LONGMONT — To a man in the Holy Family wrestling camp, Friday night was one they thought they could get.
And on paper they were right, they should have earned a better result against a young Mead Mavericks team. But they lost some matches they shouldn’t have and didn’t wrestle their best and ended up losing the dual 49-24.
You could sense the frustration for the Tigers, but they have to put it behind them quickly. They will be back at it on Saturday in Gilcrest at the Valley Invitational.
As per usual, there were some bright spots for coach Jason Pedigo’s team. At 113 pounds, sophomore Logan Erickson was sharp against Nathan Rowden and shortly after scoring a first period take-down, he finished it off in style with a pinfall victory in just 44 seconds.
Holy Family would have to wait a while to get back in the win column. It wasn’t until Benny Hernandez at 160 pounds, the final match of the night, that the Tigers tasted victory again. The junior, who is back and healthy, was down 1-0 going to the second period against Kyle Johnson, but once he got him on his back in the second period, made quick work. His pin came at 2:44.
Hunter Branson started things off with a bang in the first match of the night at 170 pounds. He toyed with Wyatt Sears to the tune of 12-2 within the first minute and then ended the suffering at the 1:01 mark.
It was a tough night for some of the other guys. Chris Florez gave up three nearfall points in the second period against Quin Dukes and just couldn’t catch up. He scored a reversal to make it 3-2 in the third, but ran out of time before completing the comeback.
Junior Adam Bartoletta went back and forth with Blake Morgan through two periods and was down 12-9 going to the final two minutes. Morgan finally got leverage and pinned the Tigers junior just 24 seconds into the final period.
Joe Szymanski may have had the most frustrating night of them all. Usually quick on his feet and able to snag take-downs, Szymanski never quite figured out Emilio Chavez and lost a major decision 15-4.
In addition to what should be a great tournament on Saturday at Valley High School, the Tigers will host their only other home dual on Wednesday night against Berthoud and will honor their three seniors.
MEAD 49, HOLY FAMILY 24
106 pounds — Preston King, Mead won by forfeit; 113 — Logan Erickson, Holy Family pinned Nathan Rowden, :45; 120 — Quin Dukes, Mead dec. Chris Florez, 3-2; 126 — Blake Morgan, Mead pinned Adam Bartoletta, 4:24; 132 — Keegan Caldwell, Mead pinned Connor Lee, 1:36; 138 — Joe Macaluso, Mead pinned Jackson Fuller, 1:20; 145 — Caleb Domenico, Mead pinned Brandom Alvarado, 1:52; 152 — Emilio Chavez, Mead major dec. Joe Szymanski, 15-4; 160 — Benny Hernandez, Holy Family pinned Kyle Johnson, 2:44; 170 — Hunter Branson, Holy Family pinned Wyatt Sears, 1:01; 182 — Benton Daniels, Holy Family won by forfeit; 195 — Aiden Anderson, Mead won by forfeit; 220 — uncontested; 285 — Gretzky Gilman, pinned Jacob Berry, 3:14.