Devils wrestling opens with two emphatic wins
GYPSUM — Wrestling with two arms is easier than doing so with one. That's one of the things Eagle Valley wrestling learned while administering season-opening thrashings of Grand Valley, 61-15, and Coal Ridge, 66-15, on Thursday night in Gypsum. There are many storylines for Devils wrestling, but a healthy Caleb Laisure at 152 pounds is a particularly exciting prospect. "Having two-armed Caleb was awesome," Devils coach Luke Cross joked. Laisure has been on and off the mat since his sophomore year, sidelined most recently by a bum right shoulder. Having had surgery earlier in the calendar year, he looked quite good on Thursday night with pins of Grand Valley's Jonathon Pena and Coal Ridge's Colby Bilson, the later taking a mere 34 seconds. "It's like a whole different world, from last year to now," Laisure said. "It was just sweet to be back out on the mat. It felt good to be back out." Also among the ranks of the healthy is sophomore Ryder Bossow. He had a tough start to the evening with a 7-0 loss to Grand Valley's A.J. Serna at 113 pounds. The latter took third at the 3A state meet last year at 106, so Bossow hung with a strong opponent and ended up getting a pin against Coal Ridge. Freshman Lucas Comroe went 2-0 with a decision and a fall. It's somewhat reassuring having a Comroe affiliated with Eagle Valley wrestling. And, just in case anyone was worried, Noah Hermosillo is still very good. As a junior he took fourth at state at 138. Wrestling right now at 145 — weights are in flux early in the season — he pinned both of his opponents. "Opening night's always the night when you get the rust off after being off six or eight months, whatever it is," Hermosillo said. "It's just to great to be back." While winning duals is nice, it's also time for the Devils to get back into the groove of week-in week-out competition. "Our boys stepped it up tonight," Cross said. "I also saw a lot of things we can work improve." Eagle Valley is at a tournament in Middle Park on Saturday. Eagle Valley 61, Grand Valley 15 106 — Luke Morrissey, EV, pin Alyx Renteria, GV, 0:36 113 — A.J. Serna, GV, dec. Ryder Bossow, EV, 7-0 120 — Lucas Comroe, EV, dec. J.T. Latham, GV, 9-4 126 — Bailey Beckum, EV maj. dec. Hector Arzate, GV, 12-3 132 — Jeff Kerns, EV, forfeit 138 — Tony Valdez, EV, pin Isiah Tigert, GV, 3:41 145 — Noah Hermosillo, EV, pin Nathaniel Chapman, GV, 5:17 152 — Caleb Laisure, EV, pin Jonathon Pena, GV, 3:05 160 — Davis Ward, EV, pin Carlos Flores, GV, 1:06 170 — Justin Morrison, EV, pin Chance Taylor, GV, 1:27 182 — Michael Kelly, GV pin Marco Rodriguez, EV, 307 195 — Cole Miller, EV, forfeit 220 — Evan Hoff, GV, pin Gabe Baldwin, EV, 1:28 Heavyweight — J. P. Velasco, EV, forfeit Eagle Valley 66, Coal Ridge 15 113 — Ryder Bossow, EV, pin Kyler Jones, CR, 3:04 120 — Lucas Comroe, EV, pin Jared Richel, CR, 0:37 126 — Edgar Morales, EV, forfeit 132 — Jeff Kerns, EV, forfeit 138 — Tony Valdez, EV, pin Eric Devora, CR, 0:46 145 — Noah Hermosillo, EV, pin Colby Lord, CR, 1:16 152 — Caleb Laisure, EV, pin Colby Bilson, CR, 0:34 160 — Davis Ward, EV, pin Eddie Gomez, CR, 1:32 170 — Gage Clemens, CR, dec. Justin Morrison, EV, 8-6 182 — Jack Powers, CR pin Marco Rodriguez, EV, 0:43 195 — Cody Harrington, CR, pin Cole Miller, EV, 4:40 220 — Gabe Baldwin, EV, pin Kevin Juarez, CR, 0:51 Heavyweight — J.P. Velasco, EV pin Kamen Odennell, CR, 0:21 106 — Luke Morrisey, EV, forfeit Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.