Two Cards wrestlers stay alive in Class 2A tourney
DENVER – Consolation matches test and find the heart in wrestlers.At that point in the state tournament, it’s sudden death. Another loss and the season’s over.When the bell rang for Friday’s Class 2A second round consolation bracket matches, Grand Valley’s Cody Miles and Justin Busch were ready.”They had the desire and they just didn’t want to go home tonight,” said head coach Rick Gallegos of the wrestlers’ victories, which moved them into third round consolation today. Along with the renewed chance of winning a state medal – if Busch and Miles win matches this morning.Gallegos wasn’t too worried with Miles’ ability to psych himself up after losing a 140-pound championship quarterfinal earlier Friday. “Miles is a self-motivator. He gets himself fired up,” the coach explained.”That loss in the quarterfinals (to Kevin Levalley) hurt him. But, going against a two-time state champ, (Cody) knew things could possibly not go his way. But he knew he still had some wrestling to do.” Matched up against Rocky Ford’s Daniel Ornelas, Miles showed no weaknesses. Scoring early, the Cardinal sophomore broke Ornelas down quickly, extending his early lead to a 9-0 decision.He draws Tyler Ranson of South Park as an opponent for the third round of the consolation bracket.The coach, however, wasn’t as confident about Busch’s motivation going into his 145-pound match with Limon senior J.P. Juranek.”After he lost that close match to (Jeron Aragon of) Rocky Ford, I didn’t know if Busch had any desire to come back out tonight,” said Gallegos. Busch lost a narrow 4-3 decision to Aragon earlier.”He really wanted to be in that semifinal match,” Gallegos continued. “But, he showed me how bad he wanted to come back and place.”Rather than an opponent, Juranek turned out to be a rag doll. Busch dominated the match, just like his teammate. Toward the end of the 11-3 major decision, the only question was how many points Busch would score on Juranek. Busch’s next foe is Antonito’s Alfonso Casias.Sophomore Matt Cain wasn’t as fortunate.Dropped down to the 130-pound consolation bracket after an opening-round defeat Thursday, ended his first state championship tournament end with a 6-4 defeat to Sargent’s Mario Diaz.Class 2A third round consolations matches begin at 11 a.m., immediately followed by fifth- and third-place matches.
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