Grand Valley tops Coal Ridge |

Grand Valley tops Coal Ridge

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kara K. Pearson Post Independent

PEACH VALLEY – Jerrod Busch jumped right into his prep wrestling career on Thursday night, recording the fastest pin of the Grand Valley-Coal Ridge meet by taking down fellow 125-pounder Titan Rafael Lara in 34 seconds.

Busch’s teammates followed suit, living up to their No. 3 Class 2A RockyPreps ranking by recording four pins and a technical fall win on the way to a 47-15 victory. “That was my first high school match, so I guess that’s a good way to start off,” said Busch, younger brother of former Grand Valley wrestler Justin, who graduated in 2006. “I’ve watched my brother and just wanted to get out there and do my thing.”Sophomore Cardinal Ryan Gallegos, last year’s 2A 119-pound state runner-up, also recorded a pin in the 130-pound match, with his coming in 58 seconds. Fellow sophomores James Drinkhouse, 119 pounds, and Jared Tonder, 135 pounds, also had pins, with Drinkhouse’s coming in 1 minute and 49 seconds and Tonder’s in 49 seconds.”That is a really good Grand Valley team. They are loaded,” said Titan head coach Rob Grumley. “It’s a tough one to start with, with a young squad.”After taking a break from wrestling last season, Grand Valley senior Tyler Harris returned to the mats with a 19-3 technical fall win.

“He came back, hadn’t wrestled in a year, came back and teched a guy,” said Grand Valley head coach Rick Gallegos. “I was impressed by that.”Coal Ridge recorded two pins of their own as junior Keenan Grumley pinned Kelby Dillon in 1:03 in the 140-pound showdown and freshman Neal Shultz pinned Grand Valley’s junior 103-pounder Kaleb Bell in 1:11.4. “Neal Shultz really stepped up, did a great job. That (Bell) was an older kid, experienced kid and he just went out and battled tough, and I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Coach Grumley. “I knew he (Shultz) was a good kid, he works hard at practice and he just took advantage of an opportunity.”In the 145-pound battle, Michael Larsen earned Coal Ridge’s third win of the night, a 6-2 decision over Matt Cain.”Larsen and Keenan both did a real good job,” Coach Grumley said. “They looked sharp, and that’s what we want to do. That’s how we want to start the season.”

Cardinals Tyler Miles, 152 pounds, Cody Miles, 160 pounds, and Coltin Ostermiller, 189 pounds, were all handed victories by forfeit. Despite a big win in the season opener, Coach Gallegos knows his team has a lot to work on.”We were where I thought we were and they are not where I want them to be right now,” he said. “The timing is still off, we’ve got some work.”Coach Grumley, on the other hand, was happy with his team’s performance, knowing that Grand Valley is better than most of the 3A teams the Titans will see this year.”They are better than a lot of them,” he said of the Cardinals. “That’s a team that will place higher at state.”This weekend, both teams will be back in action as the Titans will travel to a tough tournament at Middle Park High School and Grand Valley will head to the Hotchkiss Invitational.

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