Boys Varsity Wrestling · Wrestling: Tigers take advantage of short-handed Warriors

LAFAYETTE — Holy Family wrestling coaches and athletes knew it was going to be a quick night at Centaurus on Thursday.

The host Warriors only had four wrestlers on their squad, but the Tigers — all 12 varsity guys on this night — went through the motions by getting out on the mat and warming up and getting ready just like any other full dual.

A win is a win, even if their are eight forfeits. And for Jason Pedigo and his growing program, a 3-2 record after five duals this season is something he will gladly take.

“There are a lot of emotions running through me right now. Happy we got the win but frustrated that we walked in and nothing was ready,” said Pedigo, whose team had to wait and extra half hour after the original start time of the match because nothing was ready to go. “I don’t ever like winning like that, but it’s a win.”

Pedigo used it as another chance for his guys to learn and get out on the mat. He had to talk the Warriors coach into moving one of his guys up a weight class, just so their could be four matches. And by doing so, he gave first-year wrestler freshman Dustin Pedro another chance to sharpen his skills.

Pedro, who in his first varsity match last week recorded a nine second pinfall against Northridge, drew the Warriors Vadim Jones on Tuesday, The Warriors first year wrestler, took a 4-3 lead to the second period and ultimately pinned Pedro at 3:11.

“The more mat time, the better,” Pedigo said. He’s still learning and things aren’t clicking yet, but they will here shortly and we look forward to everybody growing and being a better wrestler.”

The only other Tigers to wrestle on Thursday night were the McCarthy triplets. Matt and Evan will have bragging rights over Nick at the dinner table until at least Saturday, when the head to Fort Morgan for their Saturday dual tournament.

Matt McCarthy had his way with Nicholas Copana at 120 pounds. The Tigers lone returning state qualifier was up 14-2 in the second period before he earned his team six points with a fall at 3:29.

Evan McCarthy also scored a second period pin at 2:51 over Jack Parana at 138 pounds.

Nick, who bumped up tot 152 pounds this season, never found his footing against Gigi Bakradze was pinned at the 3:38 mark.

The Tigers head to Fort Morgan on Saturday and will be joined by Thompson Valley and Greeley West in the quadrangular event. It will be a huge test for the Tigers, but Pedigo is confident his young team will compete well.

“I’m very excited about it and the better the competition, the better we will do,” he said. “The guys are excited for it and are looking forward to a great weekend. All we can really ask for is for them to go out there and wrestle hard.”


At Centaurus

106 pounds — Brayden Bach, HF won by forfeit; 113 — uncontested; 120 — Matt McCarthy, HF pinned Nicholas Copana, 3:29; 126 — Logan Erickson, HF won by forfeit; 132 — Dom Gabriel, HF, won by forfeit; 138 — Evan McCarthy, HF, pinned Jack Parana, 2:51; 145 — Vadim Jones, C pinned Dustin Pedro, 3:11; 152 — Gigi Bakradze, C pinned Nick McCarthy, 3:38; 160 — Xander Brandenburg, HF won by forfeit; 170 — Justin Trostel, HF won by forfeit; 182 — Vicente Lopez, HF won by forfeit; 195 — Blake Neece, HF won by forfeit; 220 — Abram Moore, HF won by forfeit; 285 — uncontested.