Pins fuel Fruita’s victory over Central
Wrestling an opponent for the second time can be tough, but that didn’t bother the Fruita Monument High School varsity team.
The Wildcats, ranked 10th in Class 5A, are too determined to let up this year. They won nine matches, five by pin, and defeated Central 44-22 in a dual Wednesday night at Fruita Monument.
“I thought we kept them good and relaxed,” Fruita Monument coach Dan Van Hoose said. “This time of year, you want to keep them sharp and try to limit mistakes. You want to keep the shape you have. You don’t go over too much stuff new.”
Jared Seely, Ian Konrad, Kaden Fife, Aidan Woomer and Colt Chatfield had pins for the Wildcats.
Seely avenged an 8-4 loss to Dominic Quintana in the Jackpot Duals two weeks ago, pinning Quintana in 2 minutes, 8 seconds to give Fruita a 6-3 lead.
Konrad followed with a pin of Kyle Martinez in 2:58 at 120 pounds.
Fruita senior Clayton Muller avenged a Jackpot loss with a 9-6 victory over Jon Sullivan at 132 pounds, but Central’s Dusty Sanchez kept the dual close with a pin at 138.
The Wildcats then won five consecutive matches, two by pin, for a 38-12 lead, sealing the victory.
Isaac Rodriguez, ranked third in 5A at 145, defeated Jacob Hayden by technical fall in 2:59.
Fife pinned Kolten Maybury in their second meeting in two weeks. This time, it was quicker. Fife pinned Maybury in 3:14 in the 152-pound match.
“It was tougher,” Fife said. “He tried more moves on me. He seemed stronger.
“I was in better shape. I tried more moves on him and kept going. I didn’t let him have anything.”
Woomer not only beat Isaac Bair for the second time, he pinned him in 1:15 in the 160-pound match.
“I beat him by five last time (at the Jackpot Duals),” Woomer said. “I knew they would come out hard. I tried to raise my level of competition. (The Warriors) always come wrestle hard.”
Jacob Seely, ranked second in 5A at 170 pounds, was pushed by 10th-ranked Caleb Hendricks, but came through with a 7-4 win.
Ty Taylor’s 11-7 victory over Rowdy Allen at 182 clinched the victory.
“I would like to see Eli (Konrad) win at 106,” Van Hoose said. “He didn’t wrestle his best tonight, but these kids have faced some tough competition.
“I’m proud of the way they came in and worked hard. You never know how you’re going to do in your first home dual.”
Central’s wins came from Derek Rubalcaba, Jacob Rubalcaba, Sanchez, Soloman Jarman and Jacob Crosby. Sanchez pinned Gordon York in 50 seconds at 138 pounds. Crosby pinned Haiden Sloan in 15 seconds at 285.
“There was a point there, I’m looking at the scoreboard, if they get four pins, they can beat us by one point,” Van Hoose said. “I’m proud of our bigger kids and how they went out. We have some kids fighting off sickness. We’re trying to get healthy for the last month of the season.”