Rocky Ford Meloneers Advance 3 To State Finals!

The Rocky Ford Meloneers are looking to repeat as CHSAA Class 2A State Wrestling Champions. Its been a back and forth battle for them as they currently sit in 3rd place, 5.5 points behind leaders Meeker and Centauri. The Meloneers are sending 3 wrestler to the State Championship Matches. Included are 106 pound Junior Jacob Rodriguez ; who is also the defending state 106 pound Champion, Senior 132 pounder Jeremy Fraser; who finished as runner-up last year, and Sophomore 285 pounder Greg Garcia Jr., who finished 6th last year. The Meloneers have 6 wrestlers remaining in the Consolation part of the bracket and they have to battle all day tomoorw. If they win in the morning they’re guaranteed a spot on the podium. I had chance to interview both Greg Garcia Jr., and Head Coach Mike Jurney following Garcia’s Semi-Final win, you can read the below:

1 on 1 with Greg Garcia Jr.:

Me: Greg how does it feel to be wrestling for a State Title tomorrow night?

Greg: It feels great, I owe it all to my coaches who prepared me for this opportunity. They deserve most of the credit, none of this is possible without them.

Me: So what does it mean to you to be a wrestler for the Rocky Ford Meloneers?

Greg: It means everything, there’s a tradition here, its great to be apart of that. We have the best fans in the Valley.

Me: Any words for the fans back home in Rocky Ford?

Greg: Watch out guys, we’re gonna come out firing tomorrow. We’re still in this and we’re gon’ bring that title back home!


1 on 1 With Coach Mike Jurney:

Me: Coach, how does it feel to be sending 3 to the finals tomorrow?

Coach Jurney: It feels great, we got to keep pace. Centauri sent 4 and Meeker sent 3, we’re still a little behind so we got to get going in the consolations tomorrow, and hopefully we can pick up some big points there.

Me: Why Rocky Ford? Why do you chose to coach here?

Coach Jurney: Wrestling has been a passion of mine since i left college. Came to interview in Rocky Ford 25 years ago and i fell in love with it. It’s a great place to be!

Me: Any words for the fans back home in Rocky Ford?

Coach Jurney: Well, just keep cheering for us and we’ll keep fighting. Hope we have a great day tomorrow and see what happens!

Look out for the Meloneers tomorrow in both the Consolations and Finals as they look to repeat as Champions! Action gets underway from “The Can” at 10:30 am with 3rd round Consolations! Be sure to look back at MyHomeTeamSports on Facebook and @mhteamsports on Twitter for updates throughout the day! See you there!