Central 215-pounder Kramer beats Fruita’s Remy

Casey Thornton, top, of Palisade High School gets a grip on Ross Ham of Montezuma Cortez High School during a 112-pound bout at the Palisade Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday.

Every time Mical Kramer and Matt Remy meet on the wrestling mat, it turns into a heck of a match.

The two 215-pounders met the first week of the season, with Central’s Kramer getting a hard-earned first-period pin that was more challenging than it appeared.

Fruita Monument’s Remy turned the tables Jan. 8 when he took a 7-2 decision in the teams’ Southwestern League dual match, although Kramer got a late takedown to avoid losing by major decision.

Saturday, it was Kramer’s turn.

Once again showing a flair for the dramatic, Kramer, who trailed 5-2 in the third period, came back to tie the match, then got a takedown as time expired to defeat Remy 7-5 in the championship match of the Palisade Invitational.

His victory was one of five individual titles by the Warriors, helping them to the team championship in the 10-team tournament.

“We’re a better tournament team because we’ve got experience,” Central coach Laurence Gurule said of the Warriors, who scored 1681/2 points to win by 40 points over second-place Palisade.

Central is 0-2 in SWL duals, losing both by one point, but has fared well in tournaments.

“I put some pressure on the kids, saying I want to win league,” Gurule said. “Obviously we aren’t going to do that.

“We’ve got a chance to finish strong. I think we’ve got a chance to take a lot of kids to state.”

That’s been his refocused goal.

Matthew Gurule started things off for the Warriors by winning the 103-pound title, taking a 13-6 decision over Palisade’s Daniel Salazar.

Jaqub Gurule, his cousin, followed at 112 with a 4-2 decision over Eagle Valley’s Colt Ewing in the title match.

Three finals later, Daniel Rodriguez took the 130-pound title with an 11-7 decision over James Drinkhouse of Grand Valley.

Then it was Kramer’s turn.

He got an escape and Remy was called for an illegal hold, allowing Kramer to tie the match in the third period.

After a whistle, the two squared off in the neutral position with eight seconds left.

“I was thinking, he’s a tough guy,” Kramer said.

The two locked up and Kramer got the advantage at the edge of the ring as time expired.

After some discussion by the two officials, it was determined that Kramer’s takedown came at the buzzer, not after.

Zach Rosales completed Central’s title run with an exciting 13-10 victory over Fruita Monument’s Anthony Martin in the heavyweight final.

“When I first wrestled him, he didn’t know what he was doing,” Rosales said of Martin, a junior who’s in his first year of wrestling. “He’s an upcoming star, so it was a pretty good win.”

Taylor Termentozzi of Fruita Monument (171 pounds) and Aaron Wagler of Palisade (189) also won titles

Two wrestlers from Montezuma-Cortez, Casey Lynn at 125 pounds and Justin Samora at 152, won the tournament’s outstanding wrestler awards.

Lynn won two matches by pin before edging Central’s Jesus Rodriguez in the finals. Samora won by pin, decision and took the final over Grand Valley’s Tyler Miles by major decision.


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