Williams pins way to 2 wins as Palisade sweeps triangular

A.C. Crafts, top in green, from Delta HS pins Rudy Fantin from Moffet County HS in the first period of the 119lb wt class at Palisade HS

Terry Williams’ wrestling week got off to a rough start.

He made a fast charge down the stretch, however.

Williams, Palisade High School’s 140-pound wrestler, capped off his week with two pins Thursday at a triangular meet at Palisade High School.

After stopping Moffat County’s Matt Linsacum with 16 seconds remaining in his opening match, Williams finished with a pin in 3 minutes, 23 seconds, of Delta’s Tyler Eckstine.

“When I wrestled (Wednesday) night, I wrestled some good kids,” said Williams, who lost his opener in the Jackpot Duals to eventual champion Jace Casey of Grand Junction but came back to defeat Fruita Monument’s Logan McNulty in the third-place match.

His victories Thursday put Williams on a three-match winning streak heading into next weekend’s Class 4A regional tournament at Montrose.

They also helped Palisade defeat both Moffat County and Delta convincingly in closing out the regular season.

Williams has, in effect, been Palisade’s utility wrestler this season.

“I started out the season at 130 (pounds),” he said.

That’s because Palisade’s slated 135-pounder, Michael Baumann, missed the first four weeks of the season recovering from appendicitis.

Kelly Davis, who was expected to go at 130, moved up to 135 and Williams took the 130-pound spot.

Then Davis when down with an injury and Williams moved up one class to his spot.

Now that Baumann and Davis are both healthy, Williams has moved up yet another weight division.

“At (1)30s I felt a little weak,” Williams admitted. “(One)35s is more natural; (1)40s is up a weight, but I can eat what I want.”

The current lineup gives Palisade coach Brian Rush more balance and more depth.

“Terry’s doing a real good job,” Rush said. “He’s comfortable there (at 140).”

Palisade won eight of the 14 matches against Moffat County in taking a 53-18 victory and took but one against Delta in a 72-6 victory.

In Thursday’s other dual, Moffat County defeated Delta 51-24.

Clay Allen (171 pounds) and Nick Stephanus (215) joined Williams in earning two victories by pin for Palisade. Casey Thornton (112) won by technical fall and pin.

Wesley Shingleton (145) won by pin and by forfeit, as did Aaron Wagler (189) and Joey Dupre (heavyweight). Palisade 103-pounder Daniel Salazar had the easiest night of the group, winning both matches by forfeit.

“(Wednesday) night and (Thursday) the kids wrestled as well as they have all year,” Rush said. “Right now we’re as healthy as we’ve been.”

Rush plans to spend the eight days before the start of the regional tournament Feb. 13 running his team hard.

“We’ll continue to wrestle live in the (practice) room but we’ll cut down on that,” Rush said.

“With out conditioning at Palisade, it’s unlike anybody else’s,” Williams said.


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