Pin to win

Sanchez's pin in final match helps Central top Junction

Central’s Isaac Bair, top, gets the upper hand Thursday night in his 160-pound match with Grand Junction’s Mitch Hiler. Bair won the match 9-6 and the Warriors won the dual 36-35.

Dusty Sanchez knew he needed a pin, but he tried to stay focused on wrestling.

The Central High School senior came through, pinning Grand Junction’s Louis Guillen in one minute, 21 seconds in the final match to lift the Warriors to a 36-35 victory Thursday night at Central High School.

“I try to put it in the back of my head and just wrestle,” Sanchez said. “It was still there, I think, but I was really just trying to win the match. To get the six and get my team the win means a lot. It’s special.”

It appeared Grand Junction would win the dual after Hayden Reynolds pinned Kyle Martinez in the 120-pound match to give the Tigers a 35-21 lead with three matches remaining.

Central’s Jacob Rubalcaba secured a 9-3 victory over Jeff Christeleit at 126 pounds, but the Warriors then needed pins from Jon Sullivan at 132 and Sanchez at 138 for the team victory.

“My seniors came through,” Central coach Laurence Gurule said. “We said this is what had to happen. With the good kids (Grand Junction coach Cole Allison’s) got, who would’ve thought that would happen.”

Sullivan, a senior, pinned a first-year varsity wrestler in Bruno Lopez in 4:11, but Sanchez’s pin was not likely. Guillen pinned Sanchez in 4:47 to win the Jackpot title a little more than a week ago.

“The last time Dusty tried to hit him with that technique, the kid put us on our back and beat us,” Gurule said. “This time, holy cow!”

Guillen tried to put Sanchez on his back while attempting a single-leg takedown, but Sanchez rolled Guillen in a Rico and held it.

“It was just set up different,” Sanchez said. “It felt a lot better. When you have that move set up good, for me, it’s impossible to stop really. Louis is a great wrestler. He just got caught. Stuff like that happens.”

The two will meet at least one more time and possibly a couple more.

“These two go back and forth,” Gurule said. “I think they are both great kids. They are so competitive it’s not even funny. It could be different next time. We have to wrestle them again. They could meet this coming weekend.”

Central had victories from Jacob Hayden, Isaac Bair, Caleb Hendricks and Jacob Crosby, in addition to Rubalcaba, Sullivan and Sanchez, but Kolton Maybury’s 18-1 technical fall loss to No. 1-ranked Jacob Trujillo prevented the Tigers from getting six points instead of five in the 152-pound match. Trujillo wrestled up a weight class.

“Kolton stayed away from getting pinned by possibly the best wrestler in Colorado,” Gurule said. “That was big.

“I figured we’d do better at 13 and 82. My expectations of those kids are high, and they didn’t meet that. We need to get back to work.”

Grand Junction had wins from Cody Lacy, Kohlby Wells, Reynolds, Matt King, Jonny Pauli and Tyler Sanders.


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