Rifle makes short work of the competition at Delta tourney
DELTA, Colorado ” The Rifle Bears wrestlers started their season pretty strong, and winning the Delta Tournament on Saturday only adds to their hot streak.
Rifle had five first-place finishers, and two second- and third-place finishers.
The Bears tallied 243 points, Kirtland, N.M., had 164 points, and Grand Valley was third with 157.
Rifle excelled in pinning their opponents, head coach John Wisniewski said.
The team worked on the chicken wing and half-nelson in practice last week, and it “put away a lot of guys,” Wisniewski said.
Dano Fugita (160 pounds) went 4-0 at the tournament; James Martinez (130), James Conrardy (145) and Tad Davis (285) each went 3-0; and at 215 pounds Brian Key was 2-0.
Up next for the Bears is the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction starting this Friday. The Bears still need to work on conditioning and should have a lot of live wrestling in practice this week.
BUENA VISTA, Colorado ” The Glenwood Springs Demon wrestlers went 3-2 at the Buena Vista Dual Tournament on Saturday.
They beat Lake County 39-36, Platte Canyon 42-30 and Salida 36-32, but lost to Centauri 60-21 and Buena Vista 60-24.
Heavyweight Greg Orosz was the only undefeated Demon at 5-0.
Demons coach Guy Brickell had high praise for freshmen Dallas Harbour (103 pounds) and Mike Mills (112). Harbour went 2-3, and Mills was 4-1.
“They just had no quit in them,” Brickell said. “Even when they were overmatched.”
Glenwood plays host to Coal Ridge on Wednesday, with the action starting at 6 p.m.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Coal Ridge didn’t have the weekend they would have liked at the Mesa State Tournament on Saturday, losing four duals.
Rangely was up first, and they downed the Titans 64-18. Head Coach Rob Grumley said his team didn’t match up well with them, but that shouldn’t be an excuse, he added.
The Titans had their best match against Senator, but still ended up losing 39-33. They gave up forfeits at 119, 215 and 285 pounds, 18 quick points that went straight to Senator.
Olathe then had their way with the Titans, winning 63-16.
“They’re just loaded,” Grumley said. “We won a few where we needed to, and we have young guys who are wrestling to their potential. They’re just young and inexperienced.”
The Titans finished the tournament against Central, losing 68-12.
Later in the dual, Coal Ridge had two matches when they were up by six points late in the third period, but ended up getting pinned.
At 189 pounds, Bradey Gasaway was the lone Titan who went undefeated at 3-0. Neal Schultz (125), Keenan Grumley (140), Michael Larsen (160), and Kevin Laidlaw (171) each went 2-2.
Coal Ridge will make the short trip to Glenwood Springs on Wednesday.
Grumley said his team was a little weak wrestling off the bottom at Mesa St., and they need to make sure they don’t get into “coast mode” when they’re leading in a match.
“We have to wrestle for the whole six minutes,” Grumley said.
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