The Pirate wrestling team continued with its positive start to the season, taking second place last weekend at the Buena Vista dual meet tournament, finishing behind a strong regional opponent, Florence.
Pagosa went into the tournament absent several starters. E.J. Romero was held out due to a concussion, Patrick Manzanares missed the action due to a shoulder injury and Preston Sandoval was out following transportation problems.
Pagosa managed to best Intermountain League rival and reigning Class 3A state champion Centauri in the first meet of the day. The Falcons, like the Pirates, were missing several key athletes.
Forfeits gave the edge to Pagosa in the 45-25 victory. Andrew Clark took a win by fall at 125 pounds, pinning Andrew Gylling at 3 minutes, 34 seconds. Dakota Miller beat Brian Cortez 22-5 in a match at 140. Ryan Hamilton forged a 14-5 decision over Cory Coombs at 152.
The Pirates beat Battle Mountain 48-20 in meet No. 2.
Danny Shahan (135) pinned Manny Martinez at 1:50. Waylon Lucero got a fall at 160, beating Pat Fayel at 1:03.
In the third meet of the day, Pagosa defeated Bennett 42-23.
Silas Thompson got a 7-0 decision over Brittany Thompson at 103. Shahan decisioned Kolby Whistler 12-1 at 135.
Pagosa took a 60-24 win over Salida.
Alan Van Ness pinned Matt Davis at 5:49 in a match at 112. Dalton Gregory beat Eric Ghovan at 119, getting the pin 22 seconds into the match. Shahan pinned chance Ogden at 1:34 in their battle at 135. Lucero pinned Hayden Anderson at 2:34 at 160 and Jordan Neuleib won with a fall at 1:16, beating Ed Rodriquez at 171.
Florence put an end to any Pirate hopes of a tournament championship with a decisive 53-18 win in the tourney final. Hamilton got the pin at 3:49, defeating Skylar Kepley at 152. Neuleib (171) pinned Ben Grossmen at 1:12. Clint Manzanares got a win at 189, pinning Skylar Anderson at the 24-second mark.
“They wrestled tough,” said Coach Dan Janowsky of the Huskies. “We have our work cut out for us with teams like that. But, on the whole, it was a pretty good day for us.
Neuleib was the only Pirate to go undefeated at Buena Vista. Hamilton and Manzanares emerged from the action with only one loss each.
Pagosa wraps up the pre-holiday portion of the schedule with a trip to the Piedra Vista Invitational in Farmington Friday and Saturday.
“The team has fought in three dual meet tourney thus far this season, and this will be a different format — an individual tournament format,” said Janowsky. “There are sixteen-man brackets at Piedra Vista and I think most of our guys will be able to contribute to the point total.
“What we’re looking to do is to find out which of our guys will finish in the top three at a tournament like this; the top three is where you score your points. This tournament will be a good opportunity to find out if we have anyone there yet.”
Action at Piedra Vista begins at 1:30 p.m. Friday and continues to 9 p.m. On Saturday, matches begin at 9:30 a.m. with finals set for 3 p.m.