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Dual meet pays dividends

Phil Sandoval

PARACHUTE – New-age sports have been the rage of the millennium. First, There was the X Games. Now, there’s Z-wrestling.Z as in “zippy” or Z as in “Z-ya later.”Grand Valley and Glenwood Springs didn’t plan on reinventing the sport. It just happened. And, in the spirit of the “make everybody feel good” age. Everyone came away happy Tuesday night.The host Cardinals won the meet, 42-36. The Demons had the most pins with four in seven contested matches. The 47-minute long event gave Demons wrestler Mike Mastrianni ample time to catch up with his studies.”When I got out there and getting ready to wrestle … I was thinking I need to go home and do my homework,” Mastrianni said while measuring up Grand Valley’s Dylan Lindauer.Then Glenwood coach Guy Brickell broke Mastrianni’s train of thought when he barked out, “Wrestle the guy.”Shifting his attention to the mat, Mastrianni pinned Lindauer in 2 minutes, 23 seconds. “I wasn’t surprised the match went so quickly. I’ve always been kind of fast kind of guy. I was very happy,” Mastrianni added. But the weekday dual, the Demons wrestler noted, put a crimp in his regular schedule. “We normally wrestle on the weekend,” said Mastrianni. “During the week – that’s basically my rest time – because the weekend’s are tough.”Tyler Harris, the Demons’ 171-pound wrestler, bested Mastrianni for the team’s fastest pin. Rossow downed Tyler Harris in 1:24. “It was fun. The guy was really good.” Harris said. “I just wish we had more guys to wrestle,” Harris said, alluding to the fact that one of the two teams left seven of the 14 available weights open.Brad Kline earned a victory for the Demons by defeating Kelby Dillion in 3:07 of the 112-pound match. Matt Aten used the same method, pinning the Cardinals’ Drew McFarland in 4:19.Likewise, Grand Valley had similar success in its three man-on-man wins.Freshman Cody Miles needed 30 seconds to pin Glenwood’s Omar Diaz in the 130-pound match. Danny Manzanares defeated James Nelson in 1:33. Junior Justin Busch wrapped up Justin Davis at the 1:01 mark of the 145-pound match.”Our middleweights wrestled real solid,” said Grand Valley coach Rick Gallegos. “It’s been a decent year so far.”Both teams square off again Saturday in Glenwood in a quad meet, along with Class 2A Hayden and Moffat County’s junior varsity team. “Its going to be great because we don’t have too many home meets,” Mastrianni said. “My family will get to see me wrestle. My brother doesn’t have a car to get to the away meets, so it’s important.”Demons do well at ConiferAt Saturday’s Conifer High School Invitational, the Demons took fifth place in the 16-team tournament and had three wrestlers earn medals.Heavyweight Mike Zerfoss was the division’s tournament champ, going unbeaten in three matches. Aten and Mastrianni went 2-1 and were runners-up in the 152- and 160-pound tournaments.


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