Strong start lifts Montrose past GJ

Clancy Garoutte, top, of Montrose pins Ethan Minnick of Grand Junction.

The Montrose High School wrestlers are a better tournament team than they are a dual-meet team, coach Jack Garrison said.

“We’re getting better in our duals,” he noted after the Indians topped Grand Junction 41-27 on Thursday.

Montrose been hit by the injury bug in the past couple of weeks, although not as badly as the Tigers, who’ve lost five varsity wrestlers since the beginning of the season.

“Bud’s had a tough row to hoe,” Garrison said, referring to his Grand Junction counterpart,

Bud Glover. “He’s doing a good job. That’s the sign of a good coach.”

On his side of the bout sheet, “We’re missing our 112-pounder and our (1)52-pounder,” Garrison said.

Eight of the other 12 picked up the slack.

The dual started at 130 pounds with the Tigers’ Alex Jay and Jessie Hoffschneider earning back-to-back pins.

Montrose won five of the next six matches, three by pin and another by technical fall.

When it was his team’s choice, Garrison frequently took the strategy of having his wrestler select the neutral position rather than taking the top or bottom.

“I’m more comfortable on my feet than anywhere on the mat,” Garrison said. “We’ve been working on our takedowns.”

In addition to the pins by Jay and Hoffschneider, the Tigers got one other pin, that coming from 215-pounder Dylan Reed, who stopped Brandon Franklin in 2:57.

With two weeks to go until the Class 4A regional tournament, Garrison said his focus now is on his team being in shape.

“We want to get better conditioning,” he said.

As far as his practices go, “We don’t work that long, but we work hard,” Garrison said.

Glover is seeing great gains being made by his younger wrestlers.

“(It’s a) great improvement,” he said of Thursday’s showing compared to previous Southwestern League duals.

A couple of his wrestlers had leads but couldn’t hold them in the final period.

“We’ve got just that aren’t finishing yet,” Glover said.


Olathe won all but four bouts in defeating Fruita Monument in a nonleague dual Thursday.
Individual match results were unavailable.

The Wildcats had victories at 119, 125, 135 and 215 pounds


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