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SLV grapplers have strong opening weekend

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 5th, 2012

In spite of being injured in his first two bouts, Alamosa senior Kole Kelley won his final four matches Saturday in the Rocky Ford Duals. The Moose 132-pounder split open his right eyebrow in his first match and had to forfeit after the bleeding couldn’t be stopped before the blood and injury time limits ran out. He was slammed to his back in his second match, but still recovered in time to win out. Courier Photo by Keith R. Cerny

Courier Sports Editor

SAN LUIS VALLEY—The 2012 prep wrestling season opened up this past weekend with several San Luis Valley wrestling teams participating in tournaments throughout Colorado. As the weekend worked out the Valley’s Class 3A schools had the best results because all three of them finished in second place.

Falcons finish second at Pine Creek

COLORADO SPRINGS—The Centauri Falcons, who were ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in Tim Yount’s On The Mat Preseason Rankings, finished second in the Battle of the Best at Pine Creek on Saturday. The host school, who is ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, took the overall championship with 173 points while the Falcons collected 160.5 points. Pueblo South, who is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, took third place with 156 points.

The Falcons had ten placers in the tournament but they were led by senior Micah Keys and sophomore Jareb Aziz, both were tournament champions in their respective weight classes. Keys, who is ranked No. 1 at 152 pounds, was champion at 160 pounds while Aziz, who is individually ranked No. 2, won the 182 pound weight class.

Junior Jason Buhr captured second place in the 152-pound competition even though he is ranked No. 1 at 145 pounds, while Greg Martinez took third place at 285 pounds. He is ranked No. 3 in that weight class.

Ethan Coombs, ranked fourth in Class 3A, took fourth place at 126 pound and Shane Wilson, also ranked No. 4, took fourth place at 138 pounds while Patrick Esparsen, who is ranked No. 3 individually, took fifth at 106 pounds.

Dylan Ross (113 pounds), Jenson Hamilton (170 pounds) Tylan Pavlovsky (192 pounds) and Ron Ruybal (220 pounds) all finished in sixth place.

“It was a good tournament overall. We were able to fill every weight class, I think it was only the second time since I have been coach that we have been able to do that,” said Centauri Head Coach Randy Keys. “Some of the bigger schools were missing several of their studs, but even with that it was a good tournament.”

This next week the Falcons will be in action at the Palmer Ridge Dual’s Tournament. “This will be good for some of our kids who are normally out in the first two rounds,” explained Keys.

Pirates, Vikings compete in La Junta

LA JUNTA— The Center Vikings and the Monte Vista Pirates participated in the Frankmore Duals Tournament in La Junta this past weekend. The Vikings went 2-5 on the 2-day tournament while the Pirates went 6-1.

The Pirates, who are ranked No. 6 in Class 3A, won every dual on the day except for their match with the La Junta Tigers. They ended up losing that match by a final score of 36-35. Some of their notable wins on the weekend including defeating the Trinidad Miners, 65-18, the Swink Lions, 46-19, the Florence Huskies, 52-27 and Center, 42-23.

The Pirates had five wrestlers that went a perfect 7-0. They included the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 106 pounds, Diondre Garcia, JJ Duran at 113 pounds, Cody Cowan at 132 pounds, Jacob Vance at 138 pounds, and Simon Schaefer at 170 pounds. Austin Vance, who is ranked No. 1 at 160 pounds, finished the weekend with a 5-2 record.

The Vikings competed in four duals on Friday where they competed against Swink, Pueblo County, Gunnison, and Monte Vista.

“Some guys who stood out on the first night were Jose Angel Chavez, Jeremy Moreno, DeAngelo Martinez as well as Jeremiah Moreno and Gustavo Nungaray. As a team we fared well,” said Center Head Coach Brian Ullary. “By us giving up three weight classes in each dual we weren’t able to match well to other teams.”

Chavez is ranked No. 3 in Class 2A at 120 pounds while Moreno is ranked No. 4 at 126 pounds.

On Saturday the Vikings competed in three duels against Florence, La Junta and Trinidad. “Against these three teams we gave up the same weights and had the same results in team scores,” said Ullary. “Guys that stood out on this day were Luis Mariscal as well as the kids that were mentioned for Friday’s results. Overall they participated and competed well. We got a lot of work still to do to improve.”

Grizzly Invitational

The Centennial-San Luis Rams, the Antonito Trojans, Mountain Valley and the Sargent Farmers wrestling teams all participated in the Grizzly Invitational hosted by Fowler High School on Saturday. Also joining them was the Centauri and Monte Vista Junior Varsity squads.

The Mountain Valley Indians were the highest finishing varsity team from the Valley with 84 points. They had a second place finisher at 180 pounds.

The Rams finished the tournament with 59.5 points and had two wrestlers finish in second place, one at 145 pounds and another at 195 pounds.

Antonito finished right behind them with 52 points while Sargent finished with 40 points. The Farmers were led by Zach Morgan, who is ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, won the 220 pound championship.

The Falcon’s JV squad finished with 95 points behind two champions while the Pirate’s JV finished with 32 points.

Alamosa finishes second at Rocky Ford Duals

ROCKY FORD—The Alamosa Mean Moose team that is ranked No. 4 in Class 3A opened up their crusade to defend their state championship on Saturday in the Rocky Ford Duals.

The Mean Moose finished in second place by falling to Pueblo Centennial by two points, 39-37.

The Mean Moose started off the tournament by defeating Baca County 41-31. They easily defeated Dodge City 48-23 before defeating Pueblo East 42-33.

The Mean Moose jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the championship match before they allowed the Bulldogs to get a score. Josh Hernandez suffered a pin in 3:33. Chris Aguirre countered that with a 50-second pin before Nick Jones was pinned in 1:54. Pablo Villareal got pinned in 4:40 to make it a 2-point contest.

Another pin at 285 pounds gave the Bulldogs a 24-20 lead and they extended the lead to 30-20 with a forfeit at 106 pounds. Tel Kelley got the Moose back on the winning track with a pin in 1:14 before allowing another pin. They would charge back with a 16-0 tech fall from Neff Malouff and a Kole Kelley pin in 2:46.

The final match of the day was a nail-biter that saw the Mean Moose’s Michael Cliff fall by a score of 10-6.

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