A numbers game
Short on wrestlers, Steamboat drops meet to Battle Mountain
With just four wrestlers matching up from Steamboat and Battle Mountain’s low-manned teams, Thursday’s regular match did not take long.
But Sailor fans got to see plenty of action, as the two teams did not waste the chance to wrestle some new competitors and added on exhibition matches.
“It was a great opportunity for us to get new blood to practice with,” Sailor coach Jay Muhme said.
With the Sailors giving up eight matches to forfeits, Muhme said his team did not have a chance to win against Battle Mountain, who had eight wrestlers in its varsity squad. But, the Sailors did register two pins and two forfeits to finish the night down 36-24.
Sailor heavyweight Will Zimmer got things started with a fall in the first minute of his match against Cody Stackpole, a wrestler who Zimmer said beat him by a few points last year.
In Thursday’s match, Zimmer got the first two points with a takedown, but down on the mat Stackpole was able to reverse Zimmer to tie the match. Stackpole was not able to stay in control for long as Zimmer put in a reversal of his own, then turned Stackpole and held him for the pin.
“I was expecting him to be slower. He was faster than I thought,” Zimmer said. “I lost to him last year, so I was excited to get another (match) with him.”
At 125 pounds, Justin O’Leary got the team’s other win when he pinned Ryan Mclaughlin in the final seconds of the first period. Suffering from a cold, O’Leary’s match quickly came to an end when he got a take down, turned Mclaughlin over and got the pin.
“I was able to pin him before getting really tired,” O’Leary said.
O’Leary had another win for the night when he beat Daniel Trujillo 13-6 in an exhibition match. Coming into the third period, O’Leary was up 12-3 and had Trujillo on his back two times, but he let his lead slip in the final two minutes when Trujillo put in an escape and a reversal.
“I was aggressive, I was able to capitalize on him having his head down,” O’Leary said. “It just got hard to breathe, so I hung on at the end.”
Although Matt Lakin and Wes Adams received forfeits for the night, Adams pinned a Battle Mountain wrestler in the first period of an exhibition match.
Sailor Dave Gittleson was pinned in his first two matches the first in regular competition to 119-pounder Adam Garcia and the second to the Huskies’ junior varsity, 125-pounder Rogelio Munoz. In the final match of the night, Gittleson got in a win when he pinned another Husky, junior varsity 125-pounder T.J. Wilcox.
At 112 pounds, Kelly Chambers was pinned by Francisco Saucedo in 35 seconds.
Even with the low numbers, Muhme said wrestling with Battle Mountain in exhibition matches gave his team a chance to practice with different athletes.
With just six wrestlers spanning 14 weight classes, a lack of practice partners is a problem for the Sailors.
“Every move the other (wrestler) is going to do, they know,” Muhme said.
“It’s hard knowing what the other guy is going to do. It’s hard to improve.”
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