Colton Liddell gets both legs and gives Jordan Martin some elevation . Liddell took a 15-1 decision thanks in part to four take downs.
LA JARA — Thursday night was Centauri’s last home dual. They would be tasked with taking down the OnTheMat number one ranked Alamosa’s Mean Moose. The Moose proved too much under the lone spotlight taking a 52-21 victory.
Bennie Chacon got things going right away and riled up the home crowd when he defeated Logan Thompson at 220 lbs. With neither wrestler scoring in the first period Chacon’s take down in the second gave the Centauri junior a pronounced lead that he would continue building all the way to the 7-3 decision to give the Falcons 3 team points.
Preston Duran struck back for the Moose when he defeated Casey Fringer in the Heavyweight class. After some hand fighting in the first Duran scored with an escape in the second and capitalized on a take down to put Alamosa on the board with a pin. The Moose team score ballooned further after Centauri conceded the 106 and 113 weight classes to Alamosa’s Davion Chavez and Elijah DeLaCerda.
Colton Liddell kept the momentum going for Alamosa with a 15-1 decision over Jordan Martin. Liddell kept the scorers busy displaying a wide array of take downs, controlling Martin all the way to the gapped decision victory. Joe Chavez opened up a 29-3 lead by pinning Estevan Ponce in 1:26. Chavez earned a take down early and worked off of it to collect near fall points before closing things out in the first period.
Zach Martin tacked on three more for the Falcons in the 132-pound division by pacing Tyler Kenison to a 4-3 finish. Kenison struck first in the second period by scoring with a reversal. Martin got points with a take down in the third and after allowing a escape to Kenison, Martin would get a second take down to finalize the score.
At 138 pounds Hunter Smith continued moving the mark for the Moose with a third period pin. An early take down by Zach Sandoval wouldn’t sustain his score total as Smith controlled the action to a 9-3 score in the second period. Smith would later add another 6 points to Alamosa’s team total with a pin in the third period.
Centauri's Brandon Buhr provided a spark in Centauri’s middle school gymnasium by defeating Alamosa’s Kolten Hillis. Hillis sported a healthy respect for Buhr’s speed and take down game by starting the match with a defensive three-point stance. Unfortunately for Hillis, Buhr would not be deterred and registered four take downs en route to a pin fall at 3:22.
Brian Shawcroft added to the Centauri roll with a fall of his own over Andres Mondragon. After being taken down, Shawcroft would get things going with an escape and would put up six unanswered points in the first before finishing things with a pin in the second at 3:45.
Ben Vance continued to pile it on for Alamosa. Vance would utilize four takedowns, three near falls and a reversal to technical fall Centauri’s Jayden Gomez. Fernando Martinez worked hard in the first period and added a pin of Danny Chavez to Alamosa’s team total at 1:49.
Weston Huffaker and Austin Trujillo required an extra period to reach a decision at 182 pounds, even though the dual had already been decided. When Huffaker and Trujillo took the mat 28 points separated the two teams with another forfeit yet to be put in the books. Huffaker still gave the Centauri hopeful something to cheer about when after three periods he broke the 8-8 tie with a lauded takedown.
Zendon Bernal was the final coffin nail uncontested at 195 pounds to finalize the 52-21 victory for the visitors. Alamosa will squeeze in one more dual when they travel to meet Pagosa Springs on Feb. 3 before hosting a Regional Tournament on Feb. 9-10. Centauri will likely head up to Pueblo Central High School on the same date for their Regional Tournament.