Times Staff Writer
GHS Wrestling — The final result doesn’t always reflect the full story.
The Gunnison High School (GHS) wrestling team knows as much after traveling to Buena Vista this past Saturday to compete in the Demon Duals against Florence, Basalt, Buena Vista, Eagle Valley and James Irwin.
As a whole, GHS won two out of the five duals they wrestled — while winning 24 out of 35 individual matches on the day. However, forfeits resulting from unfilled weight classes played a major part in the Cowboys’ dual record for the weekend.
“The kids wrestled great,” said head coach Dave Uhrig. “There were several bright spots.”
For instance, GHS won six of seven matches against James Irwin — but was forced to forfeit seven additional matches due to not having anyone in those weight classes. In the end, GHS lost 36-30 to James Irwin.
Zeb Alexander led the way for the Cowboys, winning all five of his matches on the day.
“It feels great to start the season off like this,” said Alexander, “but I did expect to start off like this.”
Alexander cited the amount of time and hard work he has put into wrestling over the course of the summer as reason why his expectations are set high. Time will tell if Alexander will be able to accomplish his ultimate goal this season — winning a state championship.
Bryce Vincent and Mickey Garcia also had an impressive showing to start the season. Both won four out of five matches on the day.
“It felt great to be on the mat again and get some wins,” said Vincent. “I’m Super excited for this season.”
Garcia returns to the mat this season after deciding not to wrestle last season, opting instead to play on the boys varsity basketball team.
“Taking that year off helped me relax and wrestle my match,” said Garcia. “I learned to just enjoy the moment, rather than getting caught up in winning and losing.”
In Leo Aparacio’s first matches of his high school career — as a senior— he won two out of five wrestling at the 220- and 285-pound weight classes.
“He fought hard and learned,” said Uhrig.
On the junior varsity side, the Cowboys faced some tough competition, winning six out of 16 matches.
Jose Fernandez led the way for GHS, finishing fourth on the day,
The Cowboys will be back on the mat Saturday, Dec. 8. They travel to Salida High School to compete in the Rob Mickel Invite.
(Brandon Warr can be reached at 970.641.1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES AT BUENA VISTA DEMON DUALS (DEC. 1)
> At 106 pounds, Jared VanHee went 3-2.
> At 113 pounds, Devon Gomez went 3-2.
> At 120 pounds, Tyler Laudick went 3-2.