The Bruins wrestling team upped its season dual record to 6-1 Thursday, claiming wins at 10 of 14 weights to win the dual at Hotchkiss, 66-18.
Bruins head coach Ted Schanen said he didn't know exactly what to expect after the long winter break.
"We had a good week of practice and everything, but it is a long break, and it gets to be a long season, too," said Schanen, who told his team just to wrestle strong.
"I'm really, really happy," added Schanen. "For the first meet after Christmas they don't look terribly out of shape, they look sharp with their technique. They came out ready to go."
The dual opened at 160 with Isaiah Surber pinning Bulldog Parker Katzdorn in 25.6 seconds. With Hotchkiss out three wrestlers in the upper weights, the Bruins jumped to a 24-0 lead, with Alejandro Alejandre (170), Brian Leahy (182) and Landon Eckhart (195) winning by forfeit.
At 220, Bruin junior Garrett Humble held his loss record at one with a second-round pin over Hotchkiss junior Tristan Todd.
Heavyweight Mario Madaleno won by pinfall (1:52) over freshman Conner Collins.
At 106 pounds, Bulldog Jake Hubbell took the mat for the Bulldogs for the first time this season. The senior expected to face Wyatt Toothaker (12-2), but instead faced freshman Blake Nation, winning by pinfall in the second round after leading 8-3.
Bulldog Colton Hall picked up a win by forfeit at 113 pounds.
Cedaredge put a win out of reach for the Bulldogs when Austin Todd pinned senior Garrett Toothaker in 38 seconds to win the 120-pound match and take a 42-12 lead. Bruin sophomore Jake Ostrom followed with a quick win at 126, pinning freshman Colton Deluzio in 38 seconds to put Cedaredge ahead, 48-12.
The Bruins picked up two more wins: Bruins senior Beau Hebert pinned freshman Kale Litzelman in 1:32 to win the 132 pound division, and senior Peter Williamson put junior Mitch McCurdy away in 51 seconds to win at 138 pounds.
Freshman 145 pounder Wade Katzdorn picked up the final win for the Bulldogs, pinning senior Ty Morton in 3:12.
At 152 pounds, Bruin freshman Zach Anderson won his first varsity match with a pin (1:23) over Brendon Beck.
"That happens, and I am still confident that they will continue to learn and improve," said Bulldogs first-year head coach Richard Flores. "It can be a little frustrating when knowing what you want to see and what is happening are two different things."
Schanen said the win was encouraging heading into the second half of the season. "I'm pretty excited for a lot of our kids. As a team we're just tight." Schanen said this is looking to be the team's best season in recent years. They have a 6-1 dual record, and will wrestle four more duals this week. On Saturday, the Bruins won the Eagle Valley Invitational.
"It's going to be a fun second half of the year, for sure," said Schanen.blog comments powered by Disqus