Devils grapplers crush Demons, Cardinals
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley wrestling coach Ron Beard was strumming on an electric guitar at the end of his team’s triangular against Glenwood Springs and Grand Valley Thursday night.”I know like two riffs,” the coach joked.The good news is that his Devils know how to make sweet music on the mat as evidenced by Eagle Valley’s 55-18 trouncing of Glenwood and 54-14 win over Grand Valley.Big win for Best (Chris)
Against the Demons, the highlight match came at 145 pounds, pitting the Devils’ Chris Best against the Demons’ Matt Aten. Aten controlled the match for most of the first two periods. But at the end of the second, Best picked up Aten for the two-point reversal and slammed him to the group for the 3-point near fall. Leading 6-2, Best went on to pin Aten at 4:27Kylan Kottenstette ground out a 13-3 decision over Glenwood’s Mike Mastriani at 152. Earlier in the dual, the Devils’ Brendan Best (171), coming back from the flu made short work of Tyler Rosso in 54 seconds. Jimmy Benavides edged Brad Kline at 112 pounds by a count of 10-6. In the 140 match, Mason Ewing downed Glenwood’s Justin Davis in 4:51. Bo Archibeque recorded his first varsity win, pinning Glenwood’s James Nelson in just 52 seconds.”I’m pleased with the effort tonight,” Beard said. “I am just really pleased with Christopher Best wrestling Matt Aten of Glenwood. That Aten is a good, solid kid. I think we’re on fire right now. I’m very pleased with Kylan Kottenstette. His kid’s a tough kid, Mastriani. I’m just pleased with my boys.”Glenwood’s lone bright spot came at 119 pounds when Ivan Chacone pinned the Devils’ Kyle Lundberg in 32 seconds. “The biggest thing is it’s nice to have a team on the mat,” Glenwood coach Guy Brickell said. “That’s our goal this year is just to reestablish our program. It let’s the kids know what they’ve got to work for because Eagle’s got some real good kids.”
In the Glenwood dual, Eagle Valley’s Chris Harvey, Brian Saldana, Gabe Vaelasquez and B.J. Jaramillo all received forfeits. Glenwood’s Matt Davis and Omar Diaz also got the easy six points.Down goes Grand Valley Eagle Valley also made short work of the Cardinals. Harvey (160) put down Grand Valley’s Tyler Harris in 1:50. Brendan Best (171) got a 16- major decision over the Cardinals’ Dylan Lindaner. The Devils’ Jaramillo (103) toyed around with Matt Cain in an 18-2 technical fall. At 112, it was Eagle Valley’s Benavides over Kelby Dillon in 67 seconds. Ewing pinned Justin Mawyner at 140 and Kottenstette did the same number of Drew McFarland at 152. Chris Best edged Justin Busch at 145 in a 7-4 decision.
Grand Valley’s Danny Manzanarez got his team’s only win on the mat at 135 points, beating Archibeque, 10-3.Saldana, Velasquez and Lundberg got forfeits for the Devils. Steven Jones and Cody Myers received forfeits for the Cardinals.Eagle Valley is at the Palisade Tournament Saturday.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail Colorado