Drawing first blood: Franz shakes off bloddy nose, Indians get first league win

Franz shakes off bloody nose, Indians get first league win

Central High School’s Zach Short,left, works against Montrose’s Kyle Eide in the 152-pound-bout during duel action between the Montrose Indians and the Warriors at Central High School Friday evening.

Braxten Franz gets bloody noses easily.

“I usually get nose bleeds, but not like that,” the Montrose High School senior wrestler said Friday. “Once, I was taking a math test and I thought I had a runny nose. I looked down and there was blood all over my paper.”

His match in the 215-pound division Friday night was stopped several times because of a bloody nose.

Franz hung in there, though, until he scored a takedown in the final seconds to defeat Central’s Kyle Jamison 3-1 in the the 10th-ranked Indians’  49-23 Southwestern League victory over Central (3-2, 0-1 SWL).

Both teams wrestle today in the Maverick Duals at Brownson Arena.

“We got it stopped, then he cross-faced me,” Franz said. “It’s sore now, but it’s all right.”

It was an important first league win for Montrose (7-1,  1-0 SWL) in its quest for a fourth consecutive league title, but first under new head coach Kevin Passehl.

“We had to win this one,” Passehl said. “It’s the start of Southwestern League for us and for us to win it again, we had to beat (Central).”

The Indians won 10 of the 14 matches, including six by pin and three close decisions.

Central’s four wins were all lopsided, with two pins, a technical fall and forfeit.

Two-time state champion Matthew Gurule (5-0) dominated Kyle Rogers 25-9 at 119. Willy Holdren and Zach Short pinned their opponents at 145 and 152, respectively, and Mical Kramer won by forfeit at heavyweight.

“We had some close ones, but the season is still young,” Central assistant Clint Trujillo said. “We need to establish more meanness and aggressiveness.”

Franz, who weighed in at 189 pounds, not only wrestled with a bloody nose (nearly two minutes of blood time), he wrestled a much bigger Jamison.

“He is a light 215, but he can hang with anybody,” Passehl said. “That was a great match. He is good on his feet. I think he was tied up too much.”

Franz, ranked third in Class 4A, and Jamison danced around in the first period without scoring. Franz finally escaped a Jamison hold in the second period and held the 1-0 lead until the third when Jamison escaped Franz to tie the match.

As the clock ticked away and the match appeared to be heading to overtime, Franz quickly circled Jamison and took him down for the win and a 24-12 Montrose lead.

“I was giving it everything I had,” Franz said. “He did a good job putting pressure on my head. I think I wore him out.”

Montrose won two other matches by decision, at 125 and 160 pounds.

Drew Schumann scored a takedown and near fall in the third period to rally for a 6-5 victory over Anthony Feller at 125. Vance Hawk, a first-year varsity wrestler, scored a reversal in the third period to pull out a 6-5 victory over Dillon Johnson at 160.

The Indians had six pins and one major decision to go with the three nail-biter decisions.


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