Central, Grand Junction dominate on mat in SWL victories
The Central and Grand Junction high school wrestling teams dominated Saturday in Southwestern League dual victories.
Central (14-4, 3-1 SWL) had four pins and seven decisions in a 58-11 rout of Durango.
The Warriors’ Matthew Gurule defeated Charles Hanby 15-2 at 112 pounds. Zach Short, Sam Kilcrease, Evan Pinchak and Jaron Sparks won by pin.
Grand Junction (5-5, 2-3 SWL) pinned seven Montezuma-Cortez wrestlers in a 57-18 victory.
The Tigers’ Dylon Thompson defeated Ryan Daves 6-3 at 103 pounds and Jessie Hoffschneider pinned Ryan Waters at 140.
Fruita Monument (12-6-1) defeated Doherty and Frederick, but lost to Windsor and Pine Creek in the Widefield Duals.
Jeff Gonzales (130), Kyle Hamaker (160), Matt Remy (215) and Anthony Martin (285) went 4-0.
Palisade placed second in the Valley Invitational with 200 points.
Daniel Salazar (119), Wesley Shingleton (145) and Nick Stephanus (215) were tournament champions.
Drew Bridges had two big blocks at the end of regulation to seal Fruita Monument’s 41-40 win at Montrose.
Fruita (8-8, 3-0 SWL) outscored Montrose 14-8 in the second quarter to take a 25-22 halftime lead.
Bridges led Fruita with 15 points. TJ Pollock added nine.
Fruita Monument got hot shooting the ball and downed Montrose 51-42.
The Wildcats (7-8, 1-2 SWL) got four 3-pointers from Taylor Johnson, who had a game-high 24 points.
Grand Junction 51, Eaglecrest 40: The Tigers (10-7, 2-3 SWL) used a quick start to win on the road.
Jamie Derrieux led the Tigers with 14 points. Paula Lage added 12 and Fawn Brady 11.
Grand Junction defeated Moffat County 126-76.
The Tigers were led by freshman Jess Deters, who won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly. Senior Noelle Du Puey won the 200 freestyle (2:26.40) and the 100 free (1:02.30).