Grand Junction utilized six pins to dominate Fruita Monument in their wrestling dual Wednesday night in Fruita.
Dawson Collins, Kieran Thompson, Andrew Leyba, Able Martinez, Brayden Hutto and Andrew Romero all won by fall in the Tigers’ 51-18 triumph.
The match with the narrowest margin of victory occurred at 120 pounds. With 1:22 left in the match, Fruita Monument freshman Johnny Quintana was able to tie the score at 3-3. However, Grand Junction sophomore Micah Kenney was able to escape for a one point advantage with 35 seconds remaining.
“Once I stood up and escaped, it was a relief,” Kenney said. “I followed my coach’s (Cole Allison) advice to stay low and keep my hands down by the mat so he couldn’t get to my legs. I also had to still wrestle hard to avoid being called for stalling.”
A week earlier, Quintana had defeated Kenney 6-4 at the Jackpot Duals.
Fruita Monument 106-pound freshman Geno Gallegos has been giving up nearly 10 pounds to his opponents all season.
“Being smaller, I am always the underdog. I wrestle each match confident that my skills are better and just wrestle my match,” Gallegos said.
For the second time in seven days, he defeated Grand Junction freshman Landon Scarbrough, 6-1. Scarbrough escaped for a one point lead as the second period began. With 1:30 remaining in the third and final period, Gallegos escaped to tie the score. With 1:14 remaining, Gallegos scored a two-point takedown and, with 35 seconds left in the match, was able to turn Scarbrough on his back for three more points. A week ago at the Jackpot Duals, Gallegos was victorious 9-4.
Also picking up wins for the Wildcats were Jeremiah Williams, Mason Hoisington, Hunter Riele and Daniel Denton.