period.

"There was a lot of good teams here, I believe, and there was some pretty tough matches; it was pretty equal on the brackets," Mickey said. "I'm making progress as well as the whole team is, and we're just trying to push ourselves and become better all-around athletes."

Junior Timmy Plehinger went 3-2 at 152 and also finished in third place after final-round losses to eventual champ Dalton Lucero of PSHS (by an 8-3 margin) and runner-up Andrew Morgan of 2A Mancos (a 7-5 verdict). He was also Ignacio's only other wrestler entered in the meet, with 113-pounder Stocker Robbins and 170-pounder Mark Kempinski also observing from the seats.

"He should be back before regionals. I mean, he said he will, so.," Pena said hopefully of Robbins, resting an injured knee (inside which Robbins, a junior, said could be a damaged ligament and/or cartilage). "But I don't want him to keep getting hurt; there's always next year! I know he'll win [the Invitational] next year!"

"Our team's been doing pretty good for having a short squad-three people in the finals, and one's injured who would have been," Ethan Appenzeller said. "Timmy's doing good, you know.honestly I think our team's doing pretty good for the people we have!"

"It's never as good as you want it to be," Larsen said, tongue-in-cheek. "It's never as crisp as you want to see-at this point-but have we stepped up every single practice every single day to get to where we're at now? Yes. And if we continue to make those stair-steps for the next two weeks, three weeks, we have good chances at State and regionals."

The 2A-Region I Championships are set for Feb. 12-13 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, with each weight class sending its top four wrestlers to the 2016 CHSAA State Championships (2/18-20) in Denver. Results from last night's IHS-hosted SJBL Championships were unavailable by press time.

2016 BUTCH MELTON MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS: 106-Tyrone Abeita (Farmington, N.M., Piedra Vista JV); 113-Brandon Ward (Dolores); 120-Blake Nation (Cedaredge); 126-Jacob Ostrom (Cedaredge); 132-Case Baughman (Dove Creek); 138-ETHAN APPENZELLER (IGNACIO); 145-RYAN NAVA (BAYFIELD); 152-Dalton Lucero (Pagosa Springs); 160-LORENZO PENA (IGNACIO); 170-Zach Anderson (Cedaredge); 182-Chance McReynolds (Pagosa Springs); 195-Tre' LaBossiere (Cedaredge); 220-Anthony Antuna (Cedaredge); Hwt-SAM WESTBROOK (BAYFIELD).


Bobcats 10th in Paonia

Appenzeller, Robbins top finishers for IHS

By Joel Priest

Times sports correspondent

Article Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2016 2:39pm

Ignacio's Stocker Robbins looks for a way to turn Durango's Devon Pound over during their match at last Thursday's non-league dual inside IHS Gymnasium.  Victorious, Robbins would then place at Paonia's Screaming Eagle Invitational two days later at 113 pounds. (He wrestled Pound at Pound's 120.Enlargephoto

Photo by Joel Priest

Ignacio's Stocker Robbins looks for a way to turn Durango's Devon Pound over during their match at last Thursday's non-league dual inside IHS Gymnasium.  Victorious, Robbins would then place at Paonia's Screaming Eagle Invitational two days later at 113 pounds. (He wrestled Pound at Pound's 120.

Turnabout is very much fair play in the wrestling world, and when presented an opportunity to reverse his fortune, Stocker Robbins capitalized.

Ignacio's Ethan Appenzeller controls Durango's Tyrell Thorsheim during their match at last Thursday's non-league dual inside IHS Gymnasium. Victorious, Appenzeller then won the Screaming Eagle Invitational's  138-pound division two days later in Paonia.Enlargephoto

Photo by Joel Priest

Ignacio's Ethan Appenzeller controls Durango's Tyrell Thorsheim during their match at last Thursday's non-league dual inside IHS Gymnasium. Victorious, Appenzeller then won the Screaming Eagle Invitational's 138-pound division two days later in Paonia.

Pinned by Kolton Dickinson of Sedgwick County during the first period of their quarterfinal clash at Paonia's 2016 Screaming Eagle Invitational, Ignacio's junior 113-pounder recovered by defeating two opponents from Hotchkiss and one from the Norwood-Nucla to not only stay alive in the consolation rounds but ultimately take revenge, 9 to 2, over Dickinson to finish the meet 4-1 and in third place.

Robbins was ranked third in Class 2A going in to the meet.

Unfortunately, only one other Bobcat would finish as close to the top in any of the other weights, and IHS left the competitive event in 10th place.

The Bobcats were competing only 36 hours after an odd home dual versus 4A Durango. The final score was announced as 48-48, but if no points were awarded for mutually-vacant weights, Ignacio was victorious 33-30. Just how competitive was the Paonia meet? Fifth in On The Mat's 2A team rankings going in, Hotchkiss prevailed with 229 points. Meeker took second, followed by La Jara Centauri (204), Paonia (203.5), unranked Cedaredge (136.5) and #4 Norwood-Nucla (131.5).

Tenth in the 2A poll, as well as the Screaming Eagle, Jordan Larsen's 'Cats racked up 91 points and finished well ahead of ranked 3A's Delta (#8; 15th place, 23.5) and Olathe (#4; 18th, 11).

IHS' third-ranked Lorenzo Peña, after losing in the 160-pound quarter-final, then lost one semifinal bout. Peña (4-2 tourney record) fought back to save fifth place after Cedaredge sophomore Drew Markley forfeited.

Junior Dalton Mickey also contributed fifth-place points to Ignacio's group effort, and also went 4-2 during the day after his last scheduled opponent at 145 pounds, Norwood-Nucla freshman William Gabriel, forfeited.

Junior Timmy Plehinger did not place after going 2-2 at 152, nor did senior Tyler Beebe at 132 (after going 2-1 in the single-elimination bracket), but IHS didn't re-board the bus without at least one Screaming Eagle champ.

Going 4-0 at 138 pounds (where he was ranked #2), junior Ethan Appenzeller remained undefeated this winter and finished his drive to the title with a ridiculous 17-1 technical fall of Cedaredge's Colton Hoerr and a 15-0 TF of Centauri soph Brian Shawcroft.

Ignacio will host its annual Butch Melton Memorial Invitational tomorrow, with lead-up duals tonight.

SCREAMING EAGLE STANDINGS: 1.Hotchkiss 229, 2.Meeker 210.5, 3.La Jara Centauri 204, 4.Paonia 203.5, 5.Cedaredge 136.5, 6.Norwood-Nucla 131.5, 7.Sedgwick County-Fleming 123, 8.Palisade 99, 9.Montrose 93, 10.IGNACIO 91, 11.Hayden 85.5, 12.Oak Creek Soroco 55, 13.Kremmling West Grand 43, 14.Dove Creek 33, 15.Delta 23.5, 16.Rangely 22.5, 17.Mancos 12.5, 18.Olathe 11, T-19.Center/Walden North Park 10.

CHAMPIONS: 106-Zach Martin (Centauri); 113-Joe Chavez (Centauri); 120-Quinton Montague (Centauri); 126-Sackett Chesnik (Paonia); 132-Keith Graham (Sedgwick County-Fleming); 138-ETHAN APPENZELLER (IGNACIO); 145-Bo Pipher (Paonia); 152-Casey Turner (Meeker); 160-Terrance Williams (Palisade); 170-T.J. Shelton (Meeker); 182-Devon Pontine (Meeker); 195-Brandon Anderson (Sedgwick County-Fleming); 220-Trevor Smith (Paonia); Hwt-Devon Chacon (Centauri).

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COME OUT AND SUPPORT OUR BOBCAT WRESTLERS AT HOME THIS THURSDAY EVENING AT 6 PM IN A DUAL AGAINST THE DURANGO DEMONS! SHOULD BE SOME GREAT BATTLES. SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!!!



Check out the itinerary for this coming weekend competition in Paonia at the Screaming Eagle Invitational below! Should be some great battles to see!

Paonia Tourney - Itinerary.docx





Also, check out this great article by Joel Priest on the results of the Pagosa tournament two weeks ago! Go Bobcats!

There's an 'App' for that: IHS juniors star in Pagosa

Appenzeller unbeaten at 138, Peña at 160

By Joel Priest

Times sports correspondent

Article Last Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2016 2:06pm

Ignacio's Ethan Appenzeller takes control of Denver Sheridan's Carlos Maez during the 138-pounders' championship at last Saturday's Rocky Mountain Invitational in Pagosa Springs.Enlargephoto

Photo by Joel Priest

Ignacio's Ethan Appenzeller takes control of Denver Sheridan's Carlos Maez during the 138-pounders' championship at last Saturday's Rocky Mountain Invitational in Pagosa Springs.

Ignacio wrestling made a strong showing at the Rocky Mountain Invitational Saturday in Pagosa Springs, taking eighth overall.

Ignacio's Ethan Appenzeller exhales contentedly while shaking hands with Denver Sheridan's Carlos Maez following his victory in the 138-pounders' championship at last Saturday's Rocky Mountain Invitational in Pagosa Springs.Enlargephoto

Photo by Joel Priest

Ignacio's Ethan Appenzeller exhales contentedly while shaking hands with Denver Sheridan's Carlos Maez following his victory in the 138-pounders' championship at last Saturday's Rocky Mountain Invitational in Pagosa Springs.

Starting the meet with a 44-second pin of Durango junior Tyrell Thorsheim, junior Ethan Appenzeller picked up his pace and stuck Monte Vista sophomore Mario Dominguez in only 27 seconds to reach the semifinals at 138.

Aztec, N.M., soph Dominic Dufur fared only slightly better than the preceding foes, lasting 95 seconds before hearing the referee's hand smack the mat, and Appenzeller roared into the championship where he actually had to last the regulation 360 before locking up first place, 10 to 3, over Denver Sheridan senior Carlos Maez.

With a last name nearly sounding like "play injure," Timmy Plehinger has the name that describes wrestling's pleasure/pain nature.

Face down on the mat, left hand hurriedly trying to knead an ailing right shoulder back into compliance, and opponent Avery Scott looking down upon him, Plehinger had only a few seconds to decide how badly he wanted to leave Pagosa victorious.

The 152-pound division's title was not a possibility, but his choice quickly became evident.

After action resumed, the Ignacio Bobcat junior rallied himself to pin the Bloomfield (N.M.) Bobcat junior 49 seconds into the third period and finish the tournament with a 2-1 record, as well as the weight's third-place medal, and as many points to contribute to IHS' eighth-place total of 122.

Head coach Jordan Larsen beamed while congratulating the winner, still stoked by Appenzeller's success minutes before.

Next to step onto a mat after Plehinger for final-round work was Lorenzo "Woody" Peña, and the junior's ongoing winter rampage continued. Having notched pins in his opening two tries at 160, Pena then shut out AHS senior Josh Snow 7-0 and dispatched DHS senior Cole Gustavson 9-2 to finish his own 4-0 run through a bracket.

Three-and-one at the RMI, junior 113-pounder Stocker Robbins captured third, via a second-period pin of Del Norte senior Brett Fuller after suffering an unexpected 14-4 major-decision loss in the semifinals against La Jara Centauri freshman Joe Chavez.

Senior Wyatt Mickas went 0-2 at 120 and did not place, but senior Tyler Beebe saved the 'Cats seventh-place points at 132 with a pin of Taos senior Cade Cannedy 10 seconds into the second period and posted a 3-2 record for the day. So did Dalton Mickey at 145. The junior's recovery from a first-round loss to eventual champ Austin Littlefield of Aztec ultimately-after losing 11-7 to DNHS junior Tyler Martinez-yielded sixth place.

Squad newcomer Mark Kempinski II, a junior, went 2-2 at 170 pounds but bounced back from an opening loss to eventual champion Chris Martin of Centauri to pin unattached PSHS freshman Brayden Shulda with just six seconds left in the seventh-place match's second period.

At heavyweight, junior Michael "Mikey" Cruz went 1-2 but placed seventh after pinning Durango junior Joseph Gillen with only six seconds left in the first period.

This weekend the Bobcats will be in action at tomorrow's Rob Mickel Memorial Invitational in Salida, after a quick stop tonight in Center for a non-league dual with the 2A Vikings beginning at 5 p.m.

2016 ROCKY MOUNTAIN INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS: 106-Presiliano Maez (Denver Sheridan); 113-Joe Chavez (La Jara Centauri); 120-Quinton Montague (La Jara Centauri); 126-Brayson Wilcox (Monticello, UT); 132-Zac Musselman (Monticello, UT); 138-ETHAN APPENZELLER (IGNACIO); 145-Austin Littlefield (Aztec, N.M.); 152-Jose Lopez (Monte Vista); 160-LORENZO PENA (IGNACIO); 170-Chris Martin (La Jara Centauri); 182-Aaron Apadaca (Denver Sheridan); 195-Dillan Salter (Del Norte); 220-Ricky Ayala (Denver Sheridan); Hwt-SAM WESTBROOK (BAYFIELD).


The Bobcat grapplers had a great tournament this weekend in Salida, taking 3rd as a team and claiming 4 individual weight class championships! Great job boys! See the article from the Durango Herald below.

The Ignacio High School boys wrestling team took third overall at the Rob Mickel Tournament at Salida High School on Saturday. “I’m very pleased, all the boys wrestled hard,” Ignacio High School head coach Jordan Larsen said in a phone interview with The Durango Herald. “There were a lot of good battles, I thought we had some outstanding matches.”The Cedaredge Bruins took the top spot of the tournament with 197 points. The Wolverines scored 173½ points, and Ignacio took 3rd with 147½ points. Other teams that put up impressive shows were Del Norte with 139 points and Basalt with 109½ points. Ethan Appenzellar was named Most Outstanding Wrestler in the lower weight classes as he won the 138-pound weight class by going 3-0 with all pins. With the successful tournament, Appenzellar is still undefeated for the year. At 113 pounds, Stocker Robbins went 4-0 with three pins. Robbins won in his final match via decision, 6-0. At 132 pounds, Tyler Beebe won his first tournament by going 4-0 with three pins. At 160 pounds, Lorenzo Peña took first with two pins and one decision, which came by score of 6-1. With the win, Peña is still undefeated on the year. Tim Plehinger took third place after going 2-1 on the day at 152 pounds. Dalton Mickey took fourth place after going 2-2. Michael Cruz went 2-2 with two pins and finished sixth in the heavyweight class. Other tough performances by Ignacio wrestlers came from Wyatt Mickas and Mark Kempinski. “I’m looking forward to regionals at this point,” Larsen said. “With all the placings (Saturday), I couldn’t have asked much more from the boys. The boys are working hard in the practice room and it shows. I'm really looking forward to the next three weeks.”




THE DUAL THE CENTER HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW EVENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!!! Our IHS boys will hold a scrimmage with Center from 4-5:30 pm in lieu of the dual. See the updated itinerary below!!


Check out the itinerary and plan your trips for this weekend action in Center, CO on Friday evening and Salida, CO on Saturday! Should be a great weekend of tough wrestling for the Bobcat grapplers!

Center Dual - Salida Tourney - Itinerary.docx



Welcome back folks! Wrestling is back underway this season with no stopping until late February. We had an great day of battles this past weekend at the annual Rocky Mountain Wrestling Invitational in Pagosa Springs. Overall we had two champions in Lorenzo Pena and Ethan Appenzeller (both of whom are undefeated at this point in the season), two 3rd place finishes by Stocker Robbins and Timothy Plehinger, one 6th place finish by Dalton Mickey, and three 7th place finishes by Tyler Beebe, Mark Kempinski, and Michael Cruz!! Great job boys!
Check out the Durango Herald article below:

The Bayfield High School wrestling team took fifth place out of 14 teams at the Pagosa Springs Tournament on Saturday as senior Sam Westbrook won at the 285-weight class. The Wolverines took home seven total medals on the day.

“I was very impressed with how we wreslted,” Bayfield head coach Neil Barnes said in a phone interview with The Durango Herald. “There were a lot of improvements. We were down on conditioning with the break and the three snow days, but I was very pleased.”

Bayfield’s Ryan Nava took runner up in the 145-weight class, Garrett Beebe took sixth at the 113-weight class, Macoy Michaeli took third in 160, Cash Snooks took fourth at 170, Taylor Winch took fifth at 138, Jake Sandrey took fifth at 132 and Cody Speece took sixth at 113.

For the Ignacio High School wrestling team, the Bobcats finished fourth overall with two tournament champions. Both Lorenzo Peña and Ethan Appenzellar went 4-0 on the day, and both remain undefeated on the season. Peña won at 160 and Appenzeller won at 138.

Stocker Robbins and Timmy Plehinger both took third place in their respective weight classes. Robbins wrestled at 113 and Plehinger at 152.

Tyler Beebe took seventh at 132, Dalton Mickey took sixth at 145, Mark Kempinski also took seventh at 170 and Mikey Cruz took seventh at 285.

“I thought we wrestled really well,” Ignacio head coach Jordan Larsen said. “I thought a couple of individuals showed a lot of heart.”

Durango finished 12th at the Pagosa Springs Tournament, but head coach Leo Garand is proud of the progress his team is showing.

“I noticed a lot of fundamental mistakes early in the season so we’ve been working on technique and drills for much of the season so far,” Garand said. “We’re starting to turn the corner with our techniques and I can tell that the guys are getting more and more confident even in the matches they lose.”

The best showing for the Demons came at 160 where Cole Gustavson advanced all the way to the championship match only to lose by a decision to undefeated Ignacio wrestler Lorenzo Peña.

Sophomore Manasseh Brockus defeated Bloomfield senior Angel Rivera winning a 6-0 decision to take third place at 195 pounds.

After losing his first match, David Etz ran off three consecutive wins and beat Aztec’s Jared O’Toole to win the fifth place match at 220. Tristian Martinez finished in sixth place at 126 and Cameron Jacobs won the seventh place match at 120 against Cosme Cordova of Center.

Though they both finished 0-2, Garand was also pleased with the performances of Kaleb McMunn and Ty Thorsheim who have missed much of the season.

“Caleb brings a lot of energy, a solid work ethic and a great attitude to the team so we’re happy to have him back,” Garand said. “Ty Thorsheim hasn’t wrestled since middle school and he went up against the eventual champion at 138. Ty didn’t care who he went up against and he was fearless out there. I was so proud of his effort and it was an inspiration to me and the rest of the guys.”

The Demons will be back on the mat at 6 p.m. Thursday for a home dual against Montezuma-Cortez. Thursday is also Alumni Night for DHS wrestling.

“This program has a storied history and we’d like to connect with the guys who laid the foundation here,” said Garand. “I’m a firm believer in giving back and we want to recognize the alums who made this a significant program, thank them and present them with a token of gratitude.”




Great job tonight against Dolores HS! Ignacio 45 - Dolores 18! Check out the itinerary for the Panther Classic Dual Tournament this Saturday at Piedra Vista high school!

Piedra Vista Tourney - Itinerary.docx




Results from the Dove Creek Dawg Fight this past weekend from the Durango Herald! 3rd as a team with only 8 boys!!! 

Ignacio takes third in Dawg Fight; Bayfield takes fifth

Herald Sports ReportKeywords: Bayfield High 


The Ignacio High School wrestling team saw success on Saturday at the Dawg Fight Invitational in Dove Creek. The Bobcats saw three first place finishes from their wrestlers as Ignacio as a team took third place.

John Mall won the overall tournament and Farmington took second.

Ignacio’s Lorenzo Peña took first place in the 160-pound weight class by going 5-0. His performance also landed him the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. This is Peña’s second Most Outstanding Wrestler award this season.

“I thought the team wrestled extremely tough,” Ignacio head coach Jordan Larsen in a phone interview with The Durango Herald. “Everyone went out and battled hard. Everyone got after it, win or lose. I was very pleased with the day.”

Other Ignacio top finishers were Stocker Robbins took first place in the 113-pound weight class by going 5-0, and Ethan Appenzeller who took first in the 138-pound weight class by going 4-0.

Tyler Beebe took third in the 132-weight class for Ignacio when he went 3-2 on the day. Timmy Plehinger took third in the 152-pound weight class by going 4-1, and Mikel Archuleta took sixth in the same weight class. Dustin Sanchez rounded it all out by taking fourth in the 145-weight class.

Bayfield takes Fifth

The Bayfield High School wrestling team took fifth place out of 14 teams in the Dawg Fight Invitational in Dove Creek. John Mall won the overall meet.

Bayfield’s Ryan Nava and Sam Westbrook both took first place in the 145-pound and 285-pound weight class, respectively. Garrett Beebe took second place in the 132-pound weight class. Both Jake Sandrey and Cody Speece took third in their respective weight classes as well. Cody Speece rounded out Bayfield’s day when he finished fifth in the 106-pound weight class.

“It went really well compared to Thursday night,” Bayfield head coach Neil Barnes said in a phone interview with The Durango Herald. “I’m very pleased. We came out off the bus and competed.”

Bayfield freshman Colby Baker got his first varsity win in the 106-pound weight class. Baker actually weighs in at 95 pounds.

“The way we battled today I have high expectations and hopes for next week,” said Barnes. “After Thursday, I told the boys I don’t care about wins and losses. We got off bus Thursday and were on their heels compared to today. We got off bus and battled and took it to people.”



Article on Bobcat wrestler Stocker Robbins posted in the Durango Herald! Go Stocker!!!!!!!!


Prep Spotlight: Stocker Robbins is chasing a championship

Wrestler Stocker Robbins is ready for the podium

By 

During last Saturday’s 16th annual Wolverine Classic at Bayfield High School, Stocker Robbins drew the top seed in the 120-pound weight class for the Ignacio High School wrestling team, and went on to slay the competition to win the weight class.

Ignacio’s Stocker Robbins is looking to make a splash in 2015 and get back to state.Enlarge photo

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file photo

Ignacio’s Stocker Robbins is looking to make a splash in 2015 and get back to state.

Robbins took second place in 2014’s CHSAA 2A Wrestling State Tournament in the 106-pound weight class.Enlarge photo

Durango Herald file photo

Robbins took second place in 2014’s CHSAA 2A Wrestling State Tournament in the 106-pound weight class.

Robbins went a perfect 5-0 to with the 120-pound weight class at the Wolverine Classic on Saturday.Enlarge photo

Durango Herald file photo

Robbins went a perfect 5-0 to with the 120-pound weight class at the Wolverine Classic on Saturday.

Robbins finished with a 39-4 record in 2014.Enlarge photo

Durango Herald file photo

Robbins finished with a 39-4 record in 2014.

Who is your favorite athlete? My dad, Joshua Robbins.
Who is your favorite superhero? Captain America
What is your favorite sports movie? ‘8 Seconds’
Where is your favorite place to take a date? Somehwere without too many people.
What is your nickname? Stock
What is your dream car? A truck.
Where is your dream vacation? Somehwere to go hunting.
What is your favorite hobby? Hunting
What is your favorite Friday nigh activity? Hanging out with friends.

Robbins pinned his first opponent, Gavin Cox of Piedra Vista (N.M.), so fast that there was no evidence of it.

Photographers and wrestling fans alike have to be quick when Robbins is on the mat because in seconds the match could be over.

“I would say Stocker Robbins’ focus is very good,” Ignacio head coach Jordan Larsen said. “He has a lot of potential.”

Robbins followed up his opening match with another pin of Kobi Greenhaus of Piedra Vista in the second round.

In the third round, Robbins took down Bayfield’s Cody Speece. In fact, Robbins beat every wrestler in the 120-pound weight class including Center’s Fidel Villa twice. Robbins went 5-0 at the Wolverine Classic.

“I just worked on my feet and looked for the take-down and just kept looking for the pin,” said Robbins, son of Daniella Perez and Joshua Robbins.

Robbins’ goal is to win the Colorado High School Activities Association 2A Wrestling Tournament. Last season, Robbins competed in the 106-pound weight class, but fell to Jonathan Andreatta from John Mall in the Championship Match.

He finished the year with a 34-9 record, and moving up in weight class, Robbins hopes to finish stronger.

As a team, Ignacio finished 17th place in last season’s tournament with 45 points.

“I have a goal in mind and I’m just going to keep working to achieve it,” said Robbins. “Every week is another step.”

Robbins, 17, is originally from Bayfield and is naturally a tough guy who is looking for competition.

Robbins has been wrestling since the second grade so wrestling has always been apart of him. He also enjoys hunting and bull riding in his off-time, but said wrestling has taught him to have heart and dedication.

“It has taught me perseverance,” said Robbins. “It has taught me to achieve my goals.”

Robbins added that wrestling is a sport that challenges a competitor’s mental and emotional stability.

“It takes heart to even compete in this sport,” said Robbins. “After practice you have to drag yourself out of the room because you’re so tired. You have to keep coming back day in and day out.”

Robbins’ main goal is to get back to state and get on the podium for his junior season.

One aspect of school that Robbins takes pride in is his 3.9 grade point average.

He wants to go to college, but only being a junior, Robbins has yet to figure out where he wants to go. High school has taught him many things already, too.

“(High school) helps prepare for my future and how to work with other people in different situations,” said Robbins. “It helps you mature and steps you up.”

Between school, hunting and bull riding, Robbins has many interests.

One of those interests is pinning his opponents in wrestling, and when he’s done beating the guy in front of him, Robbins is already looking for the following opponent to beat.

“After I win by pin, I rest up and get ready for the next one,” said Robbins.



DOVE CREEK DAWG FIGHT THIS SATURDAY STARTING AT 9 AM! COME SUPPORT OUR BOBCAT WRESTLERS AS THEY BATTLE IT OUT!
Itinerary below:

Dawg Fight - Dove Creek Tourney - Itinerary.docx




SEE THE DURANGO HERALD ARTICLE ON THE BOBCATS AND THE OTHER AREA WRESTLERS BELOW!!! GO BOBCATS!!!

Lorenzo Peña of Ignacio High School won the 160-pound weight class by going a perfect 5-0 on Saturday’s 16th annual Wolverine Classic in Bayfield. Peña was chosen as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler for his performance.Enlarge photo

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

Lorenzo Peña of Ignacio High School won the 160-pound weight class by going a perfect 5-0 on Saturday’s 16th annual Wolverine Classic in Bayfield. Peña was chosen as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler for his performance.

Wrestlers from Bayfield, Center, Ignacio, Pagosa Springs, and Piedra Vista joined for the 16th annual Wolverine Classic on Saturday at Bayfield High School.

As Bayfield and Ignacio featured its newly minted head coaches, the Bayfield Wolverines came out on top based on a coin flip to give them the win.

After a full day of matches, Bayfield and Pagosa Springs sat tied with 86½ points for first place. With the mats were already put away, the entire day was pinned on the luck of a coin flip. Bayfield was fortunate to have the coin bounce its way for the win.

“I’ve never seen that happen,” Bayfield first-year head coach Neil Barnes said after his squad won the toss.

Coming in third was Piedra Vista’s junior varsity squad with 59 points, Ignacio came in fourth with 51, and Center finished fifth with 41.

Bayfield’s Sam Westbrook took first in the 285-pound weight class after beating teammate Dakota Ehart. Westbrook was on the Bayfield football championship team and felt like there wasn’t any issue transitioning between sports only a week removed from the football title game.

“I didn’t have any trouble with it at all,” said Westbrook, son of Mark and Kirsten Westbrook. “I took the intensity that we had in football and applied it to wrestling.”

Fellow football teammate Ryan Nava took first in his 152-pound weight class when he beat Ignacio’s Timothy Plehinger. Plehinger finished third place behind Pagosa Springs’ Dalton Lucero.

“I actually feel pretty good,” said Nava, son of Allec Rodriguez and Ramona Nava. “I wasn’t too tired in that last match.”

Nava added that he’s ready to increase his work each week. He said his goal for the 2015-16 season is to be on top of the Colorado High School Activities Association state podium.

“I feel like this year has to be the year,” he said. “There’s no other time but right now.”

Much like Westrbook, Nava’s transition from football to wrestling has been not just smooth and driven.

“Honestly, the first day back I felt really motivated,” Nava said. “I was telling my team that we can get a ring. I’ve felt that feeling once already, and I want to chase after it again this time in my sport. I didn’t think we’d go that far as a (football) team until we were in the semifinals. But it teaches me that even with the down weeks where I may not come in first, but if I keep my eyes on the big picture and keep working toward it, it won’t be a dream anymore, it will become a reality.”

Barnes feels like his team has potential this year, especially with the roster he has.

“I feel like we have a lot of good wrestlers on the roster,” he said. “I see us having a really good team.”

Macoy Michali came in first for Bayfield in the 182-pound weight class when he beat Broden McGuffey from Piedra Vista.

For Ignacio, the Bobcats saw success from Lorenzo Peña, who beat Anselm Hollie form Piedra Vista. Peña went 5-0 throughout the tournament and finished being named Most Outstanding Wrestler.

“(Peña) had good focus, he has a lot of potential this year,” Ignacio head coach Jordan Larsen said. “We went out there and wrestled hard. Our shape was a little bit lower than I would have like to have seen it, but at the beginning of the season that’s to be expected. Overall, I thought we wrestled great. We had some outstanding performances, even in our losses. Hard work is paying off.”

Ignacio’s other top wrestler was junior Stocker Robbins, who went 5-0 including pinning his first two opponents.

“I think I did alright,” said Robbins, son of Daniella Perez and Joshua Robbins. “There’s definitely room for improvement. I was quick on my feet. Once I was there I just kept progressing and looking for the pin. It feels good (to get the first meet) out of the way.”




WRESTLING COMMENCES THIS SATURDAY AT BAYFIELD HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM AT 8:00 AM!! SEE THE ITINERARY FOR WRESTLERS BELOW!

Wolverine Classic Itinerary.docx








--->  COMMUNITY/ALUMNI SPAGHETTI DINNER AND High School/Middle School INTER-SQUAD DUAL WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH AT THE IGNACIO HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM AND CAFETERIA (DINNER AFTER DUAL).
This will be an evening for high school and middle school wrestlers, family, friends, old alumni, and members of the community to come and socialize as well as meet the current wrestlers. Wrestling will start at 5:00 pm with the middle school dual preceding the high school dual, and the spaghetti dinner will follow immediately after wrestling ends at 6:15 pm. A short team introduction and alumni recognition will take place at the start of dinner. Dinner will cost $5.00 per person, or there will be a family dinner package deal for only $7.00 (no matter the size of the family)
If you are interested in attending, supplying any food or beverage for the event, or are a former wrestling alumni from IHS, please contact 
Head Coach Jordan Larsen at 970-769-2448.


***Wrestling team pictures will be on Wednesday, December 9th directly after school (3:40 pm)


PARENT MEETING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL THIS TUESDAY, November 3rd, at 6:00 PM!! MAKE SURE YOU ARE THERE!!!!!!
PS. Sorry about my schedule. I was told that the meeting was on the 11th. Please note the change on the schedule!

SEE YOU ALL THERE!! 




SEE BELOW FOR PRE-SEASON INFORMATION!!! 

Be sure to sign up for Remind 101 for instant notifications throughout the coming season!!!! This is MANDATORY for all athletes and highly recommended for all parents!

Remind101 - IHS Wrestling directions.pdf


ATHLETE MEETING HANDOUT 1 - Pre-season Flier - Wrestling - 2015-2016.pdf



Here are some thoughts on supporting a middle school wrestling season in the spring by Pagosa head coach Dan Janowsky! Just some food for thought......

10 reasons for spring season wrestling










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