The 2012-2013 Pirate wrestling season got underway last Saturday at a dual meet tournament in Farmington, N.M. and the Pagosans fared well with a short-handed team.
The Pirates fought five dual matches at the tourney, winning two — the first two of the day, against Farmington (42-33) and Bloomfield (36-27).
From there, Pagosa lost three duals — to Cibola and Carlsbad (the tourney winner), and to Kirtland Central in the battle for fifth place. Cibola took the dual 45-30, Carlsbad won 48-16, Kirtland Central got the victory at 39-30.
In all the losing duals, the Pirates were not at full strength. The Pirates had competitors at nine of 14 weights, forfeiting at least 30 points at the outset of each go-round.
“The bottom line,” said Coach Dan Janowsky, “is we had four or five starters not ready to go, for one reason or another.”
Among the veterans not competing were Dalton Gregory and Chase Purcell — both out of action for reasons related to weight certification procedures.
Overall, Janowsky was pleased with the way his athletes handled their first bouts of the season.
“I was pleased with the way our guys wrestled,” said the coach. “I had a good time, the kids had a good time. They competed hard; no one threw in the towel. They did the things we worked on in practice well. But, there are things we need to get to deal with quickly in order to get better. I’m glad we went to Farmington; it was a productive day for us.”
According to Janowsky, one of the bright spots during the tournament was the fact his wrestlers, “didn’t fold versus tough competition. I like the way our guys battled. Our guys were superior in their conditioning.”
Two Pirates went undefeated at the Farmington tournament: Alonzo Hernandez, at 220 pounds, and Creede Wylie at 285.
Wylie fought five matches and won all by pinning his opponents. Hernandez fought three matches and won all by pin.
Cody Snow won three of four matches at 152, all three with falls. Morgan Shelton won four of five matches at 182, three by pin, one with a major decision.
Several other Pirates earned victories at the tournament. Dean Scott worked a fall at 160 against Bloomfield. Michael Mills (132) and Austin Courtney (138) won with pins against Kirtland Central wrestlers
Next up, a tournament this weekend at Columbine High School, in the Denver area.
“Just like at Farmington, I don’t anticipate taking someone at every weight,” said the coach. “We’ll probably go to Columbine with nine or ten wrestlers. There’s also a junior varsity tournament at Aztec, so we’ll get everybody out on the mat this week.”