Prep wrestling: Meeker out-duals Demons in Glenwood’s lone home meet
Glenwood Springs senior Eric Krauth was dominant in a home meet Thursday night for the Demons that was otherwise dominated by the visiting Meeker Cowboys.
Krauth won his 138-pound bout in a 23-10 major decision over Meeker’s Tyson Portwood in what would be the Demons’ only contested match win for the night.
Meeker won the dual meet 66-16 over the host team.
“Our team was kind of getting beat up, so I knew I needed to go and work what we’ve been practicing in the room … and give the team something to feel good about,” Krauth said after his win, which improved his season record to 24-10.
“I was trying some new shots, and have been working on getting my conditioning where it needs to be. There’s always something new to learn from every match,” he said.
Glenwood’s JoJohn Ritter had a competitive match going with Meeker’s Elijah Leblanc in the 145-pound bout, before falling in 3:53. Same for Caden Howe at 160 pounds, who finally fell to Meeker’s Dax Sheridan in 3:44. The 285-pound match was also competitive before Demon Bryce Wheeler fell to the Cowboys’ Reese Harvey in 3:11.
The remainder of Glenwood’s points came by forfeit, including Elo Garcia at 152, and Cameron Small at 170 pounds.
“The kids were definitely fired up to wrestle in front of the home crowd,” assistant Glenwood coach Miles Cook said of the Demons’ one and only home meet this season. “We were hoping to make a little more noise than we ended up making, but I’m excited for them. They’re getting better every match, and we’re just hoping to peak at the right time as we get ready in a couple of weeks for regionals.”
Rifle 51, Olathe 27
The Rifle Bears scored a dual win on the road at Olathe Thursday night.
Highlights included hard-fought wins for Talon Cordova at 132 pounds by fall in 4 minutes over the Pirates’ Silvano Alejandro, and for Levi Miller at 170 pounds by fall in 5:48 over Peter German.
Other match wins for Rifle included: Hunter Bercher (106) by 6-0 decision over Justus Hubbard; Cauy Smith (126) by fall in 1:09 over Trenton Fletcher; Bryce Rowley (138) by fall in 1:26 over Mason Galvan; Dillon Tiffany (160) by fall in 3:39 over Jordan Perez; and Alex Guardado (195) by fall in 1:11 over Rodney Rice.
Basalt 30, Coal Ridge 24
A dual meet in Basalt saw only two contested matches for the night, with the remainder being decided by forfeit.
At 160 pounds, Basalt’s Brady Samuelson defeated the Titans’ Ronin Rockey by fall in 17 seconds; and, the Longhorns’ Ernesto Lopez won his 285-pound bout by fall in 1:01 over Rafael Sanchez.
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