Alamosa freshman Tyler Copley started the night off defeating Tanner Schlom at 106 pounds with a fall in 1:33.
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Courier Sports Editor
ALAMOSA—The Alamosa Mean Moose opened up Intermountain League action with a decisive 50-30 win over the Pagosa Springs Pirates here at Alamosa High School on Thursday night.
Alamosa, who just returned home from Peoria, Ariz. where they finished ninth place, had newly revamped middle lineup for the dual meet.
“We didn’t have Gunner (Robinson) and he would have scored a lot of points for us,” said Alamosa Head Coach Gary Ramstetter. “Some of our junior varsity wrestlers didn’t show up for Christmas break so that also hurt us a little bit.”
The new middle lineup sports Julian Salazar at 160 pounds, Chris Aguirre at 170 pounds and Gunner Robinson at 182 pounds. “We are struggling to try and get our best lineup out there,” explained Ramstetter. “It is still not final but we are getting there.”
Alamosa started the dual off with a 38-0 lead. The first match was between freshman Tyler Copley and Tanner Schlom at 106 pounds. After two takedown points by Copley, he was able to turn him over for a fall in 1:33 to take a 6-0 lead.
Alamosa jumped out to a 18-0 lead as they collected forfeits at 113 pounds and 120 pounds. At 113 pounds, Luis Flores got the win and at 120 pounds David Gallegos was awarded the six points.
Neff Malouff, who was originally announced to wrestle at 120 pounds, was shifted down and took on the 126 pound match instead of Michael Cruz. Malouff made easy work of Chris Archuleta by getting a 17-0 technical fall in 3:37.
After taking a 4-1 lead into the second quarter, senior Kole Kelley got the pin in 2:59 over Dalton Gregory at 132 pounds.
In the 138 pound bout, Brandon Heredia and Michael Mills wrestled to a scoreless first period. 30 seconds into the period, Heredia was able to turn Mills over attempt to get a fall. The two grapplers struggled for exactly a minute before the referee granted the pin in 2:31.
The 152-pound match was probably the fastest match of the night Cody Snow got the Pirates on the board with a fall in 45 seconds.
Once again the first period of the 160 pound match ended with a 0-0 score. As time wound down in the second period, it looked like Salazar would get the win as he lifted Pagosa Spring’s Chase Percell and looked like he would get a takedown and pin.
That plan quickly backfired as Percell countered and got the pin in 3:48.
The 170 pound match was a back and forth affair with the two wrestlers trading reversals before David McRee got a pin with 5:37 showing on the clock.
At 182 pounds, Robinson flexed his muscle as he quickly gave Morgan Sheton a 1-0 lead by performing an illegal move when he slammed down. He only needed 1:05 to get the fall.
Nick Jones scored another fall when he pinned Chase Patton in the 195 pound match. It took 3:24 to get the fall after he was ahead 10-0.
Alamosa lost the next two matches. At 220 pounds, Alonzo Hernadez pinned Joey Gile in 1:14 while Creede Wiley pinned Brandon Ratcliffe in 2:53.
Alamosa returns to action on Saturday when they travel down to Rio Rancho High School to have a dual with Cleveland High School. The first match is set to start at 2 p.m.
They will then return to IML action on Thursday when they host the Centauri Falcons.