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Eagle Valley wrestlers off to successful start

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado ” The young Eagle Valley wrestling team is growing up fast. The Devils are off to a strong start in their first two weeks of competition.

In their first dual of the year on Dec. 4, the Devils handled Battle Mountain, 60-12. Eagle Valley followed that up with a narrow loss to Glenwood Springs, 42-36, the same night.

Last Saturday, the Devils traveled to the Middle Park Invitational in Granby, placing four wrestlers in the tournament.

Eagle Valley used two falls and seven forfeits to win its opener against Battle Mountain. The Devils’ Colt Ewing answered a pin by the Huskies’ Irving Ruacho at 112 pounds, with one of his own at 119. Dakota West kept Eagle Valley rolling with another fall, this one coming in 4:30 over D.J. Medina.

In the 140-pound bout, Eagle Valley’s Damian Montes pinned Juan Gonzales in 3:53. In the last contested match of the night, the Huskies’ Mason Babcock notched a fall over Miguel Dominguez.

After the win over Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley lost a hard-fought dual with Glenwood Springs. Kris Moya got the Devils on the board at 103 pounds with a pin over Jose Cano in 1:03.

Ewing and Joey Bajza both scored decisions for Eagle Valley to knot the score 12-12. Andrew Hill put the Devils back on top with a pin in the 145-pound bout against Alex Moore. In the next match, Matt Kottenstette wasted no time, putting Taner Gianetti on his back in 38 seconds.

Tanner Hollis scored the Devils last win of the match at 189. Hollis pinned Connor Denney in 35 seconds.

Eagle Valley stayed busy last weekend at the Middle Park Invitational in Granby. Ewing, Hill, Bajza and Kottenstette all placed in the tournament.

In the 119-pound bracket, Ewing went 4-1 to take fourth place. Kottenstette had the same record at 145 for fourth place.

At 130 pounds, Bajza placed third after going 4-1 on the day. Hill also went 4-1 for third place, his matches coming at 140.

Despite not placing, Hollis also did well for the Devils. He went 2-1 at 189 before forfeiting his last match due to illness. Moay and Zach Wamboldt both recorded one victory in the tournament for Eagle Valley.

Eagle Valley is back in action today at the Palisade triangular.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.

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