GJ’s Trujillo gets tech fall win in first varsity match
Christmas came early for Jacob Trujillo.
The Grand Junction High School freshman has missed the first two weeks of the season with a broken hand and wasn’t expected to join the wrestling team until after the new year.
After a doctor’s visit earlier Wednesday, Trujillo was cleared to wrestle.
He made his high school varsity debut Wednesday night, defeating Clayton Muller of Fruita Monument by technical fall in the 126-pound match in the Tigers’ 59-16 Southwestern League dual victory at Grand Junction. The dual was rescheduled for early December because of a scheduling conflict.
“My coaches, my dad and I didn’t really think I was going to be able to (wrestle),” Trujillo said. “I got out of school at second hour and went to the doctor. He gave me an X-ray and said if I taped it up I can go.”
Trujillo returned to school and could hardly wait until the start of the dual.
“The rest of the day went slow,” Trujillo said. “I was excited to open up against our rival Fruita at home.”
Trujillo wasn’t in top physical shape, citing a lack of matches since he broke his hand six weeks ago in a national club tournament.
Still, he expected more than a technical fall.
“I’m kind of disappointed,” Trujillo said. “I really wanted a pin, but a tech (fall) is a pretty good thing. I was still looking for a pin off the bat.”
Grand Junction coach Cole Allison was pleased with Trujillo’s result.
“I think you can feel the spark in getting little Jacob Trujillo back tonight,” Allison said.
Allison was mostly pleased with all of the Tigers, who won 11 of the 14 matches — five by technical fall and three by pin.
“This is the best we’ve wrestled all year,” Allison said. “They’re starting to taking to the attacking style I want to wrestle and wrestle hard all six minutes whether you’re up or down. Even the matches we lost, the kids fought hard and that’s what I’m looking for.”
Another Grand Junction freshman, Kohlby Wells, won a 4-0 decision over Fruita Monument’s Tristan Monger at 106 pounds.
“I was nervous at the beginning and started to zone out,” Wells said. “I had him. I wasn’t watching the score, then the ref raised my hand. I didn’t even know I won.”
Wells never wrestled prior to this season, but tries it since his friends decided to do it.
“(Wells) did a great job,” Allison said. “He wrestled well. He comes in, works hard every day and is getting better. That was a good gutsy win he had. He stayed with him.”
Fruita Monument won the first two matches of the dual, including one by forfeit, before the Tigers reeled off eight consecutive wins and 11 of the final 12 matches.
Fruita Monument 54, Loveland 46: It took a little while for Fruita Monument to get warmed up in the Hinkley Tournament, but the 10th-ranked Wildcats got going in the third quarter and adjusted the lineup in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
“We changed the lineup a little bit in the fourth quarter and got a little quicker,” coach Dave Fox said. “James Lewis played really well. He’s a talented kid; he just doesn’t know it.”
Lewis scored nine points to help take some of the pressure off the Wildcats’ 1-2 punch of Drew Bridges, who finished with 21 points, and Alex Padgett, who had 13.
Fruita trailed 23-19 at halftime but outscored Loveland 16-8 in the third quarter and 19-15 down the stretch, keeping the Indians off the free-throw line. Fruita went 12 of 15 from the line, Loveland only 4 of 4.
“We didn’t foul very much,” Fox said. “But we had a slow start. The travel always gets you and we had the early game, so it was hard.”
Fruita (6-1) plays Rangeview at 6:30 tonight.