Palisade pin parade: Bulldogs put eight Panthers’ shoulders to the mat
Joey Dupre earned some bragging rights for the Palisade High School wrestling team’s practice run today.
The junior heavyweight had the fastest of eight pins Tuesday night for the Bulldogs in their 63-15 Western Slope League dual victory over Delta at Palisade High School. Dupre pinned Delta’s Juan Medina in 23 seconds.
“You want to be a part of it,” Dupre said. “You’re out there as an individual, but work in the room as a team.
“When you have a bunch of people getting pins like that, you compete over who gets one the fastest. We’ll talk a little about it tomorrow while running that hill.”
The Bulldogs won 11 of the 14 matches, two by forfeit.
Palisade 145-pound senior Wesley Shingleton, one of five who wrestled in the Bulldogs’ final home meet, pinned Eduardo Zavala in 1:10 to get the match started.
“The kids at the beginning got us started out right,” Palisade coach Brian Rush said. “The other kids continued to do well.
“What I liked, whether the kids won or lost tonight, they were going hard. That’s what you’ve got to do this time of the season. They did a good job on the takedowns and were aggressive.”
Shingleton’s teammates followed suit, almost to a T.
Senior Kelly Davis pinned Alfredo Rosales, but not until the third period, at 5:19, in 152 pounds.
“I was trying to work him,” Davis said. “I saw the Saunders (pin move) at the end and hit it. I felt a lot better.”
It was only Davis’ fourth match of the season after missing the first four weeks of the season with a torn knee ligament.
“Kelly’s doing good,” Rush said. “The conditioning is going to come with him. Each match its getting better.”
Palisade 160-pounder Cody Krabbe pinned the Panthers’ Josh Holvek in 1:41, and 189-pounder Kyle Hatcher pinned Cris Velasquez in 1:17, sandwiched in between two Palisade wins by forfeit.
Dupre’s pin gave the Bulldogs a 42-0 lead.
“Joey’s come a long way this year,” Rush said. “He’s getting more confidence on his feet. He’s starting to be the aggressor more. When he gets the guy down, he gets after it and starts hitting moves. He’s strong.”
After giving up a forfeit at 103, Palisade continued the pin parade with 112-pounder Justin Ray pinning Shane Anderson as the first period came to an end. Daniel Salazar needed only 50 seconds to pin his opponent to easily ensure the Bulldogs’ victory.
Palisade’s Mason Day pinned Irvin Hernandez at 130 and senior Terry Williams won a 13-6 decision at 140.
Delta’s Mykal DeHerrera won by forfeit at 103, Rudy Fantin defeated Kevin Martinez 15-3 at 125 and Nathan Trujillo defeated Marcus Vincent 18-2 at 135.