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Demons pin down Tigers

Baron Zahuranec
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Glenwood Springs Demon wrestlers walked away with a sound 67-10 win over the Summit Tigers on Wednesday.

The Demons only forfeited one match to Summit’s four, and came out of their home gym with eight wins, six coming by pins.

The match of the evening may have went to Hunter McCallum and Nate Roe at 160 pounds. Glenwood’s McCallum found himself down 1-5 just 50 seconds into the match, but fought back to 7-7 going into the third period.



“I wrestled up tonight, he was 10-pounds heavier than me,” McCallum said. “A couple times I was caught off-balance, and I gave up a lot of stupid points.”

McCallum went ahead 9-7 on a takedown in the middle of the third, but the period ended in an 11-11 tie, so it was off to sudden death for one minute.



McCallum won the match 13-11, coming on a single-leg takedown that he just learned on Tuesday.

“It actually won me the match,” he said. “The coaches have been working with me on it and it paid off.”

“I wish I would’ve went for a couple shots,” Roe said. “I thought I wrestled pretty good, but I need to touch up on my endurance.”

At the end of the third period, Roe was breathing hard and knew the last minute would be the toughest of them all.

After the match, his words were straight and to the point when it came to what was running through his head before sudden death.

“I’m tired and he’s good,” Roe said.

Summit’s lone win came at 215 pounds when the battle of the Campbell’s was won by Zach Campbell 11-2, over Kevin Campbell.

“He wasn’t really attacking,” Zach said of Kevin. “Once I was more aggressive, he backed off and waited for me to shoot.”

Zach Campbell credited the win to his aggressive play. He was pleased with the win, but said he wants to work on his top moves.

“I know what to do, I just don’t know how to set it up,” he said. “I’ll work on starting with a breakdown and move on to a finishing move.”

The first match to go all three periods came at 135 pounds. Cole Ullom and Diego Andraca fought the whole six minutes. Ullom ended up with the 15-4 win, but Andraca made sure to not give up the pin.

Before the match the two talked in the locker room and Andraca found out Ullom has been wrestling since he was a kid, while he, himself, was only in his second year of wrestling.

“I knew he had experience,” Andraca said. “I tried to use my toughness to overwhelm him. I felt like that went better than if I tried with technique.”

Ullom, even though he notched a win, said he didn’t wrestle very good and wanted to finish with a pin.

Last weekend at the Golden Invitational, Ullom lost a match to a wrestler from Ralston Valley, his only loss of the tourney.

“I had a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth,” he said. “I felt like I won, but tonight I didn’t want to leave any doubt.”

At 171 pounds, Glenwood sophomore Chris Ayala got a quick pin over Jonathan Ramirez just 57 seconds into the match. He went up 2-0 on a takedown 43 seconds into the first, and was able to get Ramirez on his back just 14 seconds later for the win.

“We started off and he was exposing his legs,” Ayala said. “My shot wasn’t so good and I had to work off of his shot and I got the pin.”

Like McCallum, Ayala used a new move to get the win.

“That was the first time I’d even done it,” Ayala said. “I just took it. That’s the point of wrestling, to take the chance when you can.”

The Demons will take their chances at the Buena Vista Dual Team Tournament this Saturday with the action starting at 9 a.m.


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