Demons notch triangular win

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kara K. Pearson Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A nearly-full squad and seven pins helped the Glenwood Springs wrestlers record wins over Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain in its first action of the season in a triangular meet Thursday night.

First the Demons took down the Huskies 54-27, then they beat the Devils 48-29. Glenwood, which had more wrestlers than either other team, won a total of 10 matches by forfeit while only having to forfeit three of its own. On the mat, all seven of the Demons’ victories came by pin and five of those pins were by Glenwood seniors.”We are seeing a lot of good things from all our seniors, so that is what we are looking for is that senior leadership,” said Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook. “We haven’t had that the last few years. We are excited that we have six guys that are going to go out there every night and try to earn us some points.”Senior 171-pounder Tyler Rossow highlighted the night for Glenwood, being the only Demon to have a two-pin performance. First, he pinned Battle Mountain’s Sergio Sandoval with one second remaining in the first period. Then in his second match, he only needed one minute to nail down Eagle Valley’s Osbaldo Aragon.

Glenwood senior Lance Tsosie came away with the fastest Demon pin of the night, getting the whistle blown after 44 seconds on the mat with Eagle Valley’s 160-pounder Dwayne Noriega. Also in the Eagle Valley dual, Demons Matt Davis (145 pounds), Taylor Parsons (133) and Greg Mills (119) also pinned their opponents in times of 56 seconds, 1:53 and 3:54 respectively. Down 4-1 after the first round, Mills battled back for his second-period fall victory.Only five matches were wrestled in when Glenwood took on Battle Mountain, which is being coached by former Rifle wrestler Jesse Long. Of those five, senior Blake Newby, at 125 pounds, and Rossow where the only Demons to earn victories. Newby nailed Juan Gonzalez to his back in 57 seconds into the second period. Newby came just short of another victory against Battle Mountain’s Joey Bajza. Bajza took a 8-3 lead after two periods and Newby battled back to 8-6 with one minute left, but couldn’t get any closer.

“I would have liked to see Blake pull that match out. He didn’t wrestle real well in the first couple periods, I think he popped his shoulder a little,” Cook said. “That third period he wrestled strong.”Eagle Valley defeated the Huskies 53-12 in a showdown that featured six matches.”Everybody gave it there all tonight,” said Eagle Valley head coach Ron Beard. “We have a page of notes on things to get better at from what we saw tonight, but they gave great efforts – that’s all we can ask for.”The Demons will have a short break before returning to the mat in the Buena Vista Dual Team Tournament on Saturday.

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