Devils throttle Steamboat, fall to Moffat
GYPSUM – Had the high school boys been replaced by little kids at Eagle Valley’s wrestling match against Moffat County on Thursday night, the little Devils probably would have been screaming, “It’s not fair! There’s more players on your team!”Alas, the Devils made due, losing 18 points to weight-class forfeits, which turned out to be the difference in the match, as the Bulldogs defeated the Devils, 42-24.Eagle Valley lost six more points to an overly-excited Mason Ewing, who illegally body-slammed Bulldogs’ Cody Norman five seconds into their match. Ewing meant no harm, but Norman immediately suffered from vertigo and sight problems, causing Ewing to forfeit the match.So, the Devils put up a great battle on the mat that didn’t show up with such intrigue on the scoreboard.”I think the team score wasn’t totally indicative of how we wrestled (against Moffat County),” said Devils coach Ron Beard. “Moffat County’s tough. You’ve gotta be ready to wrestle. We didn’t do as well as I would’ve liked, but it’s not state yet.”
An hour-and-a half later, Eagle Valley renewed its team confidence with a 66-18 blowout of Steamboat Springs.”Steamboat’s a young team, and the happiest thing that went on out there tonight was that our kid, Kyle Lundberg, getting a win in the exhibition match,” said Beard.Devils’ Chris Harvey started things off in the 160 class with a grueling 4-3 victory that expired the clock over Bulldogs’ Shayne Zimmerman. Harvey won by forfeit against Steamboat.Brendan Best picked up 12 points for Eagle County, as Moffat County and Steamboat fielded no one in the 171 division.Brian Saldana had the most effective evening with two pins. Saldana pinned Moffat County’s Josh Satterwhite in 1:46, and Saldana took down Steamboat’s Joey Melius.”He wins; it’s only by pin. I think that’s now 14 or 15 pins,” said Beard.
Gabe Velasquez led down to the wire against the Bulldogs’ Kyle Fredrickson, who took down Velasquez in the final 15 seconds for a 6-5 win. Velasquez took six points for a Steamboat forfeit.B.J. Jaramillo faced a tougher match than he’d expected in Moffat County’s Brice Boling, eking out a 14-11 win. Jaramillo won by forfeit against Steamboat.Devils’ Jimmy Benavides won 10-6 over the Bulldogs’ Jake Breslin, and picked up forfeit points against Steamboat. Lundberg was pinned by Moffat County’s Matt Kincheloe, picked up forfeit points against Steamboat and pinned the Sailors’ Dawal Sails 3:27 into an emotional exhibition match.Devils’ Bo Archibeque fell to Moffat County’s Daniel Cramblett in the 135 class, but redeemed himself by pinning Steamboat’s Luke Rummel.Ewing lost by technicality to the Bulldogs’ Norman, but pinned the Sailors’ A.J. Casmark 32 seconds into the match.”Mason, getting that unfortunate slam (against Moffat County), that’s a 12-point swing because Mason’s gonna pin that kid. I’m sure of that,” said Beard.
Chris Best took a hard loss against the Bulldogs. He picked up forfeit points against the Sailors.”That was a match that I think we should have won. Chris didn’t wrestle his match. I wish we could’ve pulled that one off,” said Beard.Kylan Kottenstette pinned Bulldogs’ Trenton Duarte in the 152 weight class, 5-0, and he picked up forfeit points against the Sailors.As far as preparation for the rest of the season, the Devils have their work cut out for them after today’s match at Battle Mountain.”We’ve gotta take of some things before regionals, but it was a positive night. We know we could’ve won the ones we lost,” said Beard.The Devils head to Battle Mountain Friday for matches against the Huskies and Delta at 6 p.m.Vail Colorado