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Demons roll over Bruins in dual meet

G. Sean Kelly
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood's James Nelson, right, tries to turn Eagle Valley's Zack Hooker on his back to pin him during Thursday night's dual. Nelson pinned Hooker in 3 minutes, 58 seconds. Glenwood won, 60-22.
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Glenwood Springs High School wrestling coach Guy Brickell just wants his kids to stay on the mat as long as possible – or earn their way off the mat early by pinning the opponent. James Nelson did both Thursday night in a home dual against Cedaredge.

The senior 140-pounder looked like he was just trying to survive for much of the first two periods against the Bruins’ Zack Hooker and trailed throughout. But when the opportunity presented itself, Nelson wasted little time.”He made a mistake and I rolled him over,” Nelson said.After being on the bottom for much of the match and trailing 12-6 before his reverse, Nelson rolled Hooker over and right into a pin at 3 minutes, 58 seconds.”James didn’t quit and that’s a big step for him,” Brickell said. “I teach the kids to go six minutes and anything can happen.”

Nelson’s victory was the first of the dual for the Demons, who went on to win, 60-22. Cedaredge aided Glenwood on the scoreboard by leaving six weights open, compared to Glenwood’s one. But, of the seven scoring matches, the Demons won four – all by pins.Glenwood’s Blake Newby had the quickest pin of the night. It took the 103-pounder just 43 seconds to dispatch Josh Eyred. Alex Escalante had similar success at 112 pounds, finishing off John Malins in 1:23. Justin Davis accounted for the Demons’ other match victory, pinning Steven Miller in 1:48 in the 145-pound bout.But Thursday night, like the entire season, wasn’t about winning for the first-year Demons squad.”The neatest thing for me, because we haven’t had a team for so long, is at the tournaments when they call Glenwood Springs High School,” Brickell said. “It makes my heart feel good.

“The No. 1 goal, and it’s a team goal, is just to re-establish the program,” he added.And, of course, for the Glenwood wrestlers who spent last season grappling under the Basalt Longhorns colors, it’s preferable to wear the Demons logo and wrestle in their own gym.”It’s a lot nicer,” Nelson said. “And I really like all the support the community is giving us.” In exhibition matches Thursday, Newby, Omar Diaz and Escalante all notched pins.


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