Ewing, Kottenstette win titles at Eagle Valley Invitational
Vail, CO Colorado
GYPSUM ” Colt Ewing’s favorite college wrestling team is the Iowa Hawkeyes.
He attacked like he was wearing the black-and-gold of the NCAA powerhouse Hawkeyes on Saturday afternoon.
Ewing and teammate Matt Kottenstette helped lead the Devils to a fourth-place finish at the Eagle Valley Invitational in Gypsum. Ewing captured the title at 112 pounds, with Kottenstette taking the crown at 140. The Devils’ Andrew Hill also wrestled well, placing second at 135.
Longmont won the invite with four titles and 209 points overall.
“Those three kids in the finals for us, all year long, that’s the kids we’ve been hanging our hat on,” Eagle Valley coach Ron Beard said.
Using a fast, aggressive style, Ewing dominated the 112-pound bracket. He pinned all three of his opponents en route to the title. He spent only 4 minutes and 11 seconds on the mat in the tournament.
“That was the goal (to be aggressive),” Ewing said. “It’s a pretty important tournament. I got to do what I can to win.”
In title bout, Ewing wasted little time before going to work. He knifed in low on opponent Gavin Gomez of Broomfield to score an early takedown. Then Ewing used his strength to turn Gomez and record the pin at the 1-minute mark in the first period.
“I was just getting hand-control and working for the chicken-wing,” Ewing said. “He was fighting hard, so I just went the other way with it.”
Since moving to 112 pounds ” down from 119 ” at the Warrior Classic last month, Ewing’s been racking up the victories.
“The thing about Colt is he’ll bust you in the face, but he is patient,” Beard said. “He won’t force things.”
Kottenstette fights for victory
Kottenstette had to work a little harder for his title at 140 pounds. After taking a 5-0 lead early in his match against Broomfield’s Ben Krueger, Kottenstette suddenly found himself in a bad position. Krueger hit a reversal and then nearly pinned the Eagle Valley grappler.
For more than a minute, Kottenstette was doing everything in his power to not get stuck. Finally, the first-period buzzer sounded, giving him a much needed break.
“It’s pretty hard (to keep fighting) when they have it that tight around your throat,” Kottenstette said. “You can’t hear anything. You can’t breathe. You just have to think about how good it feels to win.”
Kottenstette regained control of the match in the second period to take an 8-5 lead. In the third, he wrapped Krueger in a cradle and put his shoulders to the mat for the win.
“The cradle is a pretty good move for me,” Kottenstette said. “I can get pretty much anybody in it if I get the chance. I don’t know, it’s my long arms, I guess.”
Hill takes second
Eagle Valley almost finished the day with three first-place medals, but Hill couldn’t overcome Cherry Creek’s Tanner Hirstine in the 135-pound final. The match went back-and-forth in the early going before Hirstine started to wear Hill down.
Two third period takedowns by Hirstine were enough to put the match away for a 7-2 victory.
“(Andrew) had a good day,” Beard said “Any time you get two wins, you can’t be upset about that.”
Eagle Valley’s other wrestlers also did well. Kris Moya notched two victories for the Devils at 103 pounds. Dakota West did the same at 125. Dustin Eachus had one win in the 119-pound bracket.
Nikk Soto and Miguel Dominguez both picked up a pair of wins at 160 for Eagle Valley.
Battle Mountain’s Ruacho, Madril takes third
The Devils weren’t the only local team to take home medals on Saturday. Battle Mountain’s Irving Ruacho and Manny Madril both finished third in their weight classes.
Wrestling at 112, Ruacho fought all the way through the loser’s bracket. He recorded three-straight wins, including a 14-10 decision over Broomfield’s Shane Blacs in the third-place match.
Madril took third by winning his last two matches of the day. In the bronze-medal bout, Madril scored a major decision, 11-1, for the victory.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.