Montrose wins three overtime matches to top Fruita

Montrose wins three overtime matches to top Fruita

Montrose’s Marcus Velasquez, top, tries to pin Fruita Monument’s Aidan Woomer during the 152-pound match Thursday night. Velasquez won 7-5 in three overtimes, one of three overtime wins for the Indians in a 42-23 dual victory.

Usually, overtime coin flips are reserved for football games.

But on Thursday, Fruita Monument’s Isaac Rodriguez and Montrose’s Geordon Hudson began overtime by flipping each other over and, as it turned out, Hudson landed on top.

Heads, it was.

“We got into a scramble,” Hudson said, “and it worked out in my favor.”

The 145-pounder, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A according to the On the Mat rankings, won the overtime match, 7-5, over Rodriguez, a freshman ranked No. 8 in 5A.

It was one of three overtime matches won by Montrose, which defeated host Fruita Monument 42-23 despite forfeiting four weight classes.

When the time went past the six minutes of regulation, Montrose had the advantage. Credit the Indians’ “grudge matches,” in which they wrestle for a non-stop 10 minutes during practices.

Montrose coach Kevin Passehl said the idea came from Colorado Mesa University’s wrestling team and coach Chuck Pipher.

“My son (Jordan Passehl) said, ‘We do these grudge matches,’ ” Passehl said, “and I said, ‘Ah ... that’s a good idea.’ “

The grueling conditioning perhaps helped Hudson, as well as Keegan Harmon in his 5-4 overtime decision over Blain Uphoff at 132 pounds and Marcus Velasquez, who downed Fruita Monument’s Aidan Woomer 7-5 in three overtimes at 152 pounds.

Also for Montrose, Jason Cooper, Matt Sandoval, Kordell Bradshaw and Cole Panter all had pins.

But the match of the night went to Hudson, who overcame Rodriguez’s third period attempt at a high-bridge pin, where Rodriguez essentially attempted to pin Hudson with his own back facing the mat.

The risky pin attempt allowed Hudson a reversal to send the match into overtime.

“I didn’t want it to go into overtime,” Rodriguez said.

Unfortunately for Rodriguez, he didn’t get back points for temporarily sticking Hudson to the mat at the end of regulation, nor did he get takedown points when he momentarily was on top of Hudson during the coin flip-like scramble in overtime.

“I have to say,” Hudson said, “he wrestled better than I did.”

In the next match, Velasquez showed his endurance in his three-overtime victory.

Velasquez, ranked No. 6 at 152 in 4A, nearly pinned Woomer right after the whistle for the beginning of the third overtime.

“We work hard in practice for matches like these,” Velasquez said.

Dallas Bernal won the only match for Fruita in a 15-0 technical fall victory over Jacob Kirby at 170 pounds.

“We gave up three pins right away,” Fruita coach Dan Van Hoose said. “Then it’s a snowball effect. It affects everybody.”

Palisade 67, Moffat County 12; Palisade 76, Steamboat Springs 6: Palisade traveled to Moffat County and disposed of both Moffat County and Steamboat Springs.

Moffat County and Steamboat Springs had several weight classes in which they didn’t have a wrestler.

Palisade did what coach Brian Rush expected, highlighted by two pins by 170-pounder Eddie Vial.

“I think our conditioning is starting to get better,” Rush said, “and it looks like we’re starting to get where we need to be at the end of the season. We’re looking forward to going to Fairview next weekend to see some new kids.”


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