Top-ranked Wray hands Yuma second team loss

The top-ranked Wray High School wrestling team flexed its muscles in dispatching county-rival Yuma, 44-15, Thursday night in the Eagles Nest.

Yuma entered the annual showdown with just one team loss in this dual-only Season B, and was looking to give the Eagles a scare like the Indians did last year in The Pit.

Blaze Brophy works for the pin at 138 pounds, Thursday in Wray. (Pioneer Photo/Jake Rayl)

However, Wray is looking to add to its fourth straight Class 2A team championship next month, and showed Thursday night it definitely has what it takes.
Yuma won only three of 12 matches – the Indians forfeited at 106 and there was a double forfeit at 113 — two by fall.
The first came at 132 pounds, where senior Braden Smith finally got the pin of Dillon Schmidt with nine seconds left in the match.
Braden Smith eventually won by fall at 132 pounds, Thursday night in Wray. (Pioneer Photo/Jake Rayl)
Fellow senior Blaze Brophy followed that up with a second-period pin of Koy Smith at 138 pounds.
That left the Indians trailing 19-12, giving hope of making it interesting again.
However, Wray won the next four matches to build a 38-12 lead.
Kevin Hermosillo got Yuma back in the winner’s circle with a 12-7 decision over Jake Johnson at 182, but then Wray closed out the dual with two more wins.

Wray 44, Yuma 15
285 — Jose Molina (Wray) major decision over Brandon Mendoza, 14-4; 120 — Brady Collins

Kevin Hermosillo gets a takedown while on his way to a win by decision, Thursday night in Wray. (Pioneer Photo/Jake Rayl)
(Wray) 3-0 decision over John Smith; 126 — Chase Buoy (Wray) pinned Hugo Montes; 132 — Braden Smith (Yuma) pinned Dillon Schmidt; 138 — Blaze Brophy (Yuma) pinned Koy Smith; 145 — Reid Brown (Wray) pinned Trey Stegman; 152 — Tyler Collins (Wray) pinned Tyler Allen; 160 — Caeden Bauer (Wray) 1-0 decision over Yahir Trejo; 170 — Payton Wade (Wray) 17-5 decision over Louden Blach; 182 — Kevin Hermosillo (Yuma) 12-7 decision over Jake Johnson; 190 — Jackson Bledsoe (Wray) 8-4 decision over Kallen Blach; 220 — Harrison Wade (Wray) 7-1 decision over Jose Ruiz.