McNulty’s strong finish helps ‘Cats top Durango
As a senior on the Fruita Monument High School wrestling team, Logan McNulty wanted to make the most out of his last match at home.
“This is our last dual as seniors. We’ll never wrestle here again, so (I) just tried to end it on a good note,” McNulty said.
On Saturday, he and the Wildcats (15-6-1, 4-1 SWL) got the finish they wanted, beating Durango 51-16 to finish the regular season.
For McNulty, it was his first match back from injuries that sidelined him since a dual against Grand Junction on Jan. 17. He was supposed to wrestle Friday against Cortez, but won by default with no challenger.
When it came time for his match in the 145-pound weight class, McNulty easily won against Dakota Sutherlin, keeping in control of the match, and finishing with a pin only 58 seconds in.
“You’re always nervous after you’ve been out for a while but I was pretty confident. I knew what I wanted to do,” McNulty said. “I wanted to win.”
The pin was one of four for the Wildcats in the victory.
At 130 pounds, Jeff Gonzales pinned Justin Ngo in just over three minutes. At 189, Joe Leigh used his strength to beat Lucas Sinnig in 1:43. Heavyweight Anthony Martin also finished with a pin at 1:14 after trailing 2-0.
Fruita was able to win every weight class at 140 and above, with their losses coming at the lower weights.
“That’s where we’re real green,” Fruita Monument coach Jim Stockert said of the lower weight classes. “We’re young at those lower weights, and that’s where we take a beating sometimes”
Stockert was pleased, however, with the wrestling from Nick Stanfield, who won the 119-pound match against Estevan Taulli with a 10-5 decision.
Palisade (14-2, 7-0 Western Slope League) wrestled in the Western Slope League Dual tournament, finishing with wins over Rifle, 66-7 and Moffat County, 55-12. At 145 pounds, Wesley Shingleton finished with two wins, pinning Rifle’s Matt Barrett in 49 seconds, and defeating Moffat County’s Charlie Griffiths 10-5.
At the Coronado Duals, Grand Junction (6-6-1, 2-3 SWL) had a win, a loss and a tie. The Tigers defeated Wasson 62-18, lost to Pueblo West 53-30, and tied Rampart 38-38.
Tigers 103-pounder Dylon Thompson led the way with three victories.
Fruita Monument improved to 7-0 in league play with a 45-43 win in Durango. The Wildcats (12-8, 7-0 SWL) controlled the clock late in the fourth quarter, and with the game tied 43-43, Steve Goff hit a jumper with five seconds remaining to take the lead.
The Wildcats were led by Drew Bridges’ 14 points
Central 49, Montezuma-Cortez 35: The Warriors (8-12, 2-5 SWL) outscored the Panthers 22-10 in the third quarter on their way to a season sweep of Cortez.
Central was led by Josh Wells, who had 14 points.
Moffat County 72, Palisade 52: The Bulldogs got 15 points from Caleb Hall and 12 from Jeremy Hayden, but couldn’t overcome two high-scoring quarters by Moffat County.
Palisade (8-11, 4-5 Western Slope League) allowed 23 points in the second quarter and 24 in the fourth in the loss.
Led by Amy Kame’s 29 points, Central defeated Montezuma-Cortez 63-43. The Warriors (17-3, 7-0 SWL) struggled in the first half, leading only 29-26 at halftime.
In the second half, Central opened up with a 22-9 third quarter, to help seal the 20-point win.
Haleigh Higgins added 11 points for Central.
Moffat County 47, Palisade 26: Palisade couldn’t find much offense in a league loss to Moffat County.
The Bulldogs (4-14, 4-6 WSL) were led by Nicole Routhier, who had seven points.
Durango 49, Fruita Monument 43: The Wildcats were held to five third-quarter points, losing for the second time this season to Durango.
Fruita Monument (9-10, 3-4 SWL) was led by Taylor Johnson, who has 16 points.
Katie Lewis added 10.