Basalt High wrestling team off to fast start
The Aspen Times
The Longhorns are back on the mats.
The Basalt High School wrestling team, in its third season after a 10-year hiatus at BHS, is back in action for the 2014-15 prep season.
The wrestlers are coached by Ryan Bradley, assisted by Thaddeus Eshelman and Yukani Ruiz.
Bradley said the Longhorns have 20 wrestlers out at the high school.
Senior Luis Ruiz, who is 5-1 on the season, leads the team along with returning state qualifier Olmer Marquez, a junior who is undefeated through six matches.
The high school program, Bradley said, is supported by a middle school program although neither the high school nor the middle school wrestling programs receive district funding.
The programs are supported through fundraising efforts.
The high school Longhorns wrapped up the first week of competition with a 2-3 record in dual matches.
The Basalt wrestlers started the season with a road dual at Coal Ridge High School near New Castle.
Ruiz started the dual with a pin in his first match at 132 pounds.
Junior Trent Honken followed with another pin at 138 pounds.
At 160, junior Daniel Arroyos scored a 7-1 decision over his opponent in his very first high school wrestling match.
Another highlight was freshmen Sergio Garcia winning a major decision 10-0 at 195 pounds.
Going into the final match of the night at 120 pounds, the Longhorns held a slim 37-36 lead.
Basalt freshmen Cooper Braun won by injury default when his opponent was not able to continue the match, giving the Longhorns the dual title 43-36.
Basalt will face Coal Ridge twice more this season in duals.
Last weekend, the Longhorns competed in the Buena Vista Demon dual tournament for the second year in a row.
The Longhorns drew the host team, seventh-ranked Class 2A Buena Vista, in the first round.
In a tight dual winning for the Longhorns were senior Luis Ruiz in a decision 11-7, juniors Daniel Arroyos, Olmer Marquez and Trent Honken by pin, and freshman Alex Alberto by pin.
The score was tied 39-39 after the dual and on the fifth tiebreaker, Buena Vista pulled out the win.
After the Buena Vista dual, the Longhorns handed Gunnison a 59-18 loss.
Basalt then lost a close 39-30 dual against Swink, the No. 8-ranked team in Class 2A.
Basalt also lost 51-30 to Glenwood Springs in a weekend dual between the two Roaring Fork School District wrestling programs.
Here are the results of the Basalt-Glenwood Springs dual:
106 — Felix Cano of Glenwood Springs won by pin over freshman Henry Vargas of Basalt.
113 — Freshman Albert Marquez of BHS won by forfeit.
120 — Riley Prough of Glenwood Springs won by fall over Basalt freshman Cooper Braun.
126 — Larry Flores pinned Basalt senior Nolan Jones.
132 — Senior Luis Ruiz of BHS pinned Jonathan Vazquez of Glenwood Springs.
138 —Irvin Pallares won by pin over junior Trent Dempsey of Basalt
145 — Freshman Alex Alberto won by fall over Agustin Hernandez of Glenwood Springs
152 — Juan Vigil won by pin over Basalt freshman Thomas Wirth.
160 — Myles Wilson won by pin over Basalt junior Daniel Arroyos.
170 — Junior Jack Huggard of BHS won by fall over Jose Diaz.
182 — Edgar Carbajal won by pin over Basalt freshman William Rivera.
195 — Cristian Gonzalez of Glenwood Springs won by forfeit.
220 — Junior Olmer Marquez of BHS won by fall over Irvin Vazquez.
285 — Gerry Viveros of Glenwood Springs defeated Basalt freshman Oswaldo Morales 5-3.
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