Alamosa's Nick Jones tries to get a take down in the semifinals before going on to capture the 190 pound individual title.
Courier Sports Editor
ALAMOSA—Grappling action filled Alamosa High School on Saturday as the Mean Moose hosted ten teams in the 24th Annual Alamosa Invite tournament.
The No. 3 ranked team in Class 3A finished in third place in their home tournament with 146 points. Piedra Vista (N.M.) took the team crown with a team score of 199. Mesa Ridge took second with 177, in front of the Mean Moose.
Thunder Ridge took fourth with 117 1/2 points while Intermountain League rival Pagosa Springs claimed fifth with 89 1/2 points. Delta took sixth with 78 points, while Gateway (N.M.) finished seventh with 75 points. Rocky Ford, Castle View and John Mall rounded out the teams with 65 1/2, 62 and 23 1/2 points, respectively.
Piedra Vista became the first team from New Mexico to win the tournament since Aztec (N.M.) won in 2000, when current Panther Head Coach Levi Stout was in his senior season with Aztec.
Ten of Piedra Vista’s 14 wrestlers placed in the tournament, including four champions. Mesa Ridge had 11 placers but just one champion while Alamosa had three champions and eight placers.
The first championship of the night came at 106 pounds and pitted No. 2 seeded and state-ranked Tel Kelley up against Sam Sandoval of Piedra Vista. Both wrestlers had a back and forth battle with neither wrestler able to score in regulation.
As a 1-minute overtime period began, both teams locked up and looked like they would cause a stalemate but as Kelley was trying to sit up and lift Sandoval’s legs from around his arms, Sadoval locked his legs around Kelley’s neck. The officials immediately stopped the action and awarded Kelley the one point that was needed to get the sudden-death 1-0 win. The officials deemed it was an illegal move.
Thunder Ridge’s Kyndall Rutz won the 114-pound individual championship with a 16-4 major decision.
At 120 pounds, Jacob Palmgren, who transferred to Piedra Vista from Del Norte High School this season, won the individual championship. Last year, Palmgren was the 2012 Class 2A 106 pound champion at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Palmgren took on Alamosa’s No. 2 ranked Neff Malouff and the two put on a show for the cheering fans with Palmgren earning a 6-5 decision victory despite a last-minute comeback attempt by Malouff.
Thunder Ridge’s Lucas Rivas, Piedra Vista’s Anthony Juckes and Gateway’s Joshua Butler won the 126-pound, 132-pound and 138-pound championships, respectively.
Brandon Heredia won the third place match in the 138-pound bracket with a 5-0 decision over Rylan Houser of Castle View.
Gateway’s Deyaun Trueblood won a default victory at 145 pounds while Alamosa’s Dillon Vance lost an exciting 4-3 loss in the bracket to clinch fourth place.
Nate Henry was pinned in 47 seconds by Ryan Rino of Piedra Vista to take second at 152 pounds.
The Moose’s next wrestler came at 182 and No. 3 ranked Gunner Robinson nabbed a fall over John Ellsaesser of Piedra Vista in 3:06.
Nick Jones nabbed a 4-2 decision over James Garrett of Mesa Ridge at 195 pounds while Pablo Villarreal got a 4-3 decision in the third place match at 220 pounds.
An interesting note for the Mean Moose was that senior Kole Kelley pulled out of the tournament before the consolation semifinals because of injury.
The Mean Moose will continue their tournament action this week when they travel to Lafayette for the Centaurus Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Falcons finish third at Mel Smith Tourney
FLORENCE—Seven of the top 10 teams in Class 3A in Tim Yount’s On The Mat Rankings competed in the Mel Smith Husky Invite hosted by the Florence Huskies on Saturday. The No. 1 ranked Centauri Falcons joined the No. 6 ranked Monte Vista Pirates as two of the three Valley’s 3A teams in the tournament.
No. 2 ranked Valley won the tournament with 170 1/2 points just ahead of the Falcons, behind five second placers scored 163 1/2 points.
No 5 Brush, No. 10 Buena Vista and No. 9 Eaton rounded out the top five places with 122 1/2 points, 100 1/2 points and 89 points, respectively.
The Cañon City Tigers finished in sixth place with 88 points. The No. 6 ranked Monte Vista Pirates found themselves way back in 11th place of the 21-team tournament with 65 points.
Class 3A ranked teams include top-ranked Centauri, Valley (second), Brush, (fifth), Monte Vista (sixth), Holy Family (seventh), Eaton (ninth) and Buena Vista (10th). Among others will be the who are back after a two-year absence from the tournament.
A heated 106-pound championship unfortunately went against No. 1 ranked Diondre Garcia. Penalty points went against Garcia and he lost his first match of the season against No. 3 ranked Channing Lewis of Eaton. The final score was 6-1 in overtime. Garcia earned 21 1/2 points toward the team total.
Cody Cowan was the Pirate’s next placer as he went 3-2 on the day at 126 pounds to take fourth place. Austin Vance went 4-1 on the day to finish third for the Pirates.
JJ Duran (113 pounds), Daniel Borunda (132 pounds), Dillon Martinez (145 pounds) and Garrett Pacheco (152 pounds) each went 1-2 on the day for the Pirates. Jose Lopez (138 pounds), Issac Medina (182 pounds) and Matt Barnes (195 pounds) all were winless on the day.
The Falcons had six total placers including Jason Buhr as the only first place winner at 145 pounds. Buhr got a 21-5 technical fall over Erik Guy of Palmer Ridge.
No. 3 ranked Ethan Coombs at 126 pounds, fell to Joseph Prieto of Holy Family in 3:55. Shane Wilson was also pinned in the 138 pound championship match. He lost to Tyler Thalhammer of Palmer Ridge in 2:33.
No. 1 ranked Micah Keys lost a 9-7 decision to Ladd Bunker of Erie in the 160 pound championship match while No.1 ranked Jareb Aziz also lost a close match at 182 pounds. No. 2 ranked Koby Close of Buena Vista got a narrow 2-1 decision over Aziz.
No. 4 ranked Greg Martinez was the final placer for Centauri as he was pinned by Doran Richard in 4:13.
Patrick Esparsen, who went 4-1 on the day, did not place because he had already wrestled five matches on the day and forced into a double-forfeit at 106 pounds. Christopher Martin (132 pounds) and James Richardson (152 pounds) finished with 3-2 records while Jensen Hamilton (170 pounds) went 2-2.
Dylan Ross (113 pounds), Angelo Martinez (120 pounds) and Tylan Pavolovsky (195 pounds) finished with 1-2 records on the night. RJ Ruybal (220 pounds) went 0-2.
Both the Pirates and Falcons will be traveling to Garden City, Kan. for the Rocky Welton Wrestling Invitational. The 2-day tournament starts on Friday.
No. 6 Tigers win Rob Mickel Tourney
SALIDA—The No. 6 ranked Del Norte Tigers won the 19-team Rob Mickel Tournament here at Salida High School on Saturday. The Tigers were one of four San Luis alley Teams that made the trip up to Salida.
Out of 11 placers that the Tigers had, four of them placed in first place to help them garner 195 1/2 points. The host Spartans finished in second place with 143 points, just ahead of third place, Hotchkiss. They scored 139 points. The Cedaredge Bruins finished fourth with 119 points while the Center Vikings used eight placers to take fifth place. Their two first place finishers helped them score 117 1/2 points.
The Antonito Trojans had two placers to take 15th place with 34 points, just ahead of Mountain Valley. The Indians finished in 16th place with 33 points while Centennial tied with Manzanola with 11 points for 17th place.
Del Norte’s placers included Brett Fuller (sixth) at 106 pounds, Mac Mondragon (fifth) at 113 pounds, Keenan Martinez (fourth) at 120 pounds, Robert Gonzalez (third) at 126 pounds, Brennan Pacheco (second) at 145 pounds, No. 1 Shawn Beiriger (first) at 152 pounds, Jake Jolly (fifth) at 152 pounds, Austin McDonald (first) at 160 pounds, Tharen Smith (first) at 170 pounds, Brian Bothell (sixth) at 195 pounds and Shane Shaerin (first) at 285 pounds.
Antonito’s Scotty Vigil took second at 113 pounds; Noah Trujillo took fourth at 126 pounds,
Center had two placers at 113 pounds, Mauricio Paez (third) and Marcus Torres (sixth). No. 3 ranked Jose Angel Chavez won the 120-pound title and DeAngelo Martinez also won the 126-pound championship. Julio Maldonado of Center also placed at 126 pounds with a six place finish.
Gustavo Nungaray finished in third at 132 pounds while Jeremiah Moreno took fourth at 138 pounds.
Mountain Valley’s scorer was Justin Wilson finished fourth at 170 pounds while Brandon Garcia finished fourth at 195 pounds. Centennial’s Jose Cisneros finished fifth at 182 pounds.