Standley Lake wrestling falls to Columbine

Two Gators pin opponents

Kate Ferraro
Standley Lake 120-pounder Manual LaCrue wrestles against Columbine’s Mathew Ybarra Dec. 18 at Standley Lake High School.

Standley Lake lost 47-33 in a dual meet against Columbine Dec. 18 at Standley Lake High School.

Despite having wrestlers on the varsity roster nursing multiple injuries, head coach Rich Talmich said the team performed well against the Rebels even with junior varsity athletes filling in.

“I know Columbine is a pretty decent team,” Talmich said. “We’re coming off several injuries. I think the kids went 100 percent.”

Dylan Aguilar pinned Columbine’s Tim Mullin in the 152 pound weight class and Gator’s Saige Bergel pinned Josh Rodriguez (132).

Aguilar, one of the wrestlers with an injury, started out slow, but then found his rhythm and pinned Mullin 30 seconds in the second round of the match.

“He’s one of our leaders,” Talmich said of Aguilar. “He’ll be one of the kids that we’ll be looking for to step up and compete later in regionals.”

Jackie Dang won 13-9 in three rounds against Bret Warriner (113). Dang has only been wrestling for five months and only has a few losses in the season so far.

“He has great technique,” Talmich said of Dang. “Unfortunately, he’s a senior, but we’re going to look forward to him doing good things in the second half of the season.”

Ryan Dang (106), Manuel LaCrue (120), Dalton Brooks (126) and Noah Parko (138) were all pinned by their opponents. Richard Meisinger (220) and Omar Coolidge (285) also lost their matches.

Ryan Wosk (182) and Jaret Walls (195) both won out of forfeit.

The Gators are now 7-5 in duals going into winter break. Talmich said Standley Lake is off to a good start and they have a big second half against good teams.

“We come home and we have Arvada West, Pomona, some of the top teams in the state,” Talmich said. “We’re going to get some of these kids healthy and we’re going to come back and start wrestling hard and be the team that we’re known for.”