|Dragons compete in league wrestling dual tournament|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
Nine HHS wrestlers competed in the LPAA League tournament at Merino Friday, Jan. 7.
They were without Parker Redfern, who was injured in practice the night before.
Set up as a dual tournament, the league outing gave the opportunity for important mat time, noted coach Jack Garrison.
However, with six open weight classes, the Dragons gave up as many as 30 points before the duals even started. That didn’t put them in high team rankings for the day.
Coming out of pool dual competition 0-3, Holyoke took on Fleming for seventh and eighth, winning seventh place.
When the opposing team had an open weight class, another team could move in a junior varsity wrestler to give experience to more kids. The points still went down for the wrestler on the team competing in that dual, regardless of the bout outcome.
Holyoke 36, Merino 36
While the dual with Merino ended in a tied score, Merino was declared the winner, as they earned three pins, and Holyoke had only two.
In that dual action, Spencer Kotch and Perry Garrett picked up Holyoke’s pins over Merino wrestlers. Mark Edmonds pinned a Yuma wrestler, Jesus Hermosillo pinned a Wray opponent and Skyler Dittmer and Broc Pelle won by forfeit without wrestling.
Holyoke 30, Wiggins 36
It was another close dual with Wiggins, who defeated HHS 36-30.
Winning their matches with pins were Edmonds, Dittmer, Kotch and Pelle. Garrett picked up a forfeit as Wiggins didn’t have a heavyweight wrestler.
Wiggins won four matches and earned two wins by forfeit to capture the match win.
Holyoke 17, Wray 60
Wray dominated Holyoke 60-17. The Eagles won six actual matches and picked up points on four forfeits.
Dittmer and Pelle both pinned their Wray challengers and Edmonds won a tech fall. Neither team had a 103-lb. wrestler.
Holyoke 42, Fleming 28
Holyoke defeated Fleming 42-28 to take seventh place in the league tourney.
Fleming won two matches for 10 of their points, and picked up 18 more on three forfeits in open weight classes.
Edmonds, Dittmer, Leo Ortiz and Kotch all won their matches, while Martinez defeated a Wiggins wrestler and Pelle was open. Astolfo Rojo had no Fleming opponent, so earned forfeit points, but was defeated in his bout with a Wray wrestler.
Actual match results for Holyoke wrestlers Friday at the league tourney follow:
125 lbs.—Mark Edmonds pinned his Yuma opponent in 5:18, pinned Tryston Keefe of Wiggins in :58, won a tech fall over Kyler Churchwell of Wray and won by a pin in the second period in the Fleming dual.
135 lbs.—Skyler Dittmer pinned Danny McCombs of Wiggins in :52, pinned Jaden Valko of Wray in 3:29 and pinned Rhy Rigel of Fleming in :55.
140 lbs.—Ben Martinez was pinned in 1:57 by Peach Hastings of Merino, pinned in 3:30 by Buddy Watson of Wiggins, pinned in :59 by Peyton Ritchey of Wray and pinned in 1:25 by a Wiggins wrestler.
145 lbs.—Leo Ortiz was pinned in 1:27 by David Michel of Merino, pinned in 1:38 by Dave McCombs of Wiggins, pinned in 3:09 by R.D. Braz of Wray and pinned Brent Davis of Fleming in :31.
152 lbs.—Spencer Kotch pinned Mike Hart of Merino in 3:17, pinned Travis Groves of Wiggins in 5:08, was pinned in :58 by Caleb Merritt of Wray and pinned Mitch Vanduren of Fleming in 1:00.
171 lbs.—Broc Pelle pinned Garrett Walker of Wiggins in 3:56 and pinned Jack Schwinn of Wray in 1:26.
189 lbs.—Astolfo Rojo was pinned in 1:51 by Tuff Gibson of Merino, was pinned in 1:10 by Jimmy Hard of Wiggins, was pinned in 2:53 by Levi Campfield of Wray and pinned a Wray opponent in 3:25.
215 lbs.—Jesus Hermosillo pinned a Wray opponent in 2:22, was pinned in 1:05 by Lane Venzke of Wiggins, was pinned in :56 by Zach Jackson of Wray and lost a 2-14 decision to Luke Davis of Fleming.
285 lbs.—Perry Garrett pinned Jake Karaga of Merino in 4:38, was pinned by Matt Sullivan of Wray in 2:46 and was pinned by Andrew Lightsey of Fleming in 1:22.