Devils pin the Huskies
GYPSUM – Black and gold uniforms met a black and red mat Thursday.The Eagle Valley wrestling squad shut out Battle Mountain, 78-0, recording seven pins in seven matches.”We did a great job,” said Eagle Valley coach Ron Beard. “Battle Mountain is a young team, and they came out with a lot of spunk.”Eagle Valley’s two freshman, Manuel Carrasco and Ryan Green, wrestled up to Beard’s expectations. “I’m pleased with my young guys,” Beard said. “It was their first time in the lineup, and they got pins. You can’t ask for more.”Unlike most of the other matches, which ended early with Devils’ wrestlers leading in points when the pins came, Carrasco and Green’s matches were the most competitive of the evening.The penultimate match of the evening featured Carrasco against Battle Mountain’s Julian Quintana at 125 pounds.. After Quintana took a 4-2 lead into the second period, Carrasco had two reversals and a near fall before pinning Quintana 1:43 into the second period.
Carrasco’s win set the stage for Green to take the mat against Battle Mountain’s Josef Salazar to complete the sweep for Eagle Valley.”I was thinking, ‘Everybody has won so far, so I can’t lose,'” Green said.Salazar took an early 5-0 lead with a reversal and a near fall. At the end of the first period, Salazar led 7-2. Then in the second period, Green earned two points on a reversal, and soon after, pinned Salazar using a Granby move.”We preach to the kids, ‘You are never out of a match,'” Beard said. “You could be down 14-0, but we have the moves and the mindset where we are in every match, and Ryan proved that.”Half and halfBattle Mountain had to forfeit seven of the 14 weight classes, as it didn’t have wrestlers in the 103, 112, 119, 130, 145, 171 and heavyweight weight classes.
At 140 , the Devils’ Mason Ewing pinned the Huskies’ Levi Horn in 2:40. In the 152 bout, Bo Archibeque of Eagle Valley pinned Chase Olle of Battle Mountain 1:09 into the first period.Then at the 160 weight, the Devils’ Kyle Green pinned the Huskies’ DeWayne Noriega 43 seconds into the match. Brendan Best of Eagle Valley followed up with a pin of Battle Mountain’s Elliot Gerhart at 189. Best, who is one of many wrestlers on Eagle Valley who played football, is still looking to drop a weight class.”The next weight I want to go down to is 171,” Best said.At 215, the Devils’ Will Britt pinned the Huskies’ Billy Shue 3:38 into the match.Unlike most of the football players, Britt is looking to gain some weight.”I’m underweight by about 10 pounds,” Britt said. “I keep losing pounds and kids have more weight on me.”
Britt, Ewing, Best, Kyle Green, Chris Harvey, Louis Romersheuser and Kylan Kottenstette are all wrestlers who came over from football.”Coach was working with pretty much the JV guys when were still playing football,” Britt said. “When we came in, it was a whole new thing. We have a ton of senior leadership and are trying to carry our great success from the football season.”The victory was bittersweet for Eagle Valley assistant coach and Battle Mountain graduate Luke Cross.”It’s anti-clamatic to see something like this,” Cross said. “I’d rather combine the two schools and have one big team, but my heart is at Eagle Valley right now.”Battle Mountain coach Mike Anderson declined to comment for this article.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado