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Huskies, Devils advance a pair

Chris Freud

Battle Mountain went 2-for-2 Thursday to open the 4A state wrestling meet in Denver.

The big surprise was Rudy Frausto, who upset Mountain View’s Joey Espinoza, 12-10. Tied at 10 with 13 seconds to go, the 119-pounder shot toward Espinoza and recorded the two-point takedown with three seconds left in regulation.

Heavyweight Cody Stackpole had no problems with Pine Creek’s Brian Watterson, pinning him in 1:12.

“It was a very good day,” Huskies coach Marvin Sandoval said. “They just wrestled very aggressively. I think they opened a few people’s eyes.”

It was a tough opening day at state for 3A Eagle Valley. The Devils went 2-6 in their first-round matches. At 103, B.J. Jaramillo picked up a win, pinning Eaton’s Chaise Geist, while Tim Reitz (145) recorded a 5-3 decision over Matt Brozek, also of Eaton.

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At 125, Mason Ewing lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Colorado Springs Christian’s Andy Griffith. Centauri’s Joel Polkowske recorded a tech fall against B.J. Ewing (130). At 140, Valley’s Isaac Rodriguez defeated

Chris Best, 11-4. Bennett’s Isaac Copeland took care of Chris Harvey at 152. Carlos Contreras of Lamar edged Brendan Best, 4-2, and in the 215 division, Trinidad’s Lance Stuht pinned Brian Saldana in 3:15.

The good news for Eagle Valley is that all six wrestlers can wrestle their way back to the podium in the next two days.

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