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Devils down Huskies, Delta at Battle Mountain

Andrew Harley

EAGLE-VAIL – The cross-valley rivalry between Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain occurred without drama. As a team, the Devils crushed the Huskies, 52-18, by means of a massive forfeit due to Battle Mountain’s lack of wrestlers.In the six matches that were wrestled on Friday, the Huskies put up an admirable showing against the favored Devils.”It’s tough because we had a rough week. We lost our 171-pounder and a 112-pounder to injuries,” said Huskies coach Desi Quintana. “It’s really hard having a small team like this, but I’m proud of the way they all wrestled.”Eagle Valley also took the short ride home from Battle Mountain with a handy victory in the dual meet, as the Devils defeated Delta, 47-21.”I was pleased, very pleased, overall,” said Devils coach Ron Beard.The Huskies started the meet off on Friday with a team loss to Delta, 54-24. After picking up six forfeit points to Delta’s 30, Battle Mountain led off with Josef Salazar in a 112-pound match against Panthers’ Pat Weitzel. Young Salazar battled hard but fell to a pin 59 seconds into the match.Huskies’ Julian Quintana picked up escape points but wound up on the wrong side of a pin by Panthers’ Thomas Foley in the 119 weight class.Daniel Trujillo dominated Delta’s Ty Tatman, pinning him 1:25 into the matter. Rudy Frausto made it two Huskies’ pins in a row with an artful combination of Delta’s Ty Geick’s shoulders and the gym mat at 2:48.”Rudy and Daniel are my bread and butter right now. They’re gonna be the ones who are gonna pull us through, hopefully. We don’t wanna get too cocky, though,” said Desi Quintana.The Devils’ victory over Delta was a generally efficient affair with a couple of very close matches among the upper middlewights.Devils’ Kylan Kottenstette started things off at 152 with a pin in the first minute. Chris Harvey virtually thumb-wrestled Delta’s Anthony Laurita in the 160 division. No points were awarded in the first period. Harvey picked up the first takedown, and the relatively cautious duel ended when time expired with Harvey up, 3-2.”That’s the third time Harvey’s wrestled that Laurita kid. He’s tough, so it’s good to get a win against him,” Beard said.Devils’ Gabe Velasquez pinned his competitor 1:22 into the match. B.J. Jaramillo followed suit with a pin at 1:39 in the 103 class. Devils’ Jimmy Benevides won, 5-3, and Bo Archibeque kept the Devils’ domination with a pin in the 135 class.”Jimmy just dominated that kid (Weitzel), and that’s a kid who’s ranked third in state,” Beard said.Devils’ Chris Best finished off the Panthers by amassing 15 unanswered points against his opponent.Devils’ Mason Ewing continued to look like a ceaseless predator as he crushed Huskies’ Johnny Trujillo 1:42 into the 140-pound match.Eagle Valley’s Brian Saldana made short work of Huskies’ Billy Shoe, pinning Shoe in 20 seconds. Most of Benevides’ match against Salazar was battled somewhere in between Salazar’s lying with his face on the mat and standing. Benevides won, 14-1, to put the Devils up, 51-0.Julian Quintana pinned Devils’ Kyle Lundberg in 1:01.The match was then delayed for five minutes, as regulations state that 45 minutes must pass between the first competition of a match and the final one. Frausto and Archibeque had at each other. Archibeque squirmed and fought, but Frausto’s continual force broke through. Frausto got the pin in 3:07.”The Devils are tough,” said Desi Quintana. “We didn’t match up well against them because we have a lot of middleweights that are tough, and they’re all upper weights.”The Huskies head to Brighton today for an all-day tournament. The Devils are off until regionals next weekend.Vail, Colorado

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