Area Wrestling: Paonia 54, Rifle 22

Feb 1st @ 6:00 am in Local Events, News, People, Public Service, Sports by Scott Staley

Ty Coats, Zach Milner, Jorge Quinonez, Tyler Kendall, Joel Simianer and Tony Darling each had pins to lead the Class 2A No. 1-ranked Eagles in the victory at Colorado Mesa’s Brownson Arena.  Coats avenged a loss from more than a season ago and pinned Hugo Ruelas in 2:41 at 145 pounds.

“I was a little nervous,” Coats said. “Once we got to the second period, I knew it would be a good match. I’ve gotten better on my feet.”

Paonia’s Jesse Reed defeated Oscar Ruelas 7-1 at 120, and Bo Pipher won a 2-0 decision over Isaac Rider in a matchup of two ranked wrestlers at 126.  Rifle had four wins, including pins by Tony Galaviz and Clayton Coombs.