Pirates give it their all at Grand Junction Warrior Classic

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Photo courtesy Lori Lucero Freshman James Thomas wrestles his opponent at the Grand Junction Warrior Classic last weekend. Thomas wrestled in the 113-pound division.
Photo courtesy Lori Lucero
Freshman James Thomas wrestles his opponent at the Grand Junction Warrior Classic last weekend. Thomas wrestled in the 113-pound division.

The Pagosa Pirates returned home this weekend after giving it their all at the Grand Junction Warrior Classic.

The Warrior Classic wrestling tournament took place on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 18, and resumed Saturday, Dec. 19 in the morning.

The Pirates finished with 37 points.

In an email to SUN staff, coach Dan Janowsky explained that the tournament was tough for the Pirates, who wrestled upper division teams from Utah, Wyoming and Colorado in addition to “the cream of the crop” smaller schools in Colorado.

Janowsky explained that, because there were so many schools, it was much tougher than the last tournament the Pirates wrestled at, adding that no match was easy, and because of that, the results don’t tell the whole story of how hard the Pirates really wrestled.

“A large portion of the points a team scores at a wrestling tournament depends on placing in the medal rounds,” wrote Janowsky. “That’s where the bulk of the points  come from, and since we didn’t have a medalist we didn’t have a large team point total.”

Janowsky writes that, because the team had no place finishers, they finished with a smaller amount of points than usual.

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