Huskies win two out of three with small squad
RIFLE – Before the first match took place, Rifle already had a 42-0 lead on the scoreboard. The Battle Mountain wrestling team, depleted and down to three wrestlers due to injuries, people leaving the team and eligibility problems, had to surrender a seven forfeits but still managed to win two of the three matches on Thursday night against Rifle. The Bears came out of the meet on top however, beating the Huskies 45-7.
In the first of three matches, junior Abram Dennis earned the Bears’ only non-forfeit victory of the night by downing Sergio Sandoval by a 15-13 decision in the 160-pound weight class battle. Dennis came out ready to go right off the bat.”The kid (Dennis) scored five points right of the whistle and that was the difference in the match,” said Battle Mountain head coach Mike Anderson. “Otherwise, it would have been 3-for-3.”The 215-pounders took the mat next, with Rifle’s Brian Stallings going against Huskies’ Billy Shue. In Stallings’ first match since coming back from being sick before winter break, Shue took the first points, recording three through the first two periods. Shue then doubled his point total in the final period for a 9-0 major decision victory.”We definitely wanted to get Brian a match, so he can see where he is at,” said Rifle head coach John Wisniewski.
Bear Matt Pritt then went head-to-head with Battle Mountain’s Julian Quintana in a 130-pound showdown for the last match of the night.After Quintana rushed out to a 6-0 advantage after the first period, he just kept adding to it, earning a 15-2 major decision at the end of three periods.The win evened Quintana’s record on the night as he had lost the night’s lone exhibition match to Rifle’s Matt Barrett, who pinned Quintana in 3:57. Rifle decided to wrestle Pritt, a freshman who normally is a junior varsity wrestler, so it could count the newly-scheduled Feb. 1 dual against Moffat County toward its season record, instead of Thursday’s meet.
Battle Mountain will be on the road on Saturday at a tournament in Leadville.Rifle will host the Rifle Invitational Rumble in the Rockies tournament, where 10 teams will hit the mats, on Saturday.Prior to the start of Thursday’s meet, a moment of silence was taken for Tyler Carron and Nikko Landeros, two Berthoud High School wrestlers who were injured in a car accident earlier this week. Carron lost both of his legs at the knee and Landeros lost one and will have to have multiple surgeries on the other when the boys were smashed between two cars when trying to change a flat tire.
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