Demon wrestlers pull down decisive victory
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” With the seniors leading the way and piling up six victories, the Glenwood Springs wrestling team defeated Meeker 49-17 on Friday night.
Matt Davis, Lance Tsosie, Tyler Rossow and Nick Croissant all wrestled their way to Demon wins while Blake Newby and Shea Nickel each picked up forfeits.
“All the seniors battled hard,” said Glenwood coach Miles Cook. “It’s always great when you are led by your seniors.”
Rossow, at 171 pounds, fought in one of the most exciting matches of the night. Taking on Meeker’s Aaron Webster, Rossow ended the second period with a takedown to take a 5-3 lead going into the final frame. He got another takedown early in the third, but Webster earned the points right back with a reversal to cut Rossow’s lead to 7-5.
With only nine seconds to go in the match, Rossow got Webster down and held him there for a pin just before time ran out.
“He just did a great job battling back. He held on at the end,” Cook said of Rossow, who moved to 22-3 overall on the year with 16 pins. “He realized he could take that kid down and the kid let him up to score points and (Rossow) took it to him and took him down to the mat.”
Davis also had a thrilling match against Meeker’s 140-pounder Nick Smith. The match went into overtime tied at one, but that’s when Davis turned it up, working to a 4-0 win.
“I think that kid has been in overtime five or six times this year,” Cook said of Davis.
“He is always within one or two points it seems.”
With that much overtime experience, Davis is confident his conditioning gives him an edge in the extra period.
“I usually just count on the other kid being a little more tired,” said Davis, who’s now 19-6 on the year.
Tsosie and Croissant each earned decision victories, with Tsosie winning the 160-pound battle 9-5 and Croissant taking the 189-pound match by a 13-6 score.
Newby and Nickel earned two of Glenwood’s five forfeits on the night, which gave the Demons a 30-0 advantage before even starting. Meeker, a former Class 2A powerhouse which only fielded nine wrestlers, is down in number this year.
Glenwood’s 130-pounder Taylor Parsons recorded the fastest pin of the night, dropping Tory Green in 35 seconds. Chris Ayala, who wrestled at 152 pounds for Glenwood, came away with a 8-2 decision victory.
The Demons will have a short time to rest before catching a bus around 4 a.m. today to head to a tournament at Conifer. After the meet, Davis said he wasn’t concerned with the early departure.
“You can just sleep on the bus,” he said.
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