Basalt wrestlers travel for duals |

Basalt wrestlers travel for duals

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Basalt senior Luis Ruiz picks bottom to start the second period in his match at Cedaredge last weekend.
Courtesy photo |

The Basalt High School wrestling team hit the road last weekend for a pair of duals.

The Longhorns, coached by Ryan Bradley, opened the road show with a dual at Cedaredge, a top-10 Class 2A wrestling team. The Longhorns lost the dual 58-23, but Bradley was encouraged.

“We were able to pull out some strong wins,” Bradley said.

Junior Olmer Marquez, ranked No. 5 in the state in his classification, jumped up a weight class to wrestle the Bruins’ No. 5-ranked 2A standout, junior Mario Madaleno.

“Marquez gave up 25 pounds but managed to control the match en route to a 24-7 technical fall,” Bradley said.

At 138 pounds, Basalt junior Trent Honken came from behind for a dramatic victory.

“In a tight match, losing with a minute left, he reversed his opponent and locked up an inside cradle for a pin with 28 seconds left in the match,” Bradley said of the match against Cedaredge sophomore Skylar Kuhn.

At 160 pounds, junior Daniel Arroyos stepped up with a pin against Brandon O’Hern in the second period. This is Arroyos first season as a high school wrestler.

In the next to last match of the night, junior Jack Huggard of the Longhorns pinned Tory Wilson in the first period. Huggard is a student at Aspen High School who wrestles with the Longhorns because AHS does not field a wrestling team.

The loss to Cedaredge was an improvement over the past two years when the Longhorns managed only three wins combined.

“With only two seniors on the team and a lot of freshmen, we look forward to next year’s dual at Cedaredge,” Bradley said.

The Basalt wrestlers spent last Friday night camping out in the Cedaredge wrestling room.

Half of the BHS wrestler went to the Rifle JV Tournament while the other half went to Delta for the toughest individual tournament of the season Saturday.

“The Delta Tournament has plenty of tough competition,” Bradley said of the tourney that featured two-time defending 2A state champion Paonia as well as wrestling powers Meeker, Delta, Rifle and Durango.

Basalt’s Marquez placed fourth at 220 pounds.

Senior Luis Ruiz finished fifth at 132 pounds.

Huggard, a junior, placed sixth at 170 pounds.

“Luis Ruiz had an exciting match to gain his medal against returning state-qualifier Kylloe Goedert of Meeker,” Bradley said. “In overtime, he countered a single-leg (takedown) and won the ensuing scramble to guarantee his place on the podium.”

Marquez also avenged his only loss of the season when he pinned Alejandro Medina of Delta in 20 seconds after losing to him in double overtime earlier in the tournament.

Huggard, according to Bradley, was winning 8-0 in the fifth-place match when he was reversed and pinned by his Hotchkiss opponent with a minute left on the clock.

“Jack has improved a lot from last season and is one of the strongest members of the squad,” Bradley said.

The Longhorns will travel against this week with the West Grand Invitational on Saturday in Kremmling.