Yuma High School’s girls wrestlers will get another crack at competing in The Pit.
The Indians’ dual with Lamar has been rescheduled for today, January 27, at 6 p.m. It will come before the boys team takes on rival Wray so the odds are there will be a good-size crowd on hand. The dual originally was set for last Thursday, but was postponed due to illness within the Lamar team.
The Indians are back in action Saturday in a tournament at Chatfield High School.
They had a great run last Saturday at the Loveland Girls Invitational, finishing third in the 17-school field with 83 points. Fort Lupton won the team title with 102, while Loveland was second with 87. Mead was fourth with 75, and Poudre fifth with 74.
Three second-place efforts and two thirds helped power the Indians to their high team finish.
Mia Dischner reached the championship match at 185 pounds. She won her first two matches with pins in 52 and 32 seconds. However, she ran into Makala Simpson of Soroco in her final match, this time getting pinned in the first period.
Fatima Duran took second place at 127 pounds. She won by fall in her quarterfinal match at 2:45, then won by fall (3:25) in the semifinal against Addi Cronk of Severance. She then met Sierra Lynne Moskalski in the championship, getting pinned in 35 seconds.
Chloe Smith went 4-1 to take second at 105 pounds. She had pins in 37, 41 and 44 seconds, and one in 2:58. Her one loss also came via pin fall at the 1:28 mark.
Ashley Marshall went 3-1 while placing third at 111 pounds. She won a 12-2 major decision in the quarterfinals, lost by fall in the semifinals, but came back with two wins by fall in the consolation bracket, including a win over Mead’s Frances Hudson for third place.
Camila Sanchez rallied through the consolation bracket to take third at 100. She lost her first match of the day, but then won three straight, two by fall and one a 6-4 decision. She pinned Shelby Pirbelsky of Northridge at the 3:37 mark in the third-place match.
Destiny Henderson and Maci Daugherty both went 2-2 at 118 pounds, as did Abril Montes de Oca at 136. Ximena Garcia earned one win by fall at 127. Natalia Serrano wrestled at 161, Tera Leifheit at 118, and Nadia Carias at 100.
YHS boys taking on Wray
The YHS boys wrestling team has a big one tonight in The Pit.
It is time for the annual Yuma County Showdown on the Mat, which this time is taking place in Yuma.
The Indians are enjoying a strong season, but Wray comes to town once again loaded throughout the lineup and considered one of the best teams in Class 2A. The Eagles are ranked No. 10 in the 2A Top 10, behind only Centauri. They have four wrestlers ranked in the top four of their weight class in 2A. Yuma has one such wrestler, John Smith at 126. (Tim Yount’s On the Mat rankings.)
The YMS wrestlers also will be taking on Wray in a dual at 4 p.m., followed by the YHS girls’ rescheduled dual with Lamar at 6 p.m. The high school boys dual is set to begin at 7 p.m.
The Indians also have a rare Friday tournament as they travel to McCook, Nebraska, tomorrow for a 1 p.m. start.
Yuma earned an exciting 36-33 win over Lamar in a dual in The Pit, last Thursday.
Smith won the dual’s last match, a 7-0 decision at 126 pounds, to secure the team win. Yuma won seven of the 10 matches decided on the mat, but three Yuma forfeits kept the team score close.
Trey Stegman won by fall at 138 pounds, Yahir Trejo a 5-2 decision at 152, Zeke Martinez by fall at 160, Kallen Blach by fall at 170, Kevin Hermosillo by fall at 182, and Peyton Wells by fall at 195.
The Indians spent Saturday at the Northglenn Norse Invitational. They scored 134 team points to finish sixth in the 19-school field. Cañon City won the team title with 165, Windsor was close behind with 162.5, Greeley Central 160, Prairie View 152, and Jefferson 150.
Yuma was powered by several top-four placing efforts, led by Stegman finishing second at 138 pounds. He opened with a win by fall (4 minutes, 28 seconds), followed by a major decision (14-6) in the quarterfinals. Only two seconds remained when Stegman got the win by fall in the semifinal against Frederick’s Wyatt Schust. He took on Cañon City’s Ezavian Ortega in the championship match, losing a 17-6 major decision.
Hermosillo went 4-1 to earn third place at 182 points. He won by decision in the quarterfinals, but lost by fall in the semifinals. However, he then rallied for three straight wins, the first by fall. He pulled out a 3-2 decision over Longmont’s Hunter Knight in the third-place match.
Trejo went 3-2 to place fourth at 152. He won his first match by fall, lost a 4-2 decision in the quarterfinals, but came back with a 12-1 major decision and 3-2 decision to reach the third-place match, where he lost a 9-4 decision.
Blach went 2-2 while placing fourth at 170 pounds. He had one win by fall and one by decision.
Tayte Smith was 3-2 while placing fourth at 145. He won his first match by fall, lost a 10-4 decision in the quarterfinals, then got two wins by fall to reach the third-place match, where he lost an 8-3 decision.
Payton Wells went 3-2 while placing fourth at 195. He won his first two matches by fall in the first period to reach the semifinals, where he lost a tough 2-1 decision. He came back with a win by fall, before getting pinned in the third-place match.
J. Smith placed fifth while going 3-2 at 126. He won his first two matches to reach the semifinals, where he lost a close 8-5 decision. He lost another decision to fall into the fifth-place match, where he came up with a overtime victory, 6-4, for an exciting conclusion.
Jose Ruiz went 2-1 at 285. Both of his wins came by fall, including one in 39 seconds.
Adrian Carranza picked up one win at 120, and Martinez one win at 160.