Prep wrestling: Myles Wilson finds a way
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Myles Wilson wasn’t very happy with himself after he lost a pair of wrestling matches at the beginning of the season. So far, the Glenwood Springs High School freshman has made sure it hasn’t happened again.
Wilson won his 20th and 21st consecutive match on Thursday, with his two victories by pin running the 138-pounder’s record to 27-2 and helping the Demons earn a split with Eagle Valley and Steamboat Springs during a dual triangular at the old Glenwood Springs High gymnasium Thursday night.
“I lost those two matches at the beginning of the season, and I kind of told myself that losing … is no fun,” Wilson said. “I knew that if I just picked it up a notch and kept going, good things would happen.”
A lot of good things have been happening for Wilson, who continued that run against Steamboat and Eagle Valley. Wilson pinned the Sailors’ Will Anderson in 2 minutes, 10 seconds, and held a 12-0 lead after the first period. He was just as dominant against Aldo Palacius of Eagle Valley, pinning him in 1:48 after scoring three nearfalls and a pair of takedowns.
Meanwhile, no team ended up dominant in the match. The Demons beat Eagle Valley, 40-36, even though the Devils netted one more pin. Steamboat, thanks to a come-from-behind victory by Gage Reynolds over Glenwood’s Joel Ordonez, beat the Demons 39-37. And Eagle Valley won by the slimmest or margins against Steamboat, prevailing 37-36.
Wilson, however, has been driven since suffering a pair of losses back in December — and it shows.
“We kind of had an idea of what we were getting when he came in here,” said Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook, who noted that Wilson had wrestled continuously with Rifle’s Josiah Rider while traveling to tournaments around the country. “But what we didn’t know was just how hard of a worker he is when he gets in the wrestling room. And he’s been getting better and better as the season has gone along.”
The Demons, as a team, suffered a setback this past weekend. Junior 195-pounder Cristian Gonzalez broke his left hand while the Demons were at a tournament in Rangely this past weekend. Gonzalez has lost just once this season. Cook said the team will re-evaluate Gonzalez’s health prior to the 4A regional tournament next month.
Also winning twice for Glenwood was senior Justin Barham, who pinned Davey Madrid of Eagle Valley at 160 pounds after recording a pin over Steamboat’s Dylan Wallace at 170. The Demons’ Riley Prough won twice at 113, holding off a near pin from Steamboat’s Dakota Thevdt in the final seconds of the match to earn a 9-7 decision.
Reynolds’ win proved to be the difference maker for the Sailors against Glenwood. Down 12-2 headed into the final minute, Reynolds scored a reversal and pinned Ordonez with 29 seconds remaining in the match.
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