‘Ugly’ victory over Cortez good enough for Central’s Gurule

PHOTO BY DANIELLE STOMBERG—Central High School’s Anthony Feller wrestles Montezuma Cortez High’s Kole Chadwich Friday night at Central High School.

Southwestern League dual victories haven’t come frequently enough for Central High School wrestling coach Laurence Gurule.

That’s why he was more than happy with his team’s performance Friday against Montezuma-Cortez.

“It was a win, but it was ugly,” Gurule said of the Warriors’ 42-31 victory. “Cortez has some good kids.”

Take, for instance, the Panthers’ 152-pounder, Justin Samora. A state runner-up last season, Samora is ranked second in this week’s Class 4A On the Mat ratings.

Samora capped the night with a second-period pin of Sam Kilcrease.

Then there’s Casey Lynn, who’s moved up to 125 pounds this season after wrestling at 103 the previous two years. Lynn, ranked fifth by On the Mat, stopped Jesus Rodriguez, who’s rated second in 5A, 20 seconds into the third period.

Panthers heavyweight Jacob Ayres pulled off the upset of the night. After trailing 8-0 in the third period, Ayres got a reverse with 35 seconds remaining, then pinned Zach Rosales with only two seconds to spare.

“When we got beat it was (because of) a lack of intensity,” Gurule said.

Three of Central’s victories came by forfeit.

“I’d much rather have the mat time,” Gurule said.

Gurule was pleased with the performance of a number of his wrestlers.

“We had a great week of practice,” Gurule said. “We went over some mistakes.”

Jaron Sparks got the quickest pin of the night, winning in 39 seconds over Wrangler Hinton at 171.

Zach Short pinned Michael Sanders at 135.

“He seemed to be wrestling pretty tight, so I knew I could hit my cradle,” Short said.

He did, in one minute, 28 seconds.

Short said he’s become a better wrestler as the season has progressed.

“I think mainly my conditioning is better,” he said.

Jaqub Gurule also won by pin, defeating Ross Ham at 112 in one minute.

The best match of the night came at 130 pounds.

Central’s Daniel Rodriguez took a 3-2 lead over Jesse Blakely with a reverse with 12 seconds remaining in the second period.

Rodriguez had the up position to start the third. With 57 seconds remaining, he was called for a penalty point for an illegal hold. Gurule questioned the ruling and after a discussion by the two officials over the interpretation of the rule, the point was not awarded and Rodriguez maintained control for the rest of the match.

The Warriors close out their league season at 10 a.m. today against Durango.


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