Huskies wrestling puts up a fight |

Huskies wrestling puts up a fight

EDWARDS – They say half of life is showing up.

And that would explain Battle Mountain wrestling’s losses to Clear Creek, 42-30, and to Summit County, 55-24, in Thursday’s home triangular. The lopsided nature of the scores were primarily due to the fact that the Huskies don’t field wrestlers in every weight class and surrender a ton of forfeits, which are worth six points each to their opponents in duals.

But half of Battle Mountain wrestling’s life is showing up, as well. Amid a sea of forfeits, the Huskies won more matches than they lost Thursday and, on a bigger level, are battling daily in practice and against opponents to improve themselves individually and as a team.

“I’ve just seen big improvement from all the kids,” Huskies coach Desi Quintana said. “From the beginning of our first day of practice, the majority of these kids didn’t even know how to shoot. Now they’re winning. Hector (Aguire), the first time he came out, he didn’t even want to wrestle. But his brother convinced him to wrestle, so he did it. He’s looking great. He had two pins tonight.”

Aguire took down Clear Creek’s Mason Vallez at 132 pounds in 2 minutes, 56 seconds, as the Huskies won three of four matches contested against the Gold Diggers. Alex Ramirez pinned Val Romine at 182 pounds and needed only 35 seconds to do so. Michael El-Biter won his bout at 113 against Clear Creek’s Chris Cole by pin.

Against Summit, Jared Gustafson recorded a pin at 3:30 against 120-pounder, Alex Veleta.

These aren’t earth-shaking wins but little and necessary ones toward the ultimate goal – qualifying a kid for state. The Huskies broke through last year, sending Manny Madril, their first representative at the Pepsi Center in a long time.

“I want a kid to get to state. I’m really hoping Alex (Ramirez) steps it up and places,” Quintana said. “If Mario Rodriguez comes back from his hurt leg and starts practicing hard, he might have a chance. It just depends who shows up.”

Quintana went on to name pretty much his whole roster. An optimist? Probably, yet he’s trying to build a program. And, by the by, regionals are at Eagle Valley, which is not necessarily a home meet but a lot closer to home than they have been in recent memory.

“Hopefully, we’ll get some people to support them and get people to watch what we’re doing,” Quintana said. “We might not have a full team, but we have a lot of wins.”

Battle Mountain’s season continues up in Lake County on Saturday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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