Glenwood tops Summit on Senior Night
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Guy Brickell’s been coaching wrestling at Glenwood Springs High School for a long time. He was reminded of that Thursday, watching senior Taylor Parsons wrestle his final home match in a dual with visiting Summit.
“You know you need to maybe start thinking of getting out when you start coaching kids of kids you coached,” Brickell said with a big laugh.
Brickell, who’s devoted many years to the wrestling program at Glenwood Springs, coached Parsons’ dad, Alex. Taylor’s mom, Jody Jordan, was a student of Brickell’s back in the day.
Watching the current generation’s Parsons pass through his program is a bit surreal for Brickell, who doesn’t plan on leaving his post anytime soon.
“They’ll probably end up having to throw me out of here,” he joked. “I’ll stick around as long as they want me.”
On Thursday, the younger Parsons and his three senior teammates – Emilio Alcala, Vincent Tsosie and Miguel Delgado – helped their veteran coach and the Demons to a win on Senior Night in Glenwood.
Aided by six forfeits in their favor, the Demons topped Summit, 51-28.
The Tigers did win four of the night’s seven matches that weren’t decided by forfeit.
At 160 pounds, Jonathan Ramirez pinned Glenwood’s Jesus Salinas in 1 minute, 4 seconds. Jahan Rafies pinned Ivan Sarabia in 44 seconds at 189 pounds and Trevor Barton recorded a pin of Brian Ochoa in 3:53 at 215 pounds. Nate Roe posted a 16-6 win by decision over Tanner Gianinetti in the meet’s 152-pound match.
Parsons (135 pounds) and Casey Montoya (145) were winners by pin for the Demons, the former finishing off Gabe Velasquez in 2:48 and the latter defeating Gregorio Munoz in 1:52. Alcala scored a 13-7 win by decision over Juan Reyes.
Picking up forfeit wins for Glenwood were Miguel Vega (103), Mike Mills (119), Arturo De La Cruz (125), Tsosie (130), Connor Denney (171) and Bobby Petts (285).
Devon Emerson (112) was awarded Summit’s sole forfeit victory.
Most all of Glenwood’s wrestlers were competing outside their normal weight class. Parsons was one of them.
“I weighed in at 130s, but it’s Senior Night and I wanted a match,” he said. “It’s the last night in the home gym, one last match.”
Parsons isn’t sure how much he’ll miss wrestling, a sport that he said is both fun and demanding.
“It’s a sweet thing, but it’s also sad,” he said. “Wrestling’s just a love-hate sport. Sometimes it’s fun. A lot of times it’s a lot of hard work. It’s tough on you. I’m excited to be done, but also sad I don’t get to come back.”
But he and his teammates aren’t completely finished yet.
There’s still a lot of season to go, starting with a trip to the Front Range this weekend. The Demons have a dual scheduled with The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs tonight. On Saturday, they’ll head to a dual team tournament at Mead High School in Longmont.
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