2010-11 prep wrestling preview capsules | PostIndependent.com

2010-11 prep wrestling preview capsules

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentRick Gallegos is back in charge of the Grand Valley wrestling program.

Prep wrestling gets going this weekend at schools throughout the area. Here’s a look at what to expect from the local squads:

Head coach: Guy Brickell, seventh season (since program returned from lengthy hiatus).

How the Demons fared in 2009-10: Glenwood sent one wrestler to state – Chris Ayala.

Returning state qualifiers: Senior Chris Ayala (160 pounds).

Graduated state qualifiers: None.

Prognosis for 2010-11: Glenwood has 62 wrestlers on its roster. The Demons have 10 team members traveling down from Basalt High School and four from Roaring Fork. Ayala, who will likely wrestle in the 171-pound weight class this winter, is the Demons’ lone returning state qualifier. While green, Glenwood has its share of talent. Junior Mike Mills is a tough wrestler who will challenge for a trip to state either at 125s or 130s. Other names to watch include sophomore Arturo De La Cruz (125 or 130), senior Alan Bencomo (135), senior Casey Montoya (140), junior Tanner Gianinetti (145), sophomore Alberto Ramirez (215). Junior Miguel Vega, junior Jose Cano and senior Noe Perez will battle for the 103 and 112 varsity spots.

Head coach: Mike Mikalakis, second season.

How the Titans fared in 2009-10: Coal Ridge struggled with numbers but managed to qualify one wrestler to the state tournament – Trevor Larsen (119 pounds).

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Graduated state qualifiers: None.

Prognosis for 2010-11: The Titans’ lone state qualifier from last season, Trevor Larsen, opted not to come out for wrestling this season, but Coal Ridge still has plenty of talent to lean on. Mikalakis said 23 wrestlers are out this year, so Coal Ridge should be able to fill most of its weights this season, which hasn’t always been the case. The Titans will be led by sophomore Tucker Schultz (112 or 119), junior Collin Carbone (112 or 119), junior Devon Godeski (130 or 135), senior Neal Schultz (145) and senior Rylan Richards (160).

Head coach: Rick Gallegos, ninth year.

How the Cardinals fared in 2009-10: Grand Valley produced two state champions – then-seniors Jared Tonder (140) and Ryan Gallegos (145).

Last season’s state qualifiers: Jerrod Busch (135 pounds), David Witt (160).

Graduated state qualifiers: Jared Tonder (140), Ryan Gallegos (145), Tyler Miles (152).

Prognosis for 2010-11: Rick Gallegos, who was planning to step down after eight seasons as Grand Valley’s head wrestling coach, is unretiring and will continue his tenure as the Cardinals’ coach this season. Under Gallegos’ watch, Grand Valley has enjoyed much in the way of success. He guided the team to a 2A team title in 2008 and has coached four individual state champions.

Head coach: John Wisniewski, sixth season.

How the Bears fared in 2009-10: Rifle sent six wrestlers to the state tournament, where the since-graduated James Martinez scored the team’s highest finish, taking fifth place in the 140-pound weight class.

Returning state qualifiers (Bears wrestled at the 4A level last year): Senior Keaton Deere (119 pounds), senior Larry Schmueser (130).

Graduated state qualifiers: James Martinez (140), Matt Barrett (152), Tyler Davis (171), Nick Mellon (285).

Prognosis for 2010-11: Rifle, a traditionally strong 4A wrestling program, is dropping into the 3A ranks this season. Watch out, Class 3A. The Bears always find a way to reload and send at least a handful of wrestlers to the state tournament. They return two state qualifiers this winter – Deere and Schmueser. Schmueser’s moving from the 130-pound weight class to 140s. Deere’s shifting from 119s to 125s. Freshman Dallas Rohrig (112), junior Brandon Kittle (119), sophomore Hugo Ruelas (130), senior Frank Ruelas (135), junior Alex Copeland (152), sophomore Ryan Moeller (160), junior A.J. Cordova (171) and senior Kyle Shaw (189) are some other names to keep an eye on.

– compiled by Jeff Caspersen

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