Vail Valley preps: Wrestlers closing in on state tournament |

Vail Valley preps: Wrestlers closing in on state tournament

It’s a hard road to Colorado’s state wrestling meet, and you’ll walk it on your own or not at all.

Ron Beard and Desi Quintana coach Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain, respectively. They’ve walked it, and now they’re showing their wrestlers they way.

“In wrestling, there’s no one out there to help you. If you win you win, and if you lose you lose. You’re out there by yourself,” Quintana said.

Battle Mountain started preseason training with more than two dozen wrestlers. Seven survived, all doing whatever it takes, every day.

“We don’t have a big team, but we have big hearts. We’re 92-52 as team, much improved over last year, so things are looking up. They’re hard workers. We’re proud of them,” Quintana said.

Who wrestles and who doesn’t is not a judgment call. The French figure skating judge does not get to decide.

“Your training shows when you’re on the mat. In wrestling, out there alone for six minutes in the middle of the mat,” Beard said.

Better is better

The Devils traveled to Northglenn last weekend, finishing ninth in an 18-team field that boasted most of the state’s top 5A and 4A programs.

“We’ve always had that attitude. Throw them out against the very best and when you the to regionals the kids with the reputations don’t seem so imposing,” Beard said.

Matthew Kottenstette was second at 160 pounds.

Teammate Andy Armstrong was second at 189 pounds.

“Andy Armstrong getting to the finals was fantastic,” Beard said. “He had to beat the number two seed to get there.”

Eagle Valley’s Damien Atencio finished third at 103 pounds, Cole Nielsen was fourth at 145 pounds, and Joey Sanchez was fifth at 215 pounds.

Battle Mountain won a dual against West Grand and Soroco, winning by pins all the way through the 152-pound weight class.

The Huskies brought home four winners against West Grand: Wyatt Chism (119), Manny Madril (130), Robert Martinez (135) and Mario Rodriguez (140).

Minutes later, two pins and a series of decisions powered Battle Mountain by Soroco.

Battle Mountain traveled to Lake County last weekend for the Lake County Invitational, and brought home two champions.

Marcus Medina won at 112 pounds and Madril won at 130. To get his win, Madril pinned last year’s second place state 2A finisher last year.

Rodriguez and Martinez were both second at Lake County.

The Huskies go to Coal Ridge this weekend for a four-way meet.

The Devils traveled to Coal Ridge Thursday night to square off against Coal Ridge and Summit. They’re at the Abraham Lincoln Invitational this weekend, another tough tournament.

After that both the Huskies and Devils travel to the regional tournament down in Grand Junction.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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