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La Veta wrestlers back in action

by Dreama Ortivez

LA VETA- The LaVeta wrestlers were back in action last Saturday as they traveled to Westcliffe for the annual Custer County Invitational Tournament.  There were 16 teams representing their schools with Baca County High School ranked number 10.  The Redskins came out of the tournament with one champion, Adam Ortivez.   

    At 119 lbs, Michael Channel went 0-2 for the day.  In his first match he wrestled Aleck Honaker from Canon City JV.  Channel was beating Honaker but lost the match in the second period by disqualification.  In his second match he was pinned in :42 seconds by Nick Malina from Sangre de Cristo. 

    WD Arnold at 125 lbs went 2 for 2.  In his first match he pinned Clay Brown from Sangre de Cristo in :39 seconds.  Next he lost to Garrett Camper from Custer County by a pin in 3:02.  Arnold then pinned Peter Schmidt from Classical Academy in :54 seconds.  In his last match, Arnold lost by a major decision 3-0.  Wouldn’t this be 2 for 4?

    Adam Ortivez at 130 lbs went 4-0 for the day.  Ortivez pinned his first opponent Kelgy Zimmerman from Alamosa JV in :25 seconds.  Next Ortivez pinned Daneil Kappel from Limon in 1:11.  Ortivez continued his streak as he pinned Wesley Bell from Custer County in :38seconds. In the championships, Ortivez beat Chris Reveles from Alamosa JV by a Tech Fall 16-0. 

    At 152 lbs Eric Griego went 2 for 2.  Griego pinned Ben Suljack of SouthPark in 5:05 and then pinned Danny Eastin of Kioa in :21secs.  Griego was pinned in :59 seconds by Zach Peek of Florence.  In his final match Griego lost to Anthony Menosza of Swink by a Tech Fall.  Wouldn’t this be 2 for 4?

    At 160 lbs Dalton Williams went 0-2 for the day.  In his first match he was pinned in 54 seconds by Chris Forrell from Rye and then he was pinned by Caleb Smith from Pueblo West JV in 3:46. 

    At 189 lbs Logan Williams went 1-2 for the day.  In his first match Williams was pinned in :39 seconds by James Brown from Florence.  Williams then pinned Erik Mears of Pueblo West JV in :54 seconds.  In Williams’ final match, he was pinned in 2:20 by Nathan Bower from Sangre de Cristo. 

    At 285 lbs Elliott Blessman went 2-2 for the day.  He was pinned in his first match in :39 seconds by Mark Schroder from Swink.  Blessman then pinned Mike Davis from Rye in :46 seconds and pinned Steven Lyons from South Park in a 1:39.  Blessman was pinned in 18 seconds by Paul Cranne from Alamosa JV. Wouldn’t this be 2 for 4?

    “Overall I was pleased considering the long break.  I was just eager for the kids to get back on the mats.  The tournament was very competitive and it was good to see some new competition.  More than anything we need to get mentally tougher as our remaining schedule gets tougher each week,” stated Coach Ortivez. 

    This week the Redskins travel to Walsh on Friday for a dual and then back to Walsh for the Bacca County Invitational.  Good luck Redskins.