Wrestlers stout in Salida

Iaasic Pena
Lorenzo Pena
Josh Gallegos
Ignacio's Iaasic Pena hoists high Ethan Lucero of 4A Silver (Silver City, N.M.) during 152-pound action at Pagosa Springs' Rocky Mountain Invitational on Jan. 10th. Pena won and advanced to the first-place match, but then lost to 1A Monticello (Utah) standout Cole Eldredge. IHS took seventh at the 16-team event, and then placed third at the 15-team Rob Mickel Memorial Invitational in Salida on Jan. 17.
Ignacio's Lorenzo Pena turns the lights out on 3A Montezuma-Cortez's Briggs Durbin during 145-pound, non-league dual action Jan. 12 inside the Panthers' Ron Wright Memorial Gymnasium. The Bobcats lost to M-CHS 39-15, but then rebounded to beat 2A San Juan Basin League foe Mancos 48-18 later that night. Pena, however, injured a knee in the second period of his match versus MHS' Andrew Morgan and was inactive for IHS' trip to Salida's Rob Mickel Memorial Invitational on Jan. 17.
Ignacio's Josh Gallegos tries breaking down 3A Montezuma-Cortez's Victor Perez during heavyweight, non-league dual action Jan. 12th inside the Panthers' Ron Wright Memorial Gymnasium. The Bobcats lost to M-CHS 39-15, with Perez getting a second-period pin, but IHS rebounded to beat 2A San Juan Basin League foe Mancos 48-18 later that night. Gallegos, after receiving a forfeit win against MHS, went on to take second place at Salida's Rob Mickel Memorial Invitational on Jan. 17.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

Unable to bring the proverbial ‘wood’ to Salida High School due to the literal lack of injured sophomore Lorenzo “Woody” Pena, Ignacio Wrestling still was sturdy enough to bring back third place from SHS’ annual Rob Mickel Memorial Invitational held Saturday, Jan. 17.

Recording his second tournament title in as many weekends, sophomore 113-pounder Stocker Robbins followed up his triumph at Pagosa Springs’ Rocky Mountain Invitational [Jan. 10] with a first at ‘the Mickel,’ defeating 2A Peyton sophomore Jack Kelly 11-4 to finish 2-0 at the 15-team assembly and help the Bobcats amass 128.5 team points to finish behind only 3A’s Bayfield (131) and Cedaredge (160).

Senior Josh Gallegos ended up taking second out of a round-robin heavyweight division, ultimately placing behind Bayfield sophomore Sam Westbrook. Gallegos first pinned 2A San Luis Centennial’s Ethan Adams in 1:46, then stuck 3A Basalt’s Oswaldo Morales in only 31 seconds, lost to Westbrook – but in overtime, 7 to 5 – but bounced back to defeat Cedaredge’s Mario Madaleno 7-3 and finish with a 3-1 record at the Spartans’ gathering.

Sophomore Dalton Mickey, bumped up to fill Pena’s place at 145, came in fourth (meet record of 1-2) after losing to 2A Westcliffe Custer County’s Weldon Rusher by first-period pin, but senior Iaasic Pena (2-1) took second at 152 after a tough 3-1 loss in overtime to 2A Center’s Salomon Chavez.

Junior Tyler Beebe and sophomore Ethan Appenzeller were third at 132 and 138 pounds, recording third-period pins, respectively, of Basalt’s Luis Ruiz and Cedaredge’s Wyatt Ashby.

Back in action after being medically cleared of concussion effects, sophomore 160-pounder Timmy Plehinger also took home third place – but at the expense of senior teammate Mike Perez, whom he pinned 41 ticks into the third period.

Senior Blaine Mickey ended up fourth at 182 pounds after a loss to Center’s George Weatherford, and senior Wyatt Mickas did not place after going 0-2 at 106.

Next for Ignacio was to be a non-league dual at 4A Durango on Thursday, Jan. 22, but results were unavailable by the Drum’s deadline. The Cats then head north on the Jan. 23 to the Paonia Duals, and remain in the area for PHS’ Screaming Eagle Invitational on the Jan. 24. IHS’ own Butch Melton Memorial Invitational is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31.

 

TEAM STANDINGS AT ‘THE MICKEL’:

1. Cedaredge 160, 2. Bayfield 131, 3. IGNACIO 128.5, 4. Salida 125, 5. Peyton 119, 6. Center 80, 7. Colorado Springs Christian 70, 8. Basalt 67, 9. Westcliffe Custer County 56, 10. Del Norte 51, 11. San Luis Centennial 44, 12. Las Animas 41, 13. Leadville Lake County 40, 14. Antonito 10.5, 15. Manzanola 10.

 

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPS AT ‘THE MICKEL’:

106 – Marcos Fernandez, Las Animas; 113 – STOCKER ROBBINS, IGNACIO; 120 – Taylor Claman, Peyton; 126 – Kyle Olsen, Salida; 132 – Wyatt Lee, Peyton; 138 – Jake Schoenfeld, Salida; 145 – Colter McMenimen, Bayfield; 152 – Salomon Chavez, Center; 160 – Cordell Curtis, Center; 170 – Jake Jolly, Del Norte; 182 – Nate Lowe, Salida; 195 – not reported; 220 – Anthony Antuna, Cedaredge; Hwt – Sam Westbrook, Bayfield.

 

ON THE MAT’S CLASS 2A RANKINGS, JAN. 16th (previous rank):

1. Paonia (1), 2. Meeker (2), 3. Norwood/Nucla (5), 4. Rocky Ford (3), 5. Centauri (4), 6. Swink (6), 7. Sedgwick County/Fleming (8), 8. IGNACIO (7), 9. Ordway Crowley County (NR). Dropped out – Holly (9), Wray (10).

 

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