GSHS returns to the mat |

GSHS returns to the mat

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Rifle's Wyatt Ferguson, right, grapples with Glenwood's Alex McPherson during Thursday night's meet. Ferguson won the match by pinning McPherson in 1 minute 59 seconds.

In front of a home crowd for the first time since 1997 on Thursday night, the Glenwood Springs wrestling team had a good showing.The Demons, who restarted their wrestling program this year, won five of 14 matches in a non-team scoring meet against an established program in Rifle’s junior varsity squad.

“It was pretty cool,” said Glenwood freshman Nick Croissant of the first prep wrestling action at Chavez-Spencer gymnasium in seven years. “I’m glad to be a part of it.”Croissant was also one of two Demons wrestlers to win by pinfall.Squaring off against Rifle’s Wyatt Ferguson, who earlier had pinned the Demon’s Alex McPherson, Croissant downed his 152-pound opponent in 3 minutes, 47 seconds after taking a 9-6 lead in the second period.

“I got him in a cradle, then put him on his back,” Croissant said. Matt Aten notched Glenwood’s other pin when he defeated Rifle’s John Terry in 1:37.”That kind of surprised me,” said Demons head coach Guy Brickell. “Matt was wrestling at 160 pounds and he’s really around 145.”Overall, Brickell was pleased with the team’s effort.”It was fun and I’m glad Rifle came up,” the coach said. “Most of our team are freshmen, and they are working hard and improving every day.”

Omar Diaz, the Demons’ 125-pounder, wrestled twice, against different opponents and won both matches.Diaz earned a 10-1 major decision over Jesse Coszaito. Later on, Diaz wrestled in the most evenly contested match of the night – a 12-11 decision over the Bear Travis McCann.McCann controlled the early action, leading by five points deep into the first period before Diaz scored three points on an escape and takedown with 24 seconds left.The Bears wrestler maintained a two-point lead into the final period when Diaz scored five quick points on a take down and near-fall.Matt Davis had Glenwood’s other match victory – a 12-8 decision over Kory Kassak at 130 pounds.The Demons are off until Dec. 16, when they host Meeker and Paonia for a triangular meet.The Demons are off until Dec. 16, when they host Meeker and Paonia for a triangular meet.

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