Glenwood grapplers have the pins down
In a night with eight pins, one stood out in particular. It happened in the heavyweight battle when Glenwood Springs’ Mike Zerfoss pinned Grand Valley’s Joe Joyner in 34 seconds. The win gave the Class 4A Demons six points, propelling them to a 53-30 dual victory over Class 2A Grand Valley Thursday night. “They did a good job tonight for being in our second year back,” said Glenwood’s head coach Guy Brickell, who helped restart the GSHS wrestling program last year.
Zerfoss, who missed last week’s match because of a large cut down the center of his lower lip, wrestled with his lip taped, hoping not to split it open again. He said it helped him pin Joyner faster.”The coaches and I decided that because of my lip, I didn’t want to be out there too long,” Zerfoss said. “So I just got out there and didn’t mess around.”Grand Valley started the meet on a high note, with Justin Busch, who is ranked No. 4 in Class 2A in the 145-pound weight class, pinning Glenwood’s Lance Tsosie in 2:56. The Cardinals followed with another pin when Justin Munyer beat Kevin Campbell in 3:25.
“They did a good job tonight,” said Grand Valley head coach Rick Gallegos. “The best part was seeing our 152-pounder (Justin Munyer) win his second match of the season.”After the first two matches, the Demon’s turned things around.Michael Mastroianni pinned Grand Valley’s Drew McFarland in 3:58, Glenwood’s Tyler Rossow took a little over a minute to pin Jesse Forney and then Zerfoss displayed his convincing victory.Glenwood’s Matt Davis won the night’s only match that wasn’t a pin, beating J.C. Williford in a major decision in the second period.
The Cardinals posted three more pins, totaling five on the night. Kaleb Bell pinned Greg Mills in 2:58 and Matt Cain pinned Demon Ivan Chacon in 5:43, the longest match of the night. Cody Miles, who is ranked No. 2 in the 2A 140-pound weight division, pinned Hunter McCallum in 1:48 to round out the scoring for the Cardinals.”I am glad to see that Glenwood is coming back and has more kids,” Gallegos said. “I am impressed by the kids and the coaches and what they do.”Having a smaller roster than Glenwood, Grand Valley was forced to forfeit four times, handing victories to Demons Nick Croissant, Greg Orosz, Blake Newby and Bryce Faulkner. The Demons are back on the mat Saturday at Evergreen, while the Cardinals will wrestle in the Palisade Invite on Saturday.
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