Lone Cat goes gallantly at State

Ignacio heavyweight Josh Gallegos tries breaking apart the grip applied by Swink's Jarred Zumwalt
Ignacio heavyweight Josh Gallegos tries breaking apart the grip applied by Swink's Jarred Zumwalt inside the Pepsi Center in Denver on Day 2 (Feb. 22) of the Class 2A State Championships.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

The first day of his Mile High stay, 6,479 fans filed through the Pepsi Center entrances.

13,824 entered the iconic Denver arena on Day 2, when he again stepped onto a mat.

And though Ignacio sophomore Josh Gallegos wasn’t in contention anymore when the last of 15,359 patrons found a seat on Day 3, experiencing such an atmosphere as a competitor couldn’t help but bode well for the heavyweight when the 2013-14 season’s start comes around.

And despite a well-wrapped right shoulder, his wrestling skills should as well for IHS.

For the lone Bobcat in the 2013 CHSAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships [Feb. 21-23] didn’t depart like a wide-eyed rookie, losing 2-1 on Day 1 to Walsenburg John Mall’s Lorenzo Trujillo—a regional champion coming in—and then 7-6 to Swink’s Jarred Zumwalt in the first round of consolation-bracket action to finish the season 11-21 overall.

Ignacio Football head coach Lupe Huerta, nursing a wounded right arm himself, joined IHS Wrestling boss Bob Overturf in instructing from the chairs for Gallegos’ final match, and both looked eager to see the young man’s future two-sport development.

STANDINGS:  1.Paonia 205.5, 2.Highland 148, 3.Baca County 130, 4.Del Norte 87, 5.Dove Creek 83.5, 6.Rocky Ford 70, 7.Sedgwick County-Fleming 60.5, 8.Meeker 58.5, 9.Swink 56, 10.Wray 55.5, 11.Holyoke 55, 12.Fowler 54, T-13.Merino/Stratton 52, 15.Akron 50, 16.Wiggins 46.5, 17.Eads 44, 18.Center 35, 19.Yuma 34, 20.Custer County 33, 21.Nucla 29, 22.Burlington 27, 23.Cheyenne Wells 26, 24.Holly 24.5, T-25.North Park/Norwood 22, 27.Peyton 21, T-28.Dolores/Hayden/La Veta 20, 31.Lyons 19, 32.Sargent 15, 33.John Mall 13, 34.Rangely 12, 35.Kiowa 11, 36.Las Animas 8, T-37.Antonito/West Grand 7, 39.Crowley County 6, 40.Soroco 4, T-41.Calhan/Limon 3, 43.Centennial 2, T-44.Byers/IGNACIO/Lutheran/Manzanola/Mountain Valley/Rye 0.

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