Youth is served as Devils wrestling beats Coal Ridge
Eagle Valley 60, Coal Ridge 24
145 pounds — Caleb Laisure, EV, forfeit.
152 — Eddy Baez, CR, pins Davis Ward, EV, 1:19.
160 — Jacx Powers, CR, pins Seth Kuhn, EV, 1:32
170 — Gage Clemons, CR, pins Justin Morrison, EV, 3:31.
182 — Marco Rodriguez, EV, forfeit.
195 — Gabe Baldwin, EV, pins Cody Harrington, CR, 1:41.
220 — Austin Craig, CR, forfeit.
Heavyweight — J.P. Velasco, forfeit.
106 — Luke Morrisey, EV, pins Dalton Bosworth, CR, 1:40.
113 — Bailey Beckum, EV, pins Kevin Nevarez, CR, 2:21.
120 — Austin Campbell, EV, forfeit.
126 — Trever LaFramboise, EV, pins Eric Devora, CR, 0:59.
132 — Noah Hermosillo, EV pins Lane Nelson, CR, 3:21.
138 — Raul Lopez, EV, forfeit.
GYPSUM — One has to watch two things at once with Eagle Valley wrestling.
There are the Devils wrestling on the mat, as they did efficiently in a 60-24 dual win over Coal Ridge on Thursday night in Gypsum. There’s also the large number of Devils on and around the bench as the Devils wrestle.
“The future is definitely very bright for Eagle Valley wrestling,” Devils coach Luke Cross said. “We have some current freshmen who are struggling to make the lineup because there are good guys ahead of them. At the same time, those freshmen are going to be good. Right now, we’re young and we’re going to continue to be young.”
Competition up in the room translates to good performances on the mat. With Thursday’s dual starting at 145 pounds, the Devils overcame an 18-6 deficit with a five straight wins on the mat as well as three forfeits to pull away from the Titans.
And as the weights flipped from heavyweight back down into the low-100s, Eagle Valley’s talent shined.
Welcome back, Trever
Trever LaFramboise (126 pounds) returned on Thursday night. He was recovering from a broken collarbone in during football.
“It’s not been good. I’d rather get on the mat and do it,” LaFramboise said of having to watch for the first third of the season. “Rehab has been a slow process. It felt real good to get on the mat and get the first one out of the way.”
LaFramboise needed all of 59 seconds to take care of Coal Ridge’s Eric Devora.
At 132, the Devils’ Noah Hermosillo had things under control against Lane Nelson with a 5-0 lead in the second period before recording the pin. Raul Lopez received a forfeit at 138 for the Devils to close it down.
The aforementioned trio has a combined five state-tournament appearances, and is a crew that should make things interesting as the Devils hit the stretch drive before regionals.
In the meantime, Thursday was also Senior Night, so Brandon Ehman, Arturo Diaz, Seth Kuhn and Lane Dobransky took their bows. With all that young talent in the Devils’ camp, these guys provide the leadership in the room.
While Cross loves all his seniors, he’s particularly proud of Kuhn, who won only one match his freshman year and is now a staple in the varsity lineup.
“It’s all because he believes in the system,” Cross said. “He works hard and is mentally strong. He’s been a great leader.”
The Devils are next in action on Saturday when they host the Eagle Valley Invitational.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.