Gurule hasn’t stopped working since winning state title
There’s no place to go but sideways for Matthew Gurule.
About the only thing a wrestler can do to top a state championship season is to win another one the next year, so in this case, a lateral move is good.
Gurule, a junior and the defending 103-pound Class 5A state champion from Central High
School, has his sights set on just that.
There are those who say it’s harder to stay on top than it is to get to the top. Gurule is not a believer in that school of thought, but he realizes that everyone he wrestles this season will be aware of his status as a reigning state champion.
Target is not what Gurule believes he’s carrying on his back this year.
“(Because) I did win a state title, they’re going to try harder,” he concedes.
Nonstop wrestling is how Gurule spent his offseason.
“I went to the Fargo (freestyle) tournament and went to two camps,” he said. “I never stopped after state.”
Always work hard is his philosophy.
“Once you think you’re too good, that’s when you lose,” he said.
“Too many” is how many losses he had last season. Actually, it was six.
“You always need that one loss to get (your mind) back in it,” he said.
Eating right is a year-round quest in Gurule’s ability to continue wrestling at 103 pounds.
“You’ve got to have good nutrition,” he said.
Anticipation for the season centers around his effort in the wrestling room.
“I’m looking forward to working harder than I did last year,” he said.
Gurule’s cousin, Jaqub, returns for the Warriors. The junior will again wrestle at 112 pounds.
Junior twins Jesus and Daniel Rodriguez will also give the Warriors experience in the lower
weights. Jesus wrestled at 125 last year and placed sixth at state; Daniel is the 130-pounder.
Zack Short, a part-time varsity wrestler at 135 last year, is back at that weight.
Daniel Muniz will again wrestle at 171. Jaron Sparks, who wrestled at 171 last year, could move up to 189. He’ll get competition from Kyle Jamison, who could move up to 215.
Zach Rosales wrestled at 215 for two years but plans to move up to the heavyweight division for his senior season.
The Wildcats have an experienced core back this season.
Garrett Arevian moves up from 103 to 112. J.D. Young, who was injured early last year and never returned to the lineup, will wrestle at 119.
Jeff Gonzales (125), Logan McNulty (135), Lane Young (140) and Marcus Stack (145) all move up a weight class.
Taylor Termentozzi (171) is the Wildcats’ only returning state qualifier, moving up two weight divisions.
Steve Adleman (189) and Matt Remy (285) are the lone returning Fruita Monument wrestlers who will compete in the same weight division this year.
Move-in Justin Bueno, who qualified for the Class 2A tournament last year at Holyoke as a sophomore, will assume the 130-pound slot.
Only six wrestlers return to the varsity lineup, but the Tigers might have one of the stronger freshman classes in the valley to fill in the gaps.
Chase Arrieta bumps up from 103 to 112. Anthony Guillen, after a state-qualifying season at 112, will wrestle 119 this season, although he’ll begin the year at 125.
Jace Casey returns at 145. Elliah Pittsinger got some varsity time last season; he’ll wrestle at 152.
Jon Whitman is dropping from 171 to 160. Ethan Minnick, with whom Whitman split time last season, will man the 171-pound spot.
As with Fruita Monument, 11 of the Bulldogs’ 14 varsity wrestlers from last season return.
That doesn’t include senior Caleb Sisneros, who appears to be out for the season because of a shoulder injury during the football season. He was a state placer at 215 pounds last season.
Casey Thornton moves up from 103 to 112 pounds this year. Jason Logsdon will wrestle 125. Kelly Davis begins the season at 135 but will probably drop to 130 after the winter break.
Another middle-weight wrestler, Michael Bauman, is out until after the break after having his appendix removed last month.
Wesley Shingleton (145), Tanner Barnes (152), Kyle Hatcher (160), Clay Allen (171), Aaron Wagler (189), Nick Stephanus (215) and Joey Dupre (285) give coach Brian Rush a solid base of experience.
Barnes went undefeated at the Western State College summer camp, as did freshman Daniel Salazar, who will wrestle at 103. Salazar was a middle school state champion last year.