Eagle Valley tops Huskies; fall to Palisade
GYPSUM — Yes it was a loss, but Eagle Valley wrestling was just fine with it.
Despite giving up two weight classes, the Devils hung with the big bully on the block, falling to Palisade, 45-33, Tuesday night in Gypsum.
“That was a heck of a night of a wrestling,” Eagle Valley coach Ron Beard said. “We’re pretty happy with what we’ve got with this young team. We’ve got a group of kids with no returning state qualifiers. But we’ve got a great group of kids who like to pin.”
The Devils had a bit of good and bad luck in their dual with the Bulldogs. The match of the night was the Devils’ Chris Comroe against Palisade’s Quintin Day at 132 pounds. Day dominated the match and led after two periods, 11-4, and Comroe looked done like dinner. Somehow, Comroe rallied for seven points in the final two minutes. Comroe and Eagle Valley likely got a bit of a break as the clock did not start late in the third period, but the match ended up going to overtime. Comroe completed the comeback with a quick takedown in extra time.
“Chris did exactly what he had to do at the end of the match,” Beard said. “The clock didn’t start, but that wasn’t what beat the kid. Chris Comroe beat the kid.”
The Devils were trailing just 33-27, within a pin’s reach of tying the Bulldogs, as Eagle Valley’s Rafael Gurule met Palisade’s Tristen Holmes at 145 pounds. Gurule dominated the match, leading 12-2 during the third. Gurule went for the pin and six points, pile-driving Holmes into the mat. Local veteran referee Steve Jaramillo called that move an illegal hold, and after Holmes could not recover in the allotted two minutes, Gurule was disqualified, giving the six match points to Palisade.
Beard agreed with the call, but called the result “unfortunate.”
‘Dogs love scraps’
Earlier in the evening, the Devils routed Battle Mountain, 55-12. The Huskies also fell to Palisade. However, Battle Mountain got some individual wins.
“I see a lot of positives,” Huskies coach Angelo Vasquez said. “We got our escapes. We got our takedowns. We won some matches. We’re still young. We’ve got a lot of work as a team. We’ve got to fight for every scrap we get. Dogs love scraps.”
Battle Mountain heads to Soroco for a tournament on Saturday. Meanwhile, Eagle Valley is at the Grand Junction Duals.
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