Mountain Range wrestling pins Legacy

Jorge Rodriguez, Ryan Deakin stay undefeated

Kate Ferraro
Mountain Range 145 pounder Mike Alvino, right, twists the arm of Legacy's Blake Higgins in a match Jan. 9 at Mountain Range High School.

Seven wrestlers from Mountain Range pinned their opponents in a crosstown rival dual meet against Legacy Jan. 10.

The Mustangs beat the Lightning 45-26, and also won 40-24 against Ponderosa Jan. 8, both at home.

“It’s good for our guys to wrestle two nights in a row for the multiple weigh-ins,” Mustangs head coach Todd Sandman said. “It’s always nice to beat the crosstown rival.”

Mountain Range senior heavyweight Jorge Rodriguez was one of the seven who won his match, pinning Legacy’s Logan Lyons in 25 seconds. Rodriguez is now 22-0 on the season, something he’s never done before.

“My sophomore year I only lost one match and that was up in Kansas against the three-time state champ,” Rodriguez said. “I’m waiting to see what happens this year.”

Mountain Range 152-pounder Patrick Romero pinned Legacy’s Brandon Mostellor and Estevan Minjarez (195) pinned Mark Gjestvang. Mustangs Kody Kleman (220) and Louis Romero (106) pinned Tanner Dressel and Mitch Mueller, respectively.

Mountain Range Timmy Romero (120) pinned Trenton Blazon and Zack Martinez (126) pinned Gabe Armijo. Trent Thomas (132) won by points against Legacy’s Gabe Rodriguez, 11-5.

“We’re trying to improve each week,” Sandman said. “The important thing is at the end of the season the Pepsi Center. We want a strong showing there.”

Legacy’s Adam Otterson (138) pinned Ronnie Kahler and Skyler Anderson (182) pinned Mustangs’ Brandon Forney.

Blake Higgins (145) beat Mountain Range’s Mike Alvino by points, 9-7. Legacy’s Matt Hebel (160) and Nolan Funk (170) each won by points over Mustangs’ Alex Morales and Colton Eveland, respectively.

Legacy sophomore Ryan Deakin (113) also won by points over Martino Maez and is now 21-0 with 13 pins on the season.

“He’s definitely turned it on this season,” Legacy head coach Mike Thompson said of Deakin. “He’s got the right frame of mind, so he’s doing well for himself.”

Thompson said the season has been going well because the team is improving every week, which is important to him.

“It’s hard to see on the scoreboard, but with wrestling our goal is always regionals and state,” Thompson said. “These duals are good and it’s good for the kids. We’ve improved every week and that’s what we need to keep doing.”

Mountain Range will visit Kansas City Jan. 17 and 18 for the Bobcat Classic, while Legacy welcomes Greeley West Jan. 16 at Legacy High School.

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