Overmatched: Fruita rolls past Grand Junction
Fruita rolls past Grand Junction
Logan McNulty and Gage Casey were friends in middle school, but Thursday night they represented rival schools on the wrestling mat.
McNulty, a Fruita Monument High School senior, had to hold off a furious comeback to defeat Casey to get the Wildcats on a roll in their 53-19 victory over Grand Junction at Grand Junction High School.
McNulty took a 12-2 lead in the second period of the 145-pound match, but Casey escaped a potential pin and scored a takedown by the end of the period.
Casey rode the momentum into the third period with a takedown and two near-fall points to get within one point before McNulty scored another point and held on for a 13-11 decision.
“I did get tired,” McNulty said. “I was gassed. I’ve been working hard in the (practice) room. I don’t know if I’m getting sick or not. He wrestled me tough.
“I wrestled with him in middle school and have known him quite a while now. I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a nice kid. We battled out there.”
Fruita Monument coach Jim Stockert wasn’t pleased with McNulty’s win, but Grand Junction coach Cole Allison was pleased with Casey’s effort.
“If I was going to make a video or show people what I’m about, what our team battles like, that would be it,” Allison said. “Win or lose, fight to the buzzer as hard as you can. Gage is every bit of that. If every match would’ve gone like that, I’d be as happy as heck. Even some matches we won, we slowed down and were content to win 4-2 or 6-3. Gage has got a gas tank. He’s going to get better and better.”
McNulty’s win got the Wildcats on the scoreboard, but they trailed 10-3 after three matches.
From there, Fruita dominated, winning seven consecutive matches, including five by pinfall to build a 36-10 lead.
“From the middle to the upper weights, we’ve been dominant,” Fruita coach Jim Stockert said. “We know we need to pick up the intensity. Those guys came through again.
“Our young guys wrestled hard too. Bishop went after (Thompson). We had a good win at 12s and had a shot at 19s.”
Dallas Bernal (152), Kyle Hamaker (160), Joe Leigh (189), Matt Remy (215), Anthony Martin (285) and Clayton Muller (112) had pins for Fruita (1-0 SWL).
“I was looking for more this time,” said Leigh, who beat Whitman 5-4 last week in the Jackpot Duals. “Coach had us pumped in practice. We wanted to win.”
Grand Junction’s Dylon Thompson and Jessie Hoffschneider pinned their opponents; J.C. Archuleta and Shaun Herrera won decisions.
Fruita Monument 53,
Grand Junction 19