Chargers unable to overcome mistakes at Ralston Valley

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By Michael Hicks

ARVADA — Wilson George and Dillon Seeman wrestle a lot alike. It’s a workmanlike effort when the Chatfield grapplers take the mat.
That was clearly evident during the Chargers’ 5A Jeffco League dual at Ralston Valley on Dec. 19.
George produced a lopsided 9-3 decision over the Mustangs’ Tanner Hauptman at 182 pounds, while Seeman was pinfall winner over Bailey Cox in 3 minutes, 2 seconds at 195 pounds.
“My main goal is to go there and make him not want to be on the mat with me anymore. If he wants to pin himself, that just gets me off the mat faster,” Seeman said. “I kind of like beating people up anyway. It works out.”
Those results were, however, two of only a few things that worked out for Chatfield on this night. Ralston Valley dominated the matches pretty much from the get-go, winning eight of nine consecutive weight classes en route to a 59-20 victory. The only spot the Mustangs gave up in that span was at 113 pounds when the Chargers’ Ezra Fernandez picked up a forfeit victory
‘We did a lot of things just wrong. We were shooting with our heads down. For some reason we kept going to our hips to try and throw people, tried to wrestle from our knees. They’re just too smart for that,” Chatfield Senior first-year head coach Paul Peronard said. “We did that consistently across the board. They reacted consistently across the board. They would come around, get our heads down and put us on our backs.”
Eight of Chatfield’s 10 defeats were via pinfall, including five in the first period. One other setback was courtesy of a tech fall and another via injury forfeit after 132-pounder Derek Oswald surrendered his bout with Ralston Valley’s Vince Vittetoe with concussion-like symptoms.
The Chargers were also docked a one-point unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. But not all was lost. There were still three head-to-head victories, capped by sophomore Devon Clark’s back-and-forth dual-closing 152-pound pinfall win over Logan Shreck in 2:50.
“You get tired coming out with loss after loss,” Clark said. “If you can lift the team’s spirit in any way, I’m happy to do it.”
No doubt Chatfield has things to work on, George said. But he believes they’re easily fixable.
“This is probably one of the best things that could’ve happened. Now we know what we have to fix,” George said.
So, was it a good loss?
“I’m old enough to think that there’s no such thing as a good loss,” Peronard said. “We’ve definitely got to learn and get better. We’ve got a lot of sophomores and a couple of first-year wrestlers going out there. That’s no excuse, but they fall back when they get into a match situation. The brain kind of goes dead. They forget the fundamentals we’ve talked about.”

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.