|Wrestlers dual Burlington, Wray|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
Dragon wrestlers hosted Wray Thursday, Feb. 7 and traveled to Burlington Tuesday, Feb. 5 for dual action.
Holyoke 25, Wray 52
A moment of silence in memory of former HHS wrestling coach Larry Stroh opened the Holyoke-Wray dual Thursday, Feb. 7.
It was a good night for wrestling, with both teams having competitors in 13 weight classes. Wray’s Jake Rockwell won by forfeit at 113 lbs., the only weight class that Holyoke was open.
HHS won five matches. Nicholas Ortner at 138 lbs., Ben Martinez at 145 and T.J. Gertner at 160 all won with pins. Jesus Hermosillo took a 13-1 decision at 195 lbs., and Eric Rojo made a tremendous come-from-behind effort to win in overtime 17-15 at 106 lbs.
Coach Jack Garrison was pleased with how the Dragons wrestled, despite the fact they lost the dual. “They fought hard and tried hard,” said Garrison, and he was pleased with their conditioning.
Dragon Eric Rojo, pictured on top, works his way back from a nine-point deficit to win a 17-15 overtime decision over Wray’s Michael Flores.
He noted Eric Rojo’s match was one of the best he’s seen. Rojo won that on a “never-give-up” approach, said Garrison.
The Dragons are ready to bust into regionals Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16 at NJC in Sterling. Garrison feels good about where the team is in terms of conditioning, and looks forward to the last two weeks of the season.
Individual match results from the Wray dual follow:
106 lbs.—Eric Rojo decisioned Michael Flores 17-15 in overtime. He trailed 3-12 at the end of the first period, 10-15 after two and it was tied 15-15 at the end of regulation.
120 lbs.—Issac Brandt lost a 4-19 decision to Orlando LeFever.
126 lbs.—Fernando Lopez was pinned in 1:34 by Ramon Tarin.
132 lbs.—Morgan Golden was pinned in :47 by Alex Tarin.
138 lbs.—Nicholas Ortner pinned Kyler Churchwell in 4:53.
145 lbs.—Ben Martinez pinned Brian Jones in 3:26.
152 lbs.—Leo Ortiz was pinned in 1:33 by Cade Schulz.
160 lbs.—T.J. Gertner pinned Trace Combs in 5:58.
170 lbs.—José Jaquez was pinned in 3:38 by Thomas Groves.
182 lbs.—Astolfo Rojo lost a 2-17 decision to Matt Sullivan.
195 lbs.—Jesus Hermosillo won a 13-1 decision over Jonas Cure.
220 lbs.—Dylan Kotch got caught and was pinned in 1:45 by Aaron Escamilla Perez.
285 lbs.—Sid Struckmeyer was pinned in 2:22 by Michael Huerta.
Two JV matches preceded the varsity wrestling. Luke Stewart pinned Beau Beckman in 3:19 at 145 lbs., and Cesar Hinostroza pinned Cesar Escamilla Perez in 1:38 at 195 lbs.
T.J. Gertner and his 160-lb. Wray opponent Trace Combs tie each other in knots in a match that was tied 6-6 a period and a half before Gertner put Combs on his back for the pin with two seconds on the clock.
Holyoke 36, Burlington 40
In the Feb. 5 dual at Burlington, the Cougars ended up with the four-point win, 40-36.
Only six matches were actually wrestled, with T.J. Gertner posting the only match win for Holyoke.
Both teams were open at 120 lbs. and Burlington won points in Holyoke’s open weight classes at 113 and 138 lbs.
Holyoke wrestlers winning in open classes were Spencer Kotch at 170, Cody Lamm 182, Jesus Hermosillo 195, Dylan Kotch 220 and Fernando Rojo 285.
Gertner pinned Dylan Fisher in :50 at 160 lbs.
Eric Rojo was pinned by L. Durham in 2:42 at 106 lbs., Fernando Lopez was pinned by M. Torres in 1:23 at 126, Morgan Golden was pinned in :22 by K. Kilboin at 132, Luke Stewart lost a 7-18 decision to Madison Grinnan at 145, and Javy Rojo was pinned in 1:36 by M. Richardson at 152.
Holyoke Enterprise February 14, 2013