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Moose grapplers tame Cyclones in dual action

Posted: Friday, Dec 7th, 2012

Alamosa's Dillon Vance gets a takedown on Pueblo West's Josh Patterson in Thursday night's 152-pound match up.

Courier Sports Editor

ALAMOSA—The Alamosa Mean Moose wrestling team made easy work of the Pueblo West Cyclones in an early season dual on Thursday night. Alamosa cashed in on five falls and three forfeits to get the 51-24 win over their former league foe.

Alamosa, who is ranked No. 4 in the Class 3A polls that were released last week, jumped out to an 18-6 lead with sophomore Tel Kelley, David Gallegos and senior Neff Malouff getting six points each via forfeit. The Cyclones got their six points to open up the night when Jacob Villalobos pinned freshman Tyler Copley in 1:46.

In the 132-pound match-up, senior Kole Kelley and Travis Myers battled into the third quarter before Kelley was able to get the fall. In the 5:25 of action before the fall, Kelley found himself up 9-0. The fall put Alamosa up 24-6.

Pueblo West’s Eric Romero got an 8-1 decision over Sam Marquez in the 138-pound match. The 145-poind match up was the closest of the night. Brandon Heredia represented Alamosa and Austin Heim represented the Cyclones.

Heim opened the first period with a takedown only to allow Heredia to escape and get a takedown of his own to take a 3-2 lead into the second period. Heredia opened up the period in the top position and in the middle a flurry of flips and flops made for the referee to award both wrestlers with reversals to make the score 5-4 entering the final period.

Heim gave up a point as he let Heredia get an escape to make it 6-4 in favor of Heredia. The two grappled until Heim got a takedown with 20 second remaining to tie the match at 6. A riled up crowd got loud when Heredia was able to get an escape with four seconds left. A close call went in favor of the Cyclones as time expired as Heim was awarded a takedown as the two wrestlers fell out of the ring. The 8-7 decision made the team score 24-12 in favor of the Moose.

Dillon Vance got Alamosa back on the winning track in the 152-pound match with a pin over Josh Patterson in 2:25.

The 160-pound match was a close fought battle between Nate Henry and Jacob Morin. As the final period played out, Henry outscored Morin 6-0 when he got an escape, a takedown and three near-fall points to get the come-from-behind 8-6 decision to make the team score 33-12.

Josh Gonzalez controlled the beginning of 170-pound match and even had a 7-0 lead but made a costly move. Kaleb Smitz got the reversal and eventual fall in 1:50.

Like Gonzalez, Chris Aguire led most of the 182-pound match before a reversal in the second doomed him. Kyle Blodwartz got a pin over Aguire in 3:10.

Alamosa then closed out the night with three straight pins. Nick Jones the fall in 1:30 in the 195-pound match before Pablo Villarreal got the 1:09 fall in the 220 match. Brandon Ratcliffe closed out the night with a 1:24 pin in the 285 match.

“We have some young guys,” said Alamosa Head Coach Gary Ramstetter. “Our big guys are coming along pretty well, Pablo (Villarreal) hasn’t wrestled very long but he is really coming along.”

The Mean Moose will be in action on Saturday when they travel to Pueblo East High School for the Pueblo East Invitational. Their next home dual won’t be until January 10 when they host Pagosa Springs.

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