For the second week in a row, the Pirate wrestling team participated in a dual meet tourney lacking a full complement of athletes.
Despite the holes in the lineup, however, the Pirates managed to win three of five matches and finish fourth at the annual Buena Vista Tournament,
The day began with a 36-29 win over 3A Bennett.
Cody Kimsey scored six points by pinning Jason Juth at the 1:13 mark of their bout at 120 pounds.
Chris Archuleta managed an 8-7 decision over Kolby Whisler at 126.
In his bout against Dalton Veal at 138 pounds, Pagosa’s Dalton Gregory put six points on the scoreboard with a fall at 1:15.
Danny Shahan fashioned a 10-6 decision over John Jordan at 145 pounds.
Keith Archuleta (152) pinned Hunter Bell at 1:34.
Morgan Shelton earned a fall over Daegan Veal 42 seconds into the bout at 170.
A 4A opponent, Eagle Valley, was next up for Pagosa and the team from the central mountains put the hurt on the Pirates, 65-6. Pagosa’s only points came on an Eagle Valley forfeit at 152.
The Pirates rebounded in their third match, however, taking a decisive 51-18 victory over Clear Creek.
At 106, Weldon Hughes pinned Cody Marshall at the 26-second mark.
Kimsey got his second win of the day at 120, pinning Chris Colle at 1:02.
Chris Archuleta earned a 15-0 technical fall over Parker Trower at 126.
Jeremiah Miller was victorious at 132, pinning Mason Valles at 1:32.
Silas Thompson saw his first action of the day at 138 and he pinned Jake Livengood in 45 seconds.
Shahan worked to a major decision, 10-1, over Anthony Potter, at 145.
Cody Snow got six points with a pin of Rick Rilery at 2:59 of their bout at 160.
The trend continued in the final match of pool action at Buena Vista as the Pirates defeated Salida 42-23.
Hughes pinned his opponent at 106 pounds.
Austin Courtney saw action at 126 and pinned Chance Trueblood at 3:46.
Cassidy DeYapp got maximum points at 152, pinning Chance Ogden at 1:25.
Snow won his match at 170 with a pin of J.G. Mendocino, at 59 seconds.
The win over Salida put Pagosa in second place in pool play and the team moved on to the battle for third at the tournament.
The battle was lost 54-18 to Mead, a 3A team from the northern plains.
Pagosa’s 18 points came via two forfeits and the six points garnered by Courtney when he pinned Christian Cortez at 1:45 in a match at 126 pounds.
Coach Dan Janowsky called the outing at Buena Vista, “a mixed bag,” noting that many of his athletes were competing against heavier opponents as he worked his roster to find matches for his wrestlers.
“We have six or seven of our better wrestlers between one thirty-eight and one fifty-two, with only three places to put them,” said the coach. “As a result, we have guys wrestling under weight in some classes. We are going to have to struggle through this, and it will take some time. We took them all and spread them out. They all need to wrestle this time of year.”
According to Janowsky, the strategy worked in some cases, and not in others. “Against Bennett, Clear Creek and Salida, our guys handled it,” he said. “Against Eagle Valley and Mead, there was a glaring weakness.”
Overall, though, a number of Pirates did very well on the day and, teamwise, considering the Pirates forfeited four weights, the result was far from disappointing.
“We took three freshmen (Hughes, Chris Archuleta and Courtney) and they did well,” said the coach. “Cody Kimsey had his first outing this year and, though he is destined for one-twelve he went two and three at one-nineteen. Danny Shahan, senior, was two and three, wrestling some of the strongest opponents of the day, and Cody Snow wrestled three times at one-seventy and he is really at one fifty-two.”
While the road is a bit bumpy at this point in the season, the experience will stand the athletes in good stead as they move into the meat of the schedule.
“We have got to build for getting our lineup solid by mid January,” said Janowsky. “A lot is going to depend on how our guys handle their conditioning during the Christmas break. We didn’t do the job during the Thanksgiving break, and we return from this next vacation to some serious competition, so there has to be improvement.”
Before that break, however, the Pirates have one more tournament, Saturday at Walsenburg, at the John Mall Invitational — the first individual bracketed event of the season.