Huskies wrestling has bright spots in loss to Glenwood
EDWARDS — There’s no way of sugarcoating it — Glenwood Springs wrestling took Battle Mountain to the woodshed, 64-9, on Thursday night in Edwards.
The Huskies gave up seven forfeits and went 2-4 against the Demons in actual matches contested; both squads were open at 182 pounds.
But for the rebuilding Huskies, there were some good moments.
Start with Rahul Neupane. He picked up the first win of his varsity career with a pin at 152 pounds.
“I feel so good,” Neupane said. “It’s so hard. You have to work a lot.”
There is no big celebration for Neupane as he and the rest of the Huskies wrestle on Saturday at Aurora Central, and the guy has to make weight again in fewer than 48 hours.
At 220 pounds, Battle Mountain’s Demetrio Velasco earned a 10-7 decision over Antonio Ordonez. Velasco wrestled at heavyweight last year, so the new division is quite a challenge.
At heavyweight, bouts focus much more on the upper body. At 220, everyone’s quicker and defending one’s legs becomes the priority.
“I have to go harder, work the speed,” Velasco said. “I don’t want to lose anymore.”
And while it was a tough result for the Huskies’ Arturo Macias, local wrestling fans got to see Glenwood’s Myles Wilson put on a clinic. Wilson, the defending 4A champ at 170, is wrestling at 182. With the Huskies fielding no one at that weight, Wilson went up to 195 and earned a technical fall against Macias.
“If he doesn’t win state, I want to shake the hand of the guy who does,” said Huskies coach Angelo Vasquez of Wilson, who will be off to wrestle at the University of Iowa next year.
In the meantime, Vasquez likes the work his young squad is doing.
“Rahul was down on himself a bit,” he said. “This will pick him up. Demetrio’s starting to catch on with the speed. The kids are out there giving everything they have. They’re wrestling hard. We can’t ask anymore as a coaching staff. When they show up everyday ready to rumble? Beautiful.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934.
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