Grand Valley grapplers get a grip on Glenwood
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Glenwood won its first and last matches against Grand Valley, but the Cardinals came out on top in every match in between to beat the Demons, 47-24, in a wrestling dual meet Thursday night.After the Demons were awarded 12 points for forfeits, Glenwood’s Tyler Thulson, in the 103-pound weight class, battled for a Demon win in the first match of the night, pinning Kaleb Bell in 3:51. Then the Cardinals turned things around.In the 112-pound match, Grand Valley’s James Drinkhouse pinned Greg Mills and teammate Ryan Gallegos followed up with a technical fall win over Vincent Tsosie.Jared Tonder then downed Blake Newby in the 125-pound showdown. It was a match Newby almost had, but things quickly reversed when Tonder slipped out of what looked like a for-sure pin and a few seconds later recorded a pin of his own.Newby’s match was one of many Glenwood had in it’s grips, but then let slip away.”We are a little frustrated. We feel like we lost three of four matches we probably should have won,” said Glenwood coach Miles Cook. “Giving up pins when we are up three to five points – that’s real tough every time.”Cook is hoping that the Demon wrestlers learn from their close losses and can use that knowledge to hold on to victories in future matches.”The best thing we can take out of this is just to tell the kids you have to suck it up and you never feel like you are winning the match, you always wrestle as hard as you can and you always have to live in fear when you are in that position,” he said.After Tonder’s win, the Cardinals rattled off three more pins as Kelby Dillon (130 pounds) pinned Taylor Parsons in 3:35, Matt Cain (135 pounds) beat Chantry Pittman in 3:03 and James Willford (140 pounds) topped Hunter McCallum in 46 seconds, the fasted pin of the night. “I was motivated. This is my first tournament back since vacation in Mexico,” Cain said after his win. “I really wanted to get this one and start off well after break.”In the 145-pound battle, Tyler Miles earned a decision over Matt Davis, and in the 160-pound weight class, Cody Miles won by a decision over Lance Tsosie. Justin Munyer earned Grand Valley’s final win of the night in a decision over Kevin Campbell.”Despite having a few forfeits we won pretty well head-to-head,” Cain said.Glenwood’s Tyler Rossow (189 pounds) then gave the Demon fans something to cheer about when he pinned Jesse Forney in a little over a minute to close out the night.Grand Valley will be back on the mats on Saturday in a tournament at Palisade, while Glenwood will be traveling to the Evergreen Tour. The Demons will be competing against 16 teams in Evergreen.”This is our first individual tournament so it will be a good experience for the kids to get back in to the flow of how that works,” Cook said.
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