Vail Valley preps:Devils take down Coal Ridge on Senior Night
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley wrestling without a Ewing on the team?
That’s like the Vail Mountain School not wearing orange or Battle Mountain without hockey or Vail Christian without a member of Francis or the Ellsworth clans playing sports or Eagle Valley football with no John Ramunno.
That’s just not right. (Fear not, Big John isn’t going anywhere.)
But it was Senior Night for Eagle Valley wrestling Thursday as the Devils dispatched Coal Ridge, 55-18, and yes, it was Colt Ewing’s last appearance at home along with fellow senior Sergio Contreras. With B.J., Mason and Colt, Ewings, however, have simply been a staple of Devils wrestling.
“It isn’t right. I don’t know how we’re going to cope,” Eagle Valley coach Ron Beard joked. “Colt’s going. Next year, it’s (Matt) Kottenstette. We’ll need a whole new bunch.”
And undoubtedly, that will come, but in the meantime, Thursday evening started with Ewing having an exhibition bout against Coal Ridge’s Josh Cronin. Ewing recorded the pin in 51 seconds.
All in all, it was a brief evening with the Devils receiving seven forfeits and the visiting Titans getting two. Eagle Valley won three of the four official matches in the dual.
At 103 pounds, Damien Atencio got a start for Eagle Valley in place of Taylor Wheeler, who was out with the flu. Atencio went the full six minutes with Coal Ridge’s Tucker Schultz, earning a tight 5-3 decision.
The Devils’ Kris Moya got the win against the Titans’ Collin Carbone, 15-4. The highlight for Coal Ridge came when Neal Schultz picked up a pin against Eagle Valley’s Cole Nielsen in 1:11 at 130 pounds.
“Neal’s a ranked wrestler in the state, so he’s doing a real nice job,” Coal Ridge coach Mike Mikalakis said. “He’s just working forward. He’s going to wrestle 30s at regionals this year. All the other kids did a nice job. We’re just looking at the little victories every time.”
To round out the evening, Eagle Valley’s Dakota West pinned Cronin in 23 seconds.
Coal Ridge heads to Grand Valley Friday and Olathe Saturday for 3A Slope duels. Meanwhile, Eagle Valley will split its team. The younger kids are going to the Mountain Range Dual Tournament, while the older Devils are off to the Abe Lincoln Tournament.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.