Meeker wins with pins
RIFLE – Pins were the determining factor in Rifle’s 41-29 loss to Meeker in a nonleague wrestling dual meet here Thursday night.By Phil SandovalPost Independent Staff
RIFLE – Pins were the determining factor in Rifle’s 41-29 loss to Meeker in a nonleague wrestling dual meet here Thursday night.The Cowboys outscored Rifle 4-1 in the pin department, and Meeker’s final pinfall win of the night – Tyrel Stout’s victory over the Bears’ Derek Fruetel, 3 minutes, 47 seconds into the 135-pound match – gave Meeker the momentum necessary to earn the dual win.Stout’s win gave the Cowboys a five-point lead with two matches left. Meeker finished the task by winning both matches on major decisions.
“We wrestled well, nobody quit, and we were consistent,” Meeker coach Willie Theos said. “And consistency wins duals.”The Cowboys were aided by couple of Bears starters watching in street clothes because of injury.Casie Dunlap out of the lineup due to a deep elbow bruise he suffered during the football season. Tyler Thompson was also missing because of some early-season aches.
That forced Rifle coach Jim Suminski to shift some of his roster into different weights.Tim Scott, who normally checks in at 140 pounds, moved up a weight. And earned a 14-2 major decision over Meeker’s Hank Crawford for his effort.Tyler Cose also made the sacrifice to move up a division to 160 pounds, but was not as fortunate. Instead, Cose finished on the back end of a 12-2 defeat against Jeff Overton.”We could have used both of them tonight,” Suminski said. “But, I appreciate the sacrifice and effort Tim and Tyler made. We did well keeping close to Meeker.”
Still, thanks to Tyson Thompson’s 10-7 decision over Roston Steiner at 130 pounds, the Bears led 29-28 before the dam broke with the Stout-Fruetel match.Jonathon Terry scored the Bears’ lone pinfall victory with a 29-second decision over Mick Mobley. Two Rifle wrestlers – Alex Avila and Luke Wooten – won their respective matches by technical falls.Jeff Zimmerman won the 215-pound match by forfeit when Meeker left the weight open.The Bears host Class 5A Grand Junction Central at 6 p.m. in dual action at Rifle Middle School today.The Bears host Class 5A Grand Junction Central at 6 p.m. in dual action at Rifle Middle School today.
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