Titans take down Battle Mountain | PostIndependent.com

Titans take down Battle Mountain

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Coal Ridge has a mere two home wrestling meets all season. Consequently, Titans head coach Mike Mikalakis didn’t much mind that Friday’s home dual with Battle Mountain barely more than a half hour.

“It’s a shame we didn’t have a full meet like that, but it’s nice to have a home dual,” said the first-year Coal Ridge coach.

And Mikalakis had to like the outcome. His Titans topped the shy-on-numbers Huskies, 54-16, on a night that featured just six matches. They won three of those six, all by pin.

Leading the way for Coal Ridge was Neal Schultz, whose mid-first period reversal led to a 59-second pin of Jamie Quintann in Friday’s 140-pound match. Schultz was wrestling up a weight.

Schultz, a two-time state qualifier who is ranked 10th at 135 pounds in the latest On the Mat Rankings release, is pleased with the Titans’ progress thus far in 2009-10.

“It’s going great,” the junior said. “We have a bigger team this year. We’ve got some great coaches in here working hard. We’ve got some really talented wrestlers. I think we can do well with them.”

Two of Schultz’s teammates, Trevor Larsen and Stephen Mobley, joined him in scoring Friday pins. Larsen won by fall in 4 minutes, 42 seconds over Manny Madril at 119 pounds. It took Mobley 1:30 to pin Pat Favela in the 152-pound match.

Battle Mountain received points off pins by Mario Rodriguez (125 pounds) and Jeff Fuller (160 pounds). Rodriguez defeated Micheal Palmgren in 33 seconds, while Fuller scored his fall over Chad Cronin in 5:06.

Robert Martinez won a 12-3 decision over Colin Carbone at 112 pounds.

“We definitely have a long ways to go,” Huskies head coach Jesse Long said. “It’s hard when you have only six kids in the room, all from different sides. Some have been wrestling one year. Some have been wrestling for 10 years. It’s hard to get a good routine going in the room, but we do what we can with it.”

Both Battle Mountain and Coal Ridge will return to the mat for today’s Eagle Valley Invitational in Gypsum.


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