Monte Vista's Jeffrey Cooper begins to lift Alamosa's Brandon Heredia on Thursday night. Cooper got an early lead with three slams but Heredia made a comeback and won the match 8-6 in overtime to help Alamosa defeat Monte Vista 56-16.
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Courier Sports Editor
MONTE VISTA—The No. 3 ranked Alamosa Mean Moose dominated the No. 6 ranked Monte Vista Pirates and clinched a 56-16 Intermountain League Dual win over the Pirates on Parents’ Night.
Alamosa cashed in on four forfeits to help them jump out to a 44-0 lead.
The opening match of the night was at 145 pounds and had Alamosa’s Dillon Vance against Dollon Martinez. Vance made easy work of Martinez and nabbed a pin in 59 seconds.
At 152 pounds, Julian Salazar wrestled Monte Vista senior Garrett Pacheco. Pacheco had a strong start to the match by getting an early take down. His attempts at several tilts were not successful and Salazar got a reversal to tie the match up at two. Pacheco took a 3-2 advantage with an escape in the final seconds of the first period.
The second period started off with a takedown by Pacheco, however, Salazar was able to capture a reversal and capitalized with five points worth of back point attempts to take a 9-5 advantage. He would cap off all the scoring with a late escape giving him a 10-5 decision and pushing the team score to 9-0.
Alamosa’s Chris Aguirre wrestled up a weight and took on Issac Medina in the 182 pound match. Aguirre controlled the matchup through the end and was able to capture a 16-0 technical fall as time expired in the match.
Nick Jones nabbed a pin in 1:05 over Monte Vista’s Matt Barmes in the 195 pound match.
Nate Henry (160), Zekal Bernal (170), Joey Gile (220) and Brandon Ratcliffe (285) each received forfeits to help push the score to 44-0.
The biggest match of the night was supposed to be the 106-pound match where Tel Kelley, who is ranked No. 1 and No. 2 Diondre Garcia were supposed to face off. Unfortunately, Kelley was not cleared to wrestle because of an injury.
The Moose coaching staff originally placed freshman Tyler Copley in the slot to wrestle Garcia but as the match was getting ready to start, they decided to pull Copley out and gave Garcia a forfeit to make the score 44-6.
In the 113 pound match, Monte Vista’s JJ Duran used an early takedown and three near-fall points to stake him out to a 5-0 lead. That lead would stand as Duran nabbed another take down and two near-fall points in the second quarter and another three near fall-fall points to cap off the 11-3 win.
No. 1 ranked Neff Malouff dominated the 120-pound match as he had an 11-0 lead after the first period. In the second period, Malouff easily had the technical fall with a minute remaining, but he kept the tilt on and finally caught a fall in 3:22.
Chris Keller was originally announced to represent Alamosa in the 126 pound match, but once again, Alamosa decided to pull him out. That gave Cody Cowen a forfeit.
Since his brother did not have the match of the night, Alamosa senior Kole Kelley and Brandon Heredia decided they would make up for it in the final two matches.
First off was Kelley in the 132-pound match as he was pitted against Daniel Borunda. The two locked up and could not score a point until about 20 seconds remained and Borunda got the upper hand and took a 2-0 lead into the second period.
After choosing the down position, Kelley was able to get a 1-point escape. The two could not get another take down and as the second quarter finished Borunda had a 2-1 lead.
As that quarter ended, Kelley was still lying on his back and the injury time started. After 1:15 of the 1:30 injury time allotted, he was able to make it back to the mat to start the third period.
In that third quarter, Borunda chose the down position. Kelley, who was clearly doing all he could to allow an escape, was able to get a tilt and two near-fall points as time expired for a 3-2 decision.
The final match, 138, had Heredia facing off with Jeffery Cooper. It looked like the Pirates were going to get an easy win as Cooper flexed his muscles and slammed Heredia down three times. The third time was deemed to be an illegal slam as Heredia was stunned and needed a couple of seconds to recuperate.
Cooper carried a 5-2 lead into the second period but Heredia was able to close the gap to 5-4 after a takedown late.
Heredia chose to start in the top position and was able to successfully keep a tiring Cooper down for 1:30 where Cooper barely got an escape to make the score 6-4. After a stalling warning was given to Cooper, Heredia took advantage of his defensive approach and got a takedown with 12 seconds left tie the match at 6.
Heredia only needed 20 seconds in the overtime period to get the match-winning takedown.
This past weekend Alamosa participated in the prestigious Top of the Rockies tournament that was hosted by Centaurus High School at Lafayatte.
The Mean Moose, who only took seven varsity wrestlers, took 20th place in the 33-team tournament with only two placers. As a team they scored 55 1/2 points. The overall team winner of the tournament was Grand Island (Neb.) with 196 1/2 points, just two points ahead of Broomfield, who scored 194 1/2 points.
The highest placer for the Mean Moose was Malouff, who opened the tournament with an 11-0 major decision over Roosevelt’s Tyler Francis before he was defeated in the next round and forced into the consolation bracket.
On the bottom of the bracket, Mauloff won three straight matches to find himself in the third-place match where he nabbed a 9-2 decision over Sheridan’s Levi Maes for the victory.
The next placer was Gunner Robinson, who easily made his way to the 182-pound championship semifinals before he was defeated by eventual tournament champion Kyle Couch of Mead. Robinson could not continue in the championship round and he was eliminated because of an injury default. Despite the injury default he had won enough matches in the championship side to move into the fifth place match. He did not wrestle in the match but he did get sixth place.
At 132 pounds, Kole Kelley lost his opening round match to move down to the consolation where he nabbed a 4:43 fall before he was eliminated from the tournament by D’Evelyn’s Devon Zavala by a 10-0 major decision.
At 138 pounds, Heredia nabbed an opening-round 15-0 technical fall before he lost 12-7. After a 3:18 pin, he was eliminated.
Salazar won his first consolation match with a pin in 48 seconds before nabbing an 8-6 win before he was eliminated at 145.
Henry could not capitalize on a 17-1 technical fall and a forfeit as he was quickly removed.
Jones did not have an impressive tournament as he opened up the 195-pound bracket by getting pinned in 1:18 he was immediately pinned in his next match.
Alamosa will be on the road for their final varsity tournament before the regional meet which will be held at Monte Vista High School.
Falcons trounce Pirates in IML dual
LA JARA—The No. 1 ranked Centauri Falcons easily defeated the Pagosa Springs Pirates, 57-13, on Thursday night.
The Falcons got pins from Tylan Pavolovsky (195), Patrick Esparsen (106), Dylan Ross (113), Ethan Coombs (126), and Micah Keys (160) to help them jump out to a huge lead.
The Falcons lost the 220-pound match when RJ Ruybal was pinned, the 285 pound match when Greg Martinez lost a 2-1 decision and at 138 pounds where Shane Wilson fell 12-4.
Some of the other matches that Head Coach Randy Keys noted were some good matches included the 285 pound match where Greg Martinez nabbed a 2-1 decision, the 132-pound match where Chris Martin got a 13-10 decision over Michael Miller and the 145-pound match where Juanito Romero defeated Keith Archuleta. Keys also noted that the 152-pound match came down to the final seconds when James Richards scored an escape to defeat Cody Snow 13-12.
The Falcons will be back in action on Saturday when they host their Dual Tournament.