Grand Valley High School Cardinals wrestlers bring the quality |

Grand Valley High School Cardinals wrestlers bring the quality

Jon Mitchell
Citizen Telegram Sports Editor

PARACHUTE – What Grand Valley High School’s wrestling team lacked in quantity it more than made up for with quality this past Saturday at the Maverick Duals tournament in Grand Junction.

The Cardinals only brought five wrestlers to the dual-match tournament at Brownson Arena on the Colorado Mesa University campus, which essentially led to their 1-4 record as a team in the tournament. But the wrestlers who did come to the tournament more than held their own, collectively going 17-8 in the 25 matches they wrestled over the course of the day.

The biggest performers of the weekend were a pair of seniors: 182-pounder Bryan Hegwood and 160-pounder Will Hinkle. Both blew through the weekend unbeaten to account for all the Cardinals’ 10 victories. Both won all five of their matches by pin.

It was almost a toss-up between which one was more dominant over the course of the weekend. Hinkle had the quickest pin between the two, earning a pin in exactly 1 minute against an opponent from Monticello, Utah. Hegwood had three first-period pins coming at the 1:41, 1:10 and 1:15 marks of his respective victories against wrestlers from Montrose, Palisade and Monticello.

In all, though, both were very close in the total time wrestled on Saturday. Hegwood pinned all five of his opponents in 13:28, while Hinkle was just slightly quicker in 13:05.

The other three Grand Valley wrestlers, however, didn’t do that bad either.

Miguel Valles, another senior who wrestles at 126 pounds, finished the tournament 4-1. Two of his four wins came by pin, with the other two coming via major decision.

Jonathan Downing, a freshman who was wrestling up at 198 pounds, finished his first varsity match 2-3. Those victories included a pin against Moffat County and a victory by forfeit against Rangely.

Also wrestling for Grand Valley was junior Jacob Hegwood at 126, who finished the tournament 1-4.

The Cardinals are on the road Friday when they wrestle in a dual meet at Hotchkiss.

Dallas Rohrig highlights Rifle wrestlers

At the same tournament on the Mesa campus, Rifle senior 132-pounder Dallas Rohrig pinned each of his opponents en route to a 5-0 finish in the tournament.

Rohrig won four of his five matches by pin to pace the Bears who, like the Cardinals, finished with a 1-4 dual record in the tournament. His quickest pin of the day came in just 50 seconds against a wrestler from Cedaredge.

Also faring well for Rifle was heavyweight Jose Prado, who finished the weekend with a 4-1 record. Clayton Coombs, Rifle’s 198-pounder, also finished the day with a 4-1 record.

Rifle will continue its schedule this weekend when the Bears compete in the Delta Invitational.

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