Photo by Wayne Crick Delta’s David Brown (top) controlled his Rifle opponent from start to finish and eventually recorded a fall in the second period.Clayton Curtis believes his Delta Panthers are coming along. Last Thursday's home meet with Rifle was a good indication of what the Panthers might be capable of.
Curtis notes his team is working hard at competing at a high level. "We are coming along. We're not where we want to be, but we're getting there. We want to get them where they need to be at the end of the season because that's what counts."
Rifle was rated ninth in the state coming into the match against Delta and the Panthers were pumped for the match, according to Curtis.
Last Thursday's match against the Bears began with the 138-pound match between Delta's Kodie Komives and Rifle's Dalas Rohrig. The Bears jumped out to an early lead with a pinfall in 1:46.
Derek Horn came back at 145 to post a hard-fought 5-4 decision and Hunter Brasfield won easily (14-3) at 152.
Cordell Stroud secured a win at 160 by forfeit. Rifle won by a fall at 170 over Delta's Cory Mills at the 1:32 mark.
Alfredo Rosales built a 7-2 lead after one period and went on to score an 11-2 decision at 182 giving the Panthers a 17-12 lead.
Kyle Collins scored six points with a pin at 1:32 in the first period. Lino Ortiz was winning his 220-pound match by a score of 4-1 after the first period. Ortiz was unable to get out of trouble in the second period and suffered a loss by pin at 3:50 in the match.
At heavyweight, Marcus Garcia scored two points in the opening period and made it stand up for a 2-0 win.
Jayden Chynoweth won by forfeit at 106 with David Brown and Hayes McCracken picking up pins at 113 and 120.
Shane Anderson trailed 6-1 in the first period of his 126-pound match but came back to pin his opponent at the 2:53 mark of the match.
Rifle scored five points for a technical fall over Delta's Tylon Cordova at 132 to make the final score 50-23.
The Panthers are in Monte Vista on Friday (Jan. 18) and in Alamosa on Saturday.