Huskies grapplers have strong performances
That rule doesn’t specifically apply to Jason Wooley (140 pounds) and Zac Rice at 152, who had great outings at Saturday’s Buena Vista Dual Tournament. But the point remains the same. The Huskies traditionally have struggled to fill the full 14-man lineup, and that costs them on the scoreboard.
That was the story for Battle Mountain, whose wrestlers were very competitive when they got to the mat at Buena Vista, but posted a 1-4 record at the tournament.
“It was a bad weekend to have a dual tournament with the ACTs going on. We had a few other reasons why students weren’t there,” Huskies coach Jason Dutton said. “This is the best team we’ve had in the last three years. It’s just a matter of getting them all out there at the same time.”
Wooley gives reason for optimism with a 4-1 personal mark and four pins.
“Wooley’s just worked really hard in the offseason. Last year was his first year and he’s really bought into wrestling,” Dutton said. “He’s doing everything he can to get better and it’s showing. He’ll only get better.”
And enter the new kid on the block, Zac Rice, who impressed with three wins.
“Zac is new to our program this year. He’s just an aggressive kid, who with more experience, will do really well,” Dutton said. “Basically, right now, he’s just overpowering guys. He doesn’t have a lot of experience. But, after Christmas, we hope he’ll get some more experience.”
The Huskies started the day with a 64-9 loss to Centauri, which ended up winning the tournament. Heavyweight Cody Stackpole picked up a win over Martin Maez with a first-period pin. Rudy Frausto overcame a 7-0 deficit to knock of Aaron Quinlan 9-7.
In actual contested matches against St. Mary’s, the Huskies went 2-2, but ended up losing 54-29 because of forfeits. Fran Saucedo picked up a 12-3 win at 125 over Jacob Larsen.
Against Lake County, the Huskies went 4-1, but lost on the scoreboard 42-39. Rice and Wooley had pins, while Frausto recorded a good win over Camille DuPont, 7-4. Dan Trujillo picked up a pin over Louis Chavez.
After a 48-41 loss to Steamboat, the Huskies beat Estes Park 36-18, courtesy of pins from Wooley and Rice.
The Huskies travel to Summit County tonight for a dual. First match is at 6 p.m.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.