1/16/2009 1:28:00 AM 

Grandview wrestlers post best Reno finish

By Courtney Oakes
The Aurora Sentinel

The Grandview wrestling team’s trip to Reno, Nev., prior to the winter break yielded the Wolves’ biggest jackpot at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

Only one wrestler — 2008 state champion Eric Wilson — placed in the elite tournament featuring teams from across the country, but four of Grandview’s other 10 entries came within a match of placing and 11 of 12 won at least one match as the Wolves took 23rd out of 82 teams.

Grandview’s previous best finish was 40th according to head coach Greg Maestas.

“I’m really pleased; we had a great first two rounds,” Maestas said. “When you go to a tournament like that, the competition gets tougher after that.”

Wilson went 0-2 in Reno last season, but finished the 2009 tournament at 5-2 in the 119-pound bracket. He was seventh by virtue of a 4-1 win over Sean Silva of Barstow, Calif. Senior Josh Starr also went 5-2 at 152 pounds, but missed placing by a match.