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Pirate wrestlers idled by weather, return to action tonight

A bye week.

Unplanned, and unwanted.

The weather conspired against Pirate wrestlers last week, with a major winter storm leading to the cancellation of a dual meet against Monte Vista, scheduled as the undercard of a college meet at Adams State College.

The storm also prevented the athletes from attending practice Thursday and Friday and now, tonight, it’s back to work.

The Pirates entertain reigning Class 3A state champ Centauri tonight at the PSHS gym in the teams’ Intermountain League dual meet. Action begins at 6 p.m.

There will be little time to rest as the Pirates travel to Monte Vista Friday, to meet Monte in another IML dual meet — this one rescheduled from last week.

Then, Saturday, the team goes back over Wolf Creek Pass to La Jara, for the Centauri Dual Meet Tournament.

“We missed last week’s meet with Monte Vista because of weather,” said Pirate coach Dan Janowsky, “and we missed some key practice time Thursday and Friday. We finally got in a practice Saturday but this kind of delay gets in the way of our practice plan. We had an idle week last week, and that’s not what we want going into this week. But, you try to make adjustments the best you can.”

While the Pirates continue to wrestle off the lineup in the practice room, barring a couple of possible changes, the roster is fairly solid.

A solid roster is imperative if the Pirates are to have any success against the Falcons tonight.

Centauri comes to town not only as the 2008-2009 state champion team, but they feature two state individual champions, one runner-up and two state placers on the squad. Centauri provides a clear test for the Pirates as the regular season wends its way to an end.

Tomorrow, Pagosa and Monte will resume their classic rivalry, just in time to prepare both squads for the trip to La Jara Saturday.

Centauri’s dual meet tourney will feature several of the top 3A programs in Colorado. The Falcons, Pirates and Monte Vista will be joined by Florence, Grand Valley, Gunnison, Buena Vista, Olathe and Rocky Ford. Centauri, Olathe and Grand Valley are ranked in the top five in 3A, with Gunnison and Florence ranked in the top 10

The dual meet tourney will be organized in three, three-team pools. Pagosa will begin action in a pool with Olathe and Rocky Ford.

“It’s turned into a tough day,” said Janowsky of the Centauri meet. “Everyone will wrestle five matches. It’s a grind, but it is a good meet for this time of year. It’s an advantage to find a high-quality meet like this so close to home.”

Matches at Centauri begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.