Sailor wrestlers defend home mat in triangular sweep |

Sailor wrestlers defend home mat in triangular sweep

Steamboat's Ethan Labriola, top, wrestles against Battle Mountain's Hector Sarellano on Thursday inside the Kelly Meek gymnasium. The Sailors went 2-0 in their season-opening triangular.
Austin Colbert

— Colton Pasternak, a junior on the Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team, spent all of 15 seconds on the mat in the team’s season-opening triangular Thursday at Kelly Meek gymnasium. Still, his quick pin at 106 pounds against Summit County wasn’t enough to top the 13-second mark set by fellow junior Matthew Hansen.

“Matthew beat me by two seconds,” Pasternak said, admitting defeat with a laugh. “My grandpa always says, ‘Shoot right off the whistle.’ I was just saying in my mind, ‘Double leg right off the bat.’ Got him down and was able to get him broken down, hook up a crossface cradle and pin him. That’s kind of my bread and butter.”

Much like bread and butter, Thursday’s triangular between Steamboat, Summit and Battle Mountain was nothing but an appetizer for the season. The Sailors won both their duals, rolling through Summit, 54-12, and edging Battle Mountain, 39-33. Battle Mountain defeated Summit, 41-24, in the opening match of the night.

“It was a great opener. Our kids came in with intensity like we had planned,” Steamboat coach Travis Bryant said. “Against Summit, they were just one after another going out there and getting the job done. I can’t be disappointed with that performance. The guys all executed well.”

Steamboat lost only one head-to-head matchup with Summit in its first dual, winning six via pin, four of which lasted no longer than 40 seconds. Three weight classes (120, 160, 195) had no competitors for either team, with four others including a forfeit win for one team or the other.

The final dual between Battle Mountain and Steamboat proved far more competitive than the first two. A handful of forfeits and defeats put the Sailors in an early hole, but the tide started to turn when Colten Crawford earned a 7-5 decision over Battle Mountain’s Collin Stilson at 126 pounds.

The most difficult loss for Steamboat came at 132 pounds, when junior Dakota Thvedt, a returning state qualifier, lost a 10-5 decision to Jesus Morales. Thvedt won his match against Summit County’s Griffen Chabot via pin in 25 seconds.

The Sailors tied the dual with Battle Mountain at 27 points each when Miles Buchan pinned Franco Lopez early in the second round, effectively setting up a winner-take-all final match between Hansen and Battle Mountain’s Adrian Rivera. That match lasted barely longer than Hansen’s first, with Hansen winning via pin in 24 seconds.

The final two matches were forfeits, one per team, to give Steamboat the team win.

“They went back and forth. Those guys are battlers. We hung right in there and pulled it out at the end,” Bryant said of the Battle Mountain matchup. “They all did awesome. To pinpoint just one, it would be pretty difficult. I was just proud of the way they all stood up and battled hard.”

The Sailors are back at it Saturday when they travel to Granby for the Middle Park Panther Invitational. The tournament will feature 14 teams, including Soroco, Hayden, Moffat County and Battle Mountain.

Steamboat will return home Tuesday for another triangular, this time with Moffat County and Coal Ridge.

“We got the intensity going, and we were able to come away with winning both of the duals. Good start to the year,” Pasternak said. “I think tomorrow we all will definitely be preparing for the tournament, and I think we are going to be able to come away with some wins and hopefully maybe even place.”

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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