Centauri Head Coach Randy Keys' Centauri Falcons defeated the Monte Vista Pirates 54-14 on Thursday night. Keys, who is joined by his son Micah and assistant coach Jason Coombs, will be retiring from coaching at the end of the season.
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LA JARA—Centauri Head Coach Randy Keys capped off the home dual portion of his coaching career with a win here Thursday night at Centauri High School as the No. 1 ranked Falcons defeated the No. 6 ranked Monte Vista Pirates 54-14 in Intermountain League action.
Centauri Athletic Director Brian Loch announced to the assembled crowd during pre-dual Parent Days’ festivities that this season will be Keys’ last season as head coach and this was his last home dual. Keys, who began his coaching career at Antonito High School in 1982, will be retiring after 13 seasons with the Falcons. During his tenure with Centauri, Keys has led the Falcons to three state titles and seeks his fourth one in two weeks.
The night started off looking grim for the Falcons as No. 3 ranked Diondre Garcia of Monte Vista dominated Patrick Esparsen. He nabbed a 16-0 technical fall in 3:34 to give the Pirates a 5-0 lead.
There was no 113-pound match but Centauri rebounded with a 14-6 decision from Angelo Martinez over Gavin Burk.
Cody Cowan had a huge match at 126 pounds as he nabbed a 3-1 decision over Ethan Coombs to make the score 8-3.
The Falcons then got a pin from Christopher Martin to give them a 9-8 lead, a lead they would not relinquish. The pin came over Daniel Borunda in 3:25.
Shane Wilson shut out Jeffery Cooper in the 138 pound match with a 2-0 decision before Jason Buhr pinned Jose Lopez in 3:17 to extend Centauri’s lead to 18-8.
James Richardson was pinned by Garrett Pacheco at 152 pounds n 1:15 to close the gap to 18-14.
Unfortunately, the Falcons scored six points in each of the final six matches. Four of them came off forfeits as Micah Keys (160), Jensen Hamilton (170), RJ Ruybal (220) and Greg Martinez (285) were victorious. The other two came in pins. Jareb Aziz pinned Issac Medina at 182 pounds in 1:26 before Tylen Pavlovsky pinned Matt Barmes in the 195 pound match in 2:42.
The Falcons will be in action today (Friday) when they make up a January dual at Bayfield. They then travel up to Canon City on Saturday for a duals tournament. It will be their final tune-ups before the regional tournament in Monte Vista.
“Hopefully we can focus on getting consistent, we have some guys that wrestle good at times but we need to build some constancy,” said Randy Keys. “We will look at film and work on what we need to fix, if they don’t know what’s going on now, it’s too late.”
Moose down Bayfield in IML finale
BAYFIELD— No. 3 ranked Alamosa ended their dual and regular season with a 57-15 Intermountain League win over the Bayfield Wolverines here at Bayfield High School on Thursday evening.
The night started with Tyler Copley (106) and Tel Kelly (113) being victorious by forfeit to help Alamosa jump out to a 12-0 lead.
The first match that took place was at 120 pound and Alamosa's Neff Malouff made easy work of Tyler Beebe and scored a 16-0 technical fall.
The Wolverines got on the board with a forfeit at 126 pounds before Kole Kelly nabbed a 14-0 major decision over Allec Rodriguez to make the score 21-6.
Brandon Heredia got bloodied up in the 138-pound match but he was able to defeat Drake Rhodes 9-5.
Dillon Vance was defeated by Joe Zink at 138 pounds before Nate Henry rebounded for the Moose with a 16-0 technical fall over Ian Hermanns at 152 pounds.
Zeke Bernal was on the winning side of a forfeit at 160 pounds before Chris Aguirre pinned James Young in 38 seconds at 170 pounds.
Gunner Robinson also got a pin in 38 seconds, however, it came at 182 pounds and over Michael Goodman.
Nick Jones needed just 20 seconds to get a pin on Dom Brittan at 195 pounds. Pablo Villarreal nabbed a 14-1 major decision over Matt Cerdas at 220 pounds.
Brandon Ratcliffe appeared to have an easy win for Alamosa as he lifted Matt Eckstein early in the mat, however a reversal helped Bayfield win the final match with a pin in 3:18.
Alamosa is now off until the regional tourney in Monte Vista.