Devils wrestling sweeps tri
GYPSUM – This is really how a Senior Night should go.
Eagle Valley wrestling put a pounding on Summit County, 55-9, and routed Coal Ridge, 52-9, to sweep a triangular for the squad’s five seniors, J.D. Wamboldt, Satchel Jones, Kris Moya, Damien Atencio and Dakota West.
“Every senior got a win,” Devils coach Ron Beard said. “That’s what you want on Senior Night.”
We hate to split hairs, Coach, but, actually, Wamboldt got two.
“It’s very emotional,” Wamboldt said. “My two brothers both went through this school and I’m the last of my family. Two wins is actually a big accomplishment. My brothers didn’t get two wins on Senior Night.”
Take that, Josh, 22, and Zach, 18, Wamboldt.
Against the Tigers, Andy Armstrong, normally a 220-pounder, wrestled up, yet had no problem with Summit heavyweight Jesus Casillas, pinning the big guy in 3:44. Atencio got a key 2-point takedown late in his match against Nick Wittrock for a 6-2 decision.
Eagle Valley’s only two losses against the Tigers came with Devils freshmen on the mat. Summit’s Stetson Fowler defeated Devin Ward with a pin at 3:57. That was the Summit senior’s 100th career win. The Tigers’ Jonathon Ramirez knocked off Eagle Valley’s Riley Rowles, 7-3, in another senior-freshman bout. Despite the losses, Eagle Valley’s youngsters acquitted themselves quite well.
“The freshmen wrestled tough,” Beard said.
Wamboldt had a 4-0 lead in his match at 160 pounds, lost it, but came back with a strong surge in the third period for a pin against Tyler Blackford.
Eagle Valley went 7-2 in contested matches against the Tigers and accumulatedfive pins.
The Devils had a bunch of points in the bank against Coal Ridge because the visiting Titans did not field a full squad. Nonetheless, the Devils had their way with Coal Ridge. After two tough losses, the Devils ripped off four quick pins to take the dual and take apart the mats before going home.
Eagle Valley is at the Abe Lincoln Tournament in Denver this weekend, which should be another challenge as the team prepares to host regonals Feb. 10-11.
“We keep on picking the toughest tournaments we can find,” Beard joked. “There’ll be a lot of 5A teams there and some tough match-ups, but it helps us.”
Eagle Valley 55, Summit 9
Heavyweight – Andy Armstrong d. Jesus Casillas, pin, 3:44, 6-0
106 – Damien Atencio d. Nick Wittrock, 6-2, 9-0
113 – Marcus Medina vs. Bragen Daniel, pin, 2:55, 15-0
120 – Open
126 – Kris Moya vs. Alex Veleta, pin, 1:44, 21-0
132 – Raffa Gurule, forfeit, 27-0
138 – Dakota West, forfeit, 33-0
145 – Taylor Wheeler d. Gregorio Munoz, 16-4, major decision, 37-0
152 -. Stetson Fowler d. Devin Ward, pin, 3:54, 37-6
160 – J.D. Wamboldt vs. Tyler Blackford, pin, 4:30, 43-6
170 – Jonathon Ramirez d. Riley Rowles, 7-3, 43-9
182 – Joey Sanchez, forfeit, 49-9
195 – Satchel Jones vs. Zach Buffalow, pin, 2:27, 55-9
220 – Open
Eagle Valley 52 Coal Ridge 9
113 – Marcus Medina, forfeit
120 – Open
126 – Collin Carbone d. Kris Moya, 5-0
132 – Open
138 – Michael Shaw d. Raffa Gurule, pin, 1:15
145 – Dakota West d, Christian Keith, 9-2
152 – Jacob Morrison d. Nicholas Carbone, pin, 1:54
160 – J.D. Wamboldt d. Nelson Bell, 0:41
170 – Riley Rowles, forfeit
182 – Joey Sanchez, forfeit
195 – Satchel Jones vs. Brandon Gray, pin: 0:56
220 – Andy Armstrong, forfeit
Heavyweight – Open
106 – Damien Atencio, forfeit
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