Tie goes to the Wildcats over Central wrestling

Defending state champ misses weight

PHOTO BY DANIELLE STOMBERG—Fruita’s Logan Mcnulty wrestles Central’s Zach Short during Thursday night’s match in Fruita.

In all their years as wrestling coaches, Laurence Gurule and Jim Stockert had never seen a dual match come down to the sixth tiebreaker.

That’s what it took to settle Thursday’s Southwestern League dual opener for Central and Fruita Monument.

“Is that like kissing your sister or what?” Gurule, the Central coach, asked his counterpart rhetorically.

Stockert undoubtedly didn’t mind. The sixth tiebreaker went in the Wildcats’ favor as Fruita Monument defeated the Warriors 32-31.

After the 14th and final match of the night, the teams were tied 31-31. The officials went to the rule book, then to the scorebook, then to the rule book, then back to the scorebook.

After five failed attempts at breaking the tie via the rule book, they finally decided that Fruita Monument scored more first points in the matches; that gave the Wildcats the victory.

“I’ll take a win any way I can get it,” Stockert said.

Central is ranked in the top 10 in this week’s On the Mat Class 5A team rankings. It was a similar situation in last year’s dual.

“We beat Central last year and were down 28-0,” Stockert said.

On Thursday, his team trailed 31-21 with three matches remaining.

Wildcats 171-pounder Taylor Termentozzi won by major decision over Daniel Muniz to cut his team’s deficit to 31-25. Steve Adleman won the next match for Fruita Monument at 189, taking a 4-2 decision over Jaron Sparks.

With the score 31-28, that left it up to the Wildcats’ Matt Remy and the Warriors’ Mical Kramer.

Kramer had pinned Remy in the first period in their previous meeting this season at the Wildcats Duals during the opening weekend.

Knowing what he needed to do, Remy was focusing first on the victory, then on trying to win by at least a major decision.

Remy appeared well on his way when he took a 7-0 lead with an escape 46 seconds into the third period. At that point, all he needed was a takedown to earn a major decision.

“He’s a tough wrestler and he wasn’t going to give it to me,” Remy said, giving credit to Kramer.

Kramer got his lone takedown with 50 seconds remaining and rode it out.

“A tie’s better than a loss in anything,” Remy said.

He felt he’d let his team down a bit by only winning by decision. As it turned out, he did contribute to the sixth tiebreaker victory by scoring the first points of the match.

“We lost on our own mistakes,” Gurule said. “We didn’t make weight when we had to and we made mistakes in the matches.”

Indeed, he was unable to get points from what he considered a sure victory by his nephew, defending state 103-pound champion Matthew Gurule, when the latter weighed in just over the limit and had to forfeit.

Stocker wore a wide grin after the match.

“We beat kids we lost to earlier in the year,” he said.

Gurule wasn’t grinning quite as much.

“It’s the kind of dual that’s good for the fans and gives me gray hair,” he said.



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