Prep wrestling: Two Demons remain undefeated; two Bears in hunt for podium finish
KEENESBURG — Glenwood Springs High’s Cristian Gonzalez and Riley Prough each remained unbeaten this season, with Gonzalez pinning one of Class 4A’s top-ranked wrestlers during the Demons’ performance at the Weld Central Duals on Friday.
Gonzalez, who moved to 13-0 at 195 pounds, earned a pin against Benjamin Self of Air Academy in 4 minutes, 42 seconds. Self, who came into the dual tournament as 4A’s top-ranked wrestler at 195, was up 2-0 for much of the match before Gonzalez got in a position to pin him.
“It was real close throughout,” Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook said. “It just came down to Cristian’s brute strength for him to get the win.”
Gonzalez also earned a forfeit victory and a win by fall over Silver Creek’s Daniel Tellez in 1:09. Also improving to 13-0 this season was Prough, who won each of his matches by pin at 120 pounds. His quickest pin came against Jacob Good of Holy Family, who he pinned in 29 seconds.
Losing for the first time this season was Glenwood 152-pounder Myles Wilson, who fell to Joseph Prieto of Holy Family 6-5. Wilson rallied from a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead into the third period but wasn’t able to catch up after Prieto scored on a reversal early in the third period. Wilson, who was ranked No. 2 at 152 coming into the tournament, is now 12-1 this season.
Glenwood finished 2-1 in duals during the day, beating Holy Family (54-21) and Air Academy (52-19) while being edged by Silver Creek (39-36).
Also winning three matches for Glenwood was 126-pounder Larry Flores, who earned a win by forfeit and two victories by decision.
The Demons have four more duals scheduled when tournament competition resumes today.
Rifle wrestlers have chance at podium finish at Warrior Classic
GRAND JUNCTION — Rifle High heavyweight Jose Prado and Bears’ 170-pounder Alex Rivas each have a chance at a third-place finish after their Friday performances at the annual Warrior Classic Tournament at Grand Junction Central High School.
Prado, a Rifle senior and a state placer last season, won his first two matches before falling to Jordan Tucker of Green River, 4-2. That moved him into the consolation bracket of his weight class, where he can finish third with three victories today.
Rivas also reached the quarterfinals of his weight class before falling by a 14-9 decision to top-seeded Taylor Bergquist of Arvada West. Falling in Friday afternoon’s consolation bracket was Rifle senior Davy Fugita, who suffered a second-round loss at 138 pounds and advanced two rounds in the consolation bracket before falling to Rudie Vasquez of Fountain Fort Carson.
Making it to the tournament’s semifinals was Josiah Rider, a Grand Junction High School freshman whose family lives in Silt. Rider, who came into the tournament as the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class in Class 5A, earned two pins and a technical fall on his way to today’s tournament semifinals against Shandon Welsh of Green River, Utah.
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