Devils capture EVHS tournament
GYPSUM – Six wreslters in the finals. Three first-place finishes. That’s just what the Eagle Valley Devils needed to win the championship at their own tournament Saturday.With wins by Mason Ewing, Chris Harvey and Louis Romersheuser and second-place finishes by Bo Archibeque, Kylan Kottenstette and Brendan Best, the Devils amassed 190.5 points, 9.5 more than second-place, Olathe. Middle Park finished in third place with 176.5 points.”I’m very happy with the way the boys wrestled,” said coach Ron Beard. “You can tell they worked hard on their own over break because I saw other teams gassing.”And when the wrestlers Eagle Valley grapplers went up against opponents who weren’t gasping for air, it was because the match was over before anyone had time to tire.Harvey, who rolled through the 160-pound bracket, won the award for the most pins in the least amount of time. Of his four opponents, only one made it past the first period, only to succumb to a pin 15 seconds into the third period.
Ewing also made quick work of the opposition at 130 weight, pinning three of his four opponents in the first period.”Mason is a man on a mission,” Beard said. “I don’t think he can be denied.”In the final match of the day, Romersheuser grabbed the heavyweight crown while recording his second pin of the day. After being taken down in the second period, Romersheuser made a reversal and put Middle Park’s Anthony Curiel on his back.”When Louis came out in the first tournament of the year and won, he showed us he’s the real deal and can help out the team a lot,” Beard said. “He had two bad weekends with the Warrior Classic and the Delta tournament, but he showed today that the first weekend wasn’t a fluke.”OvertimeThe 171 final was the most exciting match of the day. Best and Olathe’s Kyle Martinez battled for three periods, with Best mostly on the offensive.
“In the third period, Brendan had him down the whole time,” Beard said. With the match tied at two, Best and Martinez went into overtime, then a double overtime. As time expired in the second extra frame, the officials ruled that Best didn’t escape from Martinez’s clutches, giving Martinez the win.”It was a great high school match,” Beard said. “Brendan will win that match if it’s in the state tournament. Those kind of losses this time of year are good anyway.”Beard noted that some of his wreslters were upset with second-place finishes, which is just what he wants.”I love that my guys hate losing so bad,” Beard said.
Who needs practice?After missing the first three tournaments with an elbow injury, Kottenstette marched to the finals of the 152 weight Saturday before losing to Rifle’s Tim Long, 6-2.”It’s his first tournament of the year, and Kylan’s in the finals against the second-best wrestler in the state, and he was right in the match,” Beard said. “He needs more match time to get in better shape and he needs to learn how to wrestle with an injured elbow.”At 140, Brandon Greeley of Middle Park pinned Archibeque. Throughout the day, however, it was Archibeque who worked his opponents.”Bo’s not generally known for being in better shape, but he had two matches when he was the obviously in better shape,” Beard said.In the third-place match at 103, Josh Wambolt of Eagle Valley showed Buena Vista’s Adam Masbruch that every second in a match counts.Down 8-3 with 16 seconds left in the final period, Wambolt used a takedown and a near fall to send the match into overtime, but lost 10-8.
“That was a great performance,” Beard said of Wambolt’s comeback.The Devils’ Joey Bajza earned a fourth-place finish at the 112. And Battle Mountain’s Julian Quintana gave his team some points by finishing fourth in the 125 weight.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado