Glenwood, GV grapplers primed for postseason
With regionals scheduled later this week, Glenwood Springs and Grand Valley’s wrestling teams used Saturday’s quad meet as a base for adding momentum entering the postseason.Both the Demons and Cardinals got their wish.Grand Valley concluded the regular season with dual meet wins over Glenwood, Hayden and Moffat County’s junior varsity.And the first-year Demons earned team victories over Hayden and Moffat County before dropping a 35-30 decision to the Cardinals in the final dual of the day.In his final action before Friday’s 2A regional at Palisade High School, Dannygrapplers: see next page grapplers: from previous pageManzaneras won two of three 135-pound matches by pinfall and one by forfeit. The pattern repeated itself throughout the meet due to a high number of open weights.Matt Aten was one of the few exceptions. The Demon 152-pounder faced an opponent three times, and won all three matches by pinfall. Glenwood’s Brad Kline also went 3-0 on the day, but only wrestled twice. The 112-pounder pinned Grand Valley’s Kelby Dillon and Moffat County’s Cory Vigil and also earned points for the Demons with a forfeit against Hayden.Glenwood’s Brad Hudson recorded the fastest victory of the meet, downing Hayden’s Ray Curtis in 21 seconds.Next up for the Demons is the weekend-long 4A Western Regional in Montrose.”At the regional level a lot of it is mental. You have to go there confident that you can win,” said Glenwood heavyweight Mike Zerfoss, who qualified for state last year while wrestling for Basalt. “There are some kids on our team I know that can make state. We just have to go in with our heads up and work hard.”Manzaneras agrees about taking a positive mental approach into the postseason.”For me, I have to wrestle tough and smart. And not make those little mistakes that will cost you a match,” he said. “The toughest thing is staying focused the entire tournament because you can lose your focus halfway through. Last year, I lost my focus, and I wasn’t wrestling very well. This year, I just hope to keep my focus and do well in my matches.”
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