Titan grapplers have rough Friday at home
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” The pain in his shoulder wouldn’t stop, but neither would he.
Coal Ridge senior Keenan Grumley was battling a pinched nerve, along with three other 140-pound wrestlers, Friday evening at a home meet with Grand Valley, Hotchkiss and Cedaredge.
In his last match of the night against Cedaredge’s Martin Alejandre, Grumley wore a pained grimace much of the match, clutching at his left arm whenever there was a break in the action. Action that eventually spilled into overtime, making him work for more than the usual six minutes.
Grumley was behind 6-2 in the middle of the second period and, after a reversal, he was only down by two with two minutes remaining. Down 8-6 with less than a minute left, he was looking to pick up much-needed back points, but Alejandre managed to scamper out of bounds with 26 seconds to go.
Grumley notched the two points he needed to tie on a take down with three seconds showing on the clock. Thirty-five seconds into overtime he scored the another takedown for the 10-8 win.
“I’m not really sure when it started hurting,” Grumley said of his bum shoulder. “One day it just started hurting. Other than that, I was feeling pretty good out there, but I should’ve wrestled better on the last one.”
Earlier in the evening he picked up a win by pinning Hotchkiss’ Ronnie Hicks in 1 minute, 50 seconds, but lost his other bout to Grand Valley’s Jared Tonder when he was pinned in 3:49.
As a team, the Titans didn’t fare that well in team scores, partly due to injury and ineligible wrestlers, coach Rob Grumley said. Coal Ridge lost each dual, first to Hotchkiss (72-6), then to Grand Valley (60-12), and closed the night with a 42-27 loss to Cedaredge.
“We’re taking advantage of opportunities in the last dual, a lot better job than in the first two,” Coach Grumley said. “I want to pick up our intensity, just be more explosive off the bottom and finish when we have them on their back.”
Grand Valley made the short trip east on Interstate 70 and picked up the win over Coal Ridge and another against Cedaredge, 54-24. Being that the Titans had a shortened roster due to injury and ineligibility, the Cardinals didn’t get to see the mat as much as they would’ve liked.
“I just wish we would’ve had more matches,” Cardinals coach Rick Gallegos said. “But, he’s (Coach Grumley) battling through some injuries now and he really can’t do anything about that. And Cedaredge, they had the numbers, but they were just a little inexperienced.”
Against Coal Ridge, six Cardinals earned pins: Kelcey Satterfield (160 pounds), James Drinkhouse (130), David Witt (135), Tonder (140), Ryan Gallegos (145) and Tyler Miles (152).
In Tonder’s match with Grumley, the Cardinal quickly fell behind 2-0, but was up 4-3 after the first period.
After five back points in a row, Tonder held a solid 9-3 lead and rode that out for a pin near the end of the second. He was thankful he had enough breath to walk away with the win.
“He’s one of those kids that comes out strong,” Tonder said. “It’s a thanks to our coaches ” they push us real good so that in the later rounds we still have the strength we need.”
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