Castonguay’s big win key in Tigers’ victory over Indians

Grand Junction’s Tyren Castonguay gets the upper hand Thursday night in his 106-pound match with Montrose’s Terrell Banuelos. Castonguay won a 16-4 major decision in the Tigers’ 38-30 victory.

Grand Junction freshman Tyren Castonguay avenged a one-point loss earlier in the season to Terrell Banuelos in a key match Thursday night that helped the Tigers defeat Montrose 38-30 in a Southwestern League wrestling dual.

Banuelos scored a takedown right away in the 106-pound match, but Tigers coach Cole Allison said, “Tyren hit some leg defense and turned him” to take a 5-2 lead against Banuelos, a returning Class 4A state qualifier who edged Castonguay 5-4 at the Warrior Classic in December.

Castonguay was in control thereafter and dominated for a 16-4 major decision.

“Tyren never let up the entire way,” Allison added. “He was lights-out. I can’t say enough good things about what he did tonight.”

The dual started at 132, and the teams had a big match early when Grand Junction’s Isaac Rider defeated Matt Sandoval 4-2 in a battle between returning state qualifiers at 138.

Once 106 arrived, Montrose led 27-25, and Castonguay gave the Tigers the lead for good.

“Duals are all about matchups, and where they had good kids, we had good kids,” Allison said. “We were on edge (at 106). We knew it was going to be tight. That was a key one, and 138, those two were big.”

Montrose coach Neil Samples pointed to those same matches as decisive in the team outcome.

“I was banking on both of our guys winning,” Samples said.

The Tigers followed Castonguay’s victory with a pin at 113 by Cody Lacy, and 4-2 overtime win from Nicholas Gordon (120) that sealed the dual with one match remaining.

“He gutted it out,” Allison said. “We were counting on him to win. It was hairy for a minute.”


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