The Dogs took to the road last weekend, winning Friday night's dual at Gunnison, 52-6. The Cowboys forfeited in seven of 14 weight classes.
Hotchkiss lost two matches by decision, according to head coach Glen Suppes: one to freshman Jack O'Dell (22-7) over Jake Hubbell, who lost in a last-second takedown at 106, and the other to sophomore Justin O'Dell (26-10) over Tanner Bizer at 126. The dual was held in the Paul Wright Gymnasium at Western State Colorado University and preceded the WSCU-Grand Canyon University dual.
Hotchkiss opened Saturday's Centauri Duals with three losses, then went on to win its last two duals. They opened with a 60-15 loss to Centauri, the team that went undefeated for the tournament win. Brothers Jesse Head (138) and Dustin Head (152) won their respective matches, and Zack Taylor (285) won by forfeit. At 145, No. 2-ranked Joe Boyle won his match by pinfall, but the No. 2-ranked senior wasn't able to go up against top-ranked Jason Buhr, who was out with an injury. "We would have liked to have seen him," said Suppes, of Buhr, "but we understand that injuries happen."
At 113, Garrett Toothaker is back on the mat after an extended illness. Toothaker was pinned by fifth-ranked Dillon Bellino, but wrestled well, said Suppes. He ended the day at 3-2.
Hotchkiss lost 40-24 to Florence. Scoring points were Boyle, Dustin Head, Erick Steckel and Tony Ibarra (160), who all won by pinfall.
Hotchkiss came up short against Buena Vista with a 48-36 loss. With several very close matches, the dual was closer than the score indicated, said Suppes. Boyle (20-3) pinned Malik Johnson (20-8), Hubbell pinned Christopher Meseke, and Toothaker (10-6) pinned Patrick Huffman (17-10).
The Dogs defeated Pagosa Springs, 45-18. After winning his opening matches by forfeit, heavyweight Zack Taylor wrestled to a 3-2 upset win over seventh-ranked Creede Wylie. Boyle, Steckel and Hank Edwards (132) all won by pinfall.
The final dual, against Trinidad, ended in a 30-30 tie and went to criteria, said Suppes. Hotchkiss was awarded a point for the most wins by pin — six — to win the dual, 31-30.
Dustin Head, Steckel, Toothaker, Tanner Bizer (126), Boyle and Hubbell each pinned their opponent.
The team was "definitely in a tougher pool," said Suppes. Not the greatest day, but in most cases they won where they should have won. With regionals just over a week away, they got to see some of the competition they'll face as they battle for state seeding at the regional tournament, which begins Feb. 15, at Grand Valley High School.
Hotchkiss will compete this Friday in the Western Slope Duals, which begin at 2 p.m., at Cedaredge High School. The Bulldogs open against Basalt and will dual Grand Valley and Coal Ridge high schools.blog comments powered by Disqus