Grand Junction’s 130-pounder keeps improving
Alex Jay had a very good week on the mat.
The 130-pound wrestler for Grand Junction High School earned his third victory in as many days Saturday when he pinned Montezuma-Cortez’s Michael Sanders.
That gave the Tiger senior his third Southwestern League dual victory of the week and helped Grand Junction defeat the Panthers 47-30, their second league dual victory of the season.
After pinning Montrose’s Joe Chavez on Thursday and taking a 5-2 decision over Durango’s Elliott Salazar on Friday, Jay stopped Sanders 27 seconds into the second period to wrap up the week.
“He stuck all three kids this week,” Grand Junction coach Bud Glover said. “That’s a major plus.”
A couple of factors have led to Jay’s improvement.
“I’m working harder in the practice room, bettering myself,” Jay said.
Going against Tiger 119-pounder Anthony Guillen on a regular basis in practice helps, he said.
Glover said the lessons he’s trying to teach Jay in the practice room have started to take hold.
“He’s finally listening,” Glover said.
About the only thing Glover wants to improve in the next couple of weeks, he said, is his conditioning.
Jay epitomizes what Grand Junction did well in defeating Durango and Cortez over the weekend.
“They’re doing the little things right,” Glover said.
Jay said he’s gotten better across the board in becoming a better technical wrestler, working on a different aspect each practice.
The Tigers won three matches by forfeit Saturday. Another was determined by technical fall when Guillen defeated Kole Chadwick 17-2.
Two were by decision, the best coming at 171 pounds, with the Tigers’ Ethan Minnick building a 12-1 lead before holding off Wrangler Hinton 12-11. Grand Junction freshman Jessie Hoffschneider continued to shine, defeating Jesse Blakely 5-2.
The remaining eight matches were all won by pin, five coming in the first period, in a dual that lasted less than one hour.
Chase Arrieta (112) and Jerry Blair (140) also picked up victories by pin for the Tigers.
The key matches, Glover said, were Minnick’s victory at 171, Guillen’s at 119 and Jay’s at 130.
The Panthers got impressive victories from Casey Lynn (125), Tommy Taylor (145), Justin Samora (152), Austin Sanders (160) and Caleb Ayres (285). All won by pin.
The Tigers have two tournaments next week, the Jackpot Duals at home Wednesday and the Cañon City Duals on Saturday, as tuneups to the Class 5A Region 4 tournament at Central in two weeks.
CENTRAL 63, DURANGO 9
The Warriors won all except the 112- and 189-pound bouts.
Jesus Rodriguez (125), Daniel Rodiguez (130), Zach Short (135), Sam Kilcrease (152) and Mical Kramer (215) all won by pin for Central.
The Bulldogs dominated four opponents in the Longmont Tournament, losing only six matches in four duals.
Palisade defeated Overland 71-3, Palmer 73-3, Torrington, Wyo., 67-10 and Longmont 59-12 in their closest competition of the day.
Ten Palisade wrestlers went 4-0, with Kevin Martinez winning three matches by pin at 119 pounds. Wes Shingleton pinned three of his opponents at 145 pounds and won his other match by technical fall. Daniel Salazar (103), Jason Logsdon (125), Terry Williams (140) and Trevan Gardner (215) each had two pins.
The Wildcats went 4-1 at the Cheyenne Mountain Dual Tournament in Colorado Springs.
Fruita Monument defeated Pueblo Central 32-31, Doherty 49-21 and Berthoud 42-31 and lost to Pine Creek 36-32.
Kyle Hamaker (152) and Taylor Termentozzi (171) both went undefeated for Fruita Monument. Matt Remy (215) was 4-1.
The Wildcats took two 145-pound wrestlers, so Dallas Bernal wrestled for Pueblo East in its open spot. Bernal went unbeaten in the tournament for the Eagles with three pins.