Cyclones open league schedule with 45-25 win over Pueblo South
When Jerry Kersey Gymnasium went dark Wednesday night, the dome light lowering to the Pueblo West High School wrestling mat for the first time this season as the Cyclones opened its South Central League dual schedule against rival Pueblo South, Nick Wilson was getting himself ready for his moment.
The Pueblo West High School freshman, already garnering respect as the 5th-ranked 120-pound wrestler in the state, had looked forward to this moment since he strapped on wrestling headgear for the first time when he was six years old.
“Being under the lights, it was something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid,” Wilson said. “I’ve always watched these matches, and being a part of it is a dream come true.”
Wilson needed just over a minute to stick Pueblo South’s Andrew Martinez in a pin 1:14 into the first period, providing one of the highlights of the Cyclones’ 45-25 dual win over the Colts.
“Nick has impressed us every time he’s wrestled with his pure grit,” Pueblo West head coach Ryan Schumann said. “He’s a windmill-type puncher out there, coming at you and keeping on coming, and it’s hard to coach against that. He’s the real deal.”
Wilson was one of four Cyclones to get pins Wednesday night, but his debut paled in comparison to the performance by the wily veteran senior, 220-pound Weston Hunt.
Hunt, currently ranked as the top 4A 220-pounder in the state of Colorado, needed just 10 seconds to dispose of South’s Matt Baca.
But the 10-second pin wasn’t even the fastest pin of the season for Hunt. On Dec. 2, he needed just eight seconds to pin Fountain-Fort Carson’s Raymond McLaughlin.
“It’s happened like that a few other times, but not too often,” Hunt said. “I just went in aggressive, he had his head down, and snapped it down and it worked.”
Schumann said he hopes Hunt’s dominance continues to be a recurring theme of the Cyclones’ season.
“Not taking anything away from [Baca] but Weston is just really good,” Schumann said. “He doesn’t let very many matches get past him. We hope that continues all the way to the state title for him. He’s an animal and it’s hard to go against that.”
At 160 pounds, sixth-ranked Ryan Stipe, who lost in 9-8 decision to second-ranked Marcus Martinez on a reversal with 15 seconds left, nearly came away with an upset win in what was undoubtedly the match of the night. For the most part though, clear cut winners were the norm throughout the dual.
“We were without three or four of our starters and our younger guys stepped up,” Schumann said. “Guys like Dillon Derting (who defeated Brayden Christie in a 16-8 major decision at 152 pounds) stepped up, and we got wins at the right spots.”
Pueblo West, which was slated to head to Douglas, Wyo. for a tournament this weekend, scrapped the trip, instead opting to stay home at the South Colt Classic this weekend, giving the Cyclones another chance to see the rival Colts.
“We’ll be able to face some of the top guys in the region at the Colt Classic,” Schumann said, “so we’ll get to see what we have."
#7 Pueblo West 45, Pueblo South 25
103: No. 1 Xavier Espinoza (PS) def. No. 7 Mark Ritz (PW), dec. 3-0; 113: Mack Martinez (PS) def. Cobi Montano (PW), fall 3:07; 120: No. 5 Nick Wilson (PW) def. Andrew Martinez (PS), fall 1:14; 126: Adrian Gonzales (PW) win by fft.; 132: No. 10 Gabe Romero (PW) def. Luke Kitchen (PS) TF 16-0, 3:45; 138: No. 8 Isaac Vigil (PW) def. Joe DeVille (PS), fall 2:53; 145: Michael McPherson (PW) def. Elias Espinoza (PS), fall 2:59; 152: Dillon Dertin (PW) def. Brayden Christie (PS), M-Dec. 16-8; 160: No. 2 Marcus Martinez (PS) def. No. 6 Ryan Stipe (PW), dec. 9-8; 170: No. 4 Elias Manzanares (PS) def. Deavon Crosson (PW), M-Dec. 10-0; 182: Jake Gallina (PS) def. Tanner Henderson (PW), fall 0:48; 195: No. 3 Hunter Mooring (PW) win by fft.; 220: No. 1 Weston Hunt (PW) def. Matt Baca (PS), fall 0:10; HWT: Kyle Aumiller (PS) def. Jeff Allen (PW), Dec. 5-3 (OT).