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Rivals clash in early-season dual

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By Brian Forbes

Columbine got revenge and Chatfield earned a bit of a moral victory Thursday night as these rivals squared off on the mats at Columbine High School.

The Rebels won eight of the 14 weights to earn a 45-34 victory and avenge last season’s defeat to the Chargers.

Chatfield, however, gave up 18 points by forfeiting three weights and won six of the 11 weights wrestled.

“It means a lot,” Columbine 152-pounder Jason Trojan said. “Chatfield is our rival so we always want to beat them and they beat us last year. I think we had a better team last year, but this year we pulled it out, finally.”

Trojan registered one of the eight pins on the night as he stuck Jonny Ray Vigil’s shoulders on the mat in 1 minute, 4 seconds.

Trojan got Vigil bunched up early and elected to keep the senior creased up rather than step over and try to flatten him out. Trojan called it a good display of patience.

“I’m happy because it’s early in the season and it’s the first win of the year, so far,” he said. “I’m glad I got him in a pin.”

The Rebels also got pinfall victories from R.J. Gaither (130 pounds) and Kyle Cordova (171). Jacob Wood won his 135-pound match and earned the Rebels six points when Chatfield sophomore Cory Wittwer had to default due to injury trailing 4-1 in the second period.

Cordova used his height to get Alan Fredrickson in trouble. After a scoreless first, Fredrickson escaped and was trying to be aggressive before Cordova used his length to step around the senior and roll him on his back.

“I used my long legs. Against shorter opponents, they can’t get me,” Cordova said. “With the longer legs I got more leverage on them, too, and just being quicker.”

The Chargers scored five pins, beginning with Chaz Glaser’s victory over Zach Cole at the 5:11 mark of their 125-pound bout.

Adeline Gray withstood an early takedown and flurry by Austin Velasquez and was in control late in the first period of their 140-pound match. Gray took care of business in the second with a takedown at eventual pin at the 2:42 mark.

“I just wrestle my match,” she said. “I have to get in to wrestling my zone and control the match. My style is a little bit slower than his spastic style.”

Aaron Paz turned in another strong performance for the Chargers as he rallied from an early takedown to pin Ethan Diamond midway through the third period.

Paz seemed to have the most energy in the third as he rolled Diamond over and squeezed for the pin.

“I know quite a few kids that go here that I’d like to go through next year saying how I beat them,” said Paz, a senior. “He was pretty intimidating with his size and every time I wanted to go to a strength move, I had to think about it.”

After forfeiting the 215, 275 and 103 weight classes, the Chargers got a pinfall victory at 112s from freshman Jordan Crites and an 11-3 major decision at 119s by freshman Dakota Thayer to end the dual.