Prep wrestling: Demons fare well at Mead; Prado wins title at Eagle Valley
MEAD — Glenwood Springs High School’s wrestling team finished unbeaten at the Mead Duals tournament on Saturday, also emerging from the tournament with two individual wrestlers who are still undefeated.
The Demons earned victories against Wheat Ridge (51-28), Weld Central (60-24), Eaton (40-30), Mead (47-33), and Columbine (47-18). Going 5-0 on the day and remaining undefeated on the season were 120-pounder Riley Prough and 195-pounder Cristian Gonzalez, the top-ranked Class 4A wrestler in his weight class who won twice by forfeit and won his three matches by pin in a combined 1 minute, 4 seconds.
Also having a 5-0 day was Myles Wilson, Glenwood’s 152-pound wrestler who is ranked No. 2 in his weight class. The biggest wins of the day, assistant coach Miles Cook said, came in the Demons’ dual against Eaton.
That came from 160-pounder Edgar Carbajal, who at one point was down 13-4 to Jake Sandau before coming away with a pin at the 5:20 mark of the match. The other came at 132 from Irvin Pallares, who earned a 9-2 win against Nick Pringle.
The Demons were also without wrestlers at 138 and 145 pounds for the tournament the whole day, making the 5-0 dual-match record Saturday that much more impressive.
“We’re really excited as a coaching staff about the way we’ve come back after the break,” Cook said. “These guys are really taking things seriously this year.”
The Demons wrestle next in a home dual against Grand Valley on Thursday.
Prado leads Rifle wrestlers at Eagle Valley Invitational
GYPSUM — Rifle’s Jose Prado won the heavyweight championship at the Eagle Valley Invitational, helping the Bears to a fourth-place finish in the team standings of the 18-team tournament.
Prado, a Rifle senior, pinned Josh Schaecher of Eagle Valley in 37 seconds in the weight-class championship. He’s one of seven Rifle wrestlers to manage a top-four finish, including freshman Colt Rohrig (fourth at 120), sophomore Alex Cordova (fourth at 126), senior David Fugita (third at 138), Drake Montgomery (second at 145), Ethan Strouse (third at 160), and senior Alex Rivas (second at 170). Hotchkiss won the tournament team title with 189 points, with Eagle Valley (142), Steamboat Springs (96) and Rifle (91) following. Rifle tied with Grand Junction Central for fourth place.
Other top finishes included Coal Ridge 126-pounder Lane Nelson, who finished second at 126 pounds, and Eddie Baez, who was fourth at 152. Finishing second at 195 pounds was Grand Valley sophomore Jonathan Downing, with Coal Ridge’s Couy Harrington finishing fifth in the weight class.
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Montrose will pose a tough challenge for the Demons to win their home tournament. “They’re a team that every year has a well-disciplined program that executes, plays hard and is well-coached,” Glenwood coach Fred Heisel said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.