Demons, Titans make most of dual wrestling match
PEACH VALLEY — Both the Glenwood Springs and Coal Ridge high school wrestling teams feel they still have an awful lot to learn this early in the season.
There were a lot of spots where that showed for both teams during their nonleague dual match at the Coal Ridge High gymnasium on Wednesday. The Demons, however, were able to shake off the proverbial holiday-break rust before the Titans on their way to a 58-24 victory.
“We’re so young, and we did so well at that first tournament that we won,” said Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook in reference to the Buena Vista dual-team tournament the Demons won in early December. “I think some of our younger kids thought they could just show up after that and that everyone is going to roll over for them. That second week was pretty tough for us.
“But we’re starting to get into a rhythm,” Cook continued. “We’re really starting to find out where we’re at.”
Glenwood found that out in a good way, for sure. Seven of the Demons’ victories were won by pinfall, with Cristian Gonzalez’s 17-second pin of Nathan Manriquez at 195 pounds serving as the quickest of the match. Gonzalez (13-1 overall) is one of four Glenwood wrestlers who have won 12 or more matches so far, including 160-pounder Justin Barham (12-2), 120-pounder Riley Prough (14-3) and 138-pounder Myles Wilson (13-2).
The second week that Cook referred to was the Tiger Duals in Grand Junction, where a sickness-depleted lineup also contributed to Glenwood losing four of their five matchups. Glenwood’s outings against the Titans, however, was something the Demons’ coaching staff was hoping for.
“I’m pretty happy with where we’re at, but we’re sure getting better as we go along,” Cook said.
It’s not like Coal Ridge, however, was completely shut out of having any kind of success. Titans 170-pounder Cristian Keith (9-5), a returning state qualifier, pinned Glenwood’s Kayla Contereras in 48 seconds. His teammate, Jerry Jurado, won his 152-pound match against Lance Brevig by pin in 3:55.
The Titans, who are admittedly young according to first-year coach Kalvin Deere, looked at Wednesday’s dual as an opportunity to grow and learn.
“I was pretty happy with what I saw overall,” Deere said. “It’s always nice when you come in as a [Class] 3A team and get a chance to see some of these 4A teams. It’s competition we usually don’t see. It’s nice to mix things up with those bigger teams every now and then.”
Also winning by pin for Coal Ridge was 126-pounder Tristin Charboneau (10-1), who beat Glenwood’s Larry Flores in 1:15.
Barham dominated much of his match at 170, scoring a pair of takedowns and a three-point nearfall before pinning Nick Carbone in 3:54. Glenwood’s lightweight, senior 106-pounder Miguel Mendoza, pinned Donny Wenzel of Coal Ridge in 41 seconds.
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