Centauri wrestlers score big against Montezuma-Cortez

LA JARA — Centauri’s wrestlers had one more item on the agenda standing between them and their rest and relaxation time. Centauri faced the Panthers of Montezuma-Cortez in a dual on Friday night and took care of business to the tune of a 63-12 score.

Centauri had a little reprieve from the mats not wrestling since Dec. 9 at the Ridge Rage tournament hosted by Palmer Ridge. The Panthers meanwhile got some work on Thursday when they faced Durango winning by a team score of 37-27. When the two teams met Centauri earned forfeits at five different weight classes while Montezuma-Cortez took two meaning no matter how the contested matches turned out the Falcons were already working with an 18-point lead.

Centauri only built on that lead with each wrestler. Weston Huffaker got the night started for the Falcons. Huffaker would face Kerwin Tom of the Panthers. After going three periods Huffaker claimed victory in a 10-8 decision with good ground-work and takedowns. At 106 Dominik Soffel worked quickly and efficiently to earn a takedown and a fall two minutes in. Jeramy Coombs pinned Cortez’s Austin Featherman in the second round after registering two takedowns.

At 113 pounds Zach Martin kept things going with another first round Falcons pin-fall that opened up a 45-12 lead in the dual. If one decided to get a snack during Jayden Gomez of Centauri's match at 145 against Casen Allmon they would have missed him register a quick takedown and a fall 1:07 in.

The final match of the night was at 152 and featured Brandon Buhr facing Ethan Boot of Cortez. Buhr stayed busy collecting takedowns and near falls all throughout the first and second periods. Before Buhr capped off a Falcons victory with a pin at 3:33 in the second, he had collected 21 points in a show of force on the mat.

The Falcons will now get to go home and reward all the effort of trying to make weight with some well-deserved holiday food. Centauri is back at it in the New Year. On Jan. 4th basketball will host Trinidad starting with the girls at 5:30 p.m. and the Wrestlers hit the mats on the 6th when they host Pagosa Springs at 9 a.m.