Alamosa senior Ben Vance takes Lane Grimwood for a ride during Thursday night's 62-12 victory. Vance was leading 12-3 before pinning Grimwood in the third period.
ALAMOSA—For their last home dual the Alamosa Mean Moose wrestling team earned an overpowering victory over Bayfield on Thursday night. According to On the Mat Alamosa is the top ranked squad in 3A wrestling. In their first action since having placed 15th among some of the best that Colorado has to offer in the Top of the Rockies tournament the Mean Moose were sharp. Alamosa took down the Wolverines in a 62-12 dual.
The first Moose on the mat was Elijah DeLaCerda. Once DeLaCerda paced himself he began scoring at will, out speeding Bayfield’s Dylan Pickering to a 17-1 technical fall. Colten Liddell wrestled for Alamosa at 120 pounds and wasted no time rolling up Colby Baker for a pin at 1:07.
Kolton Hillis gains control after a reversal gave him the lead in his match against Jake Sandry. Hillis would go on to register near fall points and take a decision adding 3 points to Alamosa's team win.
There was a dogfight at 145 pounds between Kolten Hillis and Wolverine Jake Sandry. Neither wrestler registered any points in the first period so when Sandry notched an escape in the second, that one point looked like it might stand tall. When Hillis went into the down position in the third looking for an escape of his own to tie things up, things didn't go as expected.
Instead of a n escape he had Sandry plastered all over his back. Hillis focused and caught Sandry off balance and earned a go ahead reversal, Hillis then added a little extra assurance with a near fall to take the match by a 4-1 decision.
Andres Mondragon kept things going for the Moose with a big swooping takedown that he would turn into a pin at the 1:46 mark. At the 160 pound weight Alamosa's Ben Vance would control Lance Grimwood with a 12-3 score before finishing him off with a pin to make the score 38-6.
Logan Thompson punctuated the night for the Moose with another fight to the finish against Bayfield’s Daniel Westbrook. After a quiet first period it was Westbrook who utilized a takedown and an escape to take a 3-1 lead going into the final period. Thompson’s options were simple hustle and try to make up the ground or go for broke and pin Westbrook.
Early in the third Thompson looked to be in great shape when he tallied a reversal to even things up at 3 apiece but he wasn’t done. Thompson used his advantageous positioning to close his match with a pin at 5:02.
Bayfield’s two victories came at the expense of Hunter Smith and Zendon Bernal who succumbed to pins at the hands of Garret Beebe and John Foutz respectively. Alamosa will close out their season on a road trip. The first stop will be in Arvada where the Moose will face Arvada West High School tonight at 6 p.m.