ALAMOSA, Colo. -- The Adams State University Grizzlies wrestled for the first time at home this season Thursday night facing Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Western State. The Grizzlies wrestled five duals in three days last week, going 2-3 against some stiff competition. Juniors Jerry Huff (Broomfield, Colo.) and seventh-ranked Ryan Fillingame (Victorville, Calif.) led the Grizzlies over the weekend, with Huff posting a perfect 4-0 record at the Nebraska-Kearney duals. Fillingame was also perfect at the Nebraska-Kearney duals and also accumulated a dual win last Thursday at Fort Hays State.
Things got underway at 184 pounds with ASU's Mario Garcia (Pueblo, Colo.) falling in a major decision to Kyle Piatt (Olathe, Colo.) of Western State, 12-3. Garcia is now 3-12, 0-6 in duals.
The Grizzlies forfeited the 197-pound match, which made the score 10-0 in Western's favor.
One of the more exciting matches of the evening came next at 285 pounds and featured Adams State's Taylor Stam(Parker, Colo.) versus Kyle Graulus (Fort Morgan, Colo.). Neither wrestler was able to gain an advantage throughout the opening period, and the match went into the period with no score. Stam was able to score one point in the second to take a 1-0 advantage until Graulus tied it in the third. The regulation time would expire with score deadlocked at one. The sudden victory period would not be enough to decide the match, but Stam would eventually close out the victory in the first tie-breaker period with a final score of 2-1. Stam improved to 6-10, 3-4 in duals on the year.
Stam's victory marked the first of seven in a row for the Grizzlies, who were in control of the team score for the rest of the night.
Huff was in control throughout the entire 125-pound match, defeating Dustin Stiegemeyer (Austin, Texas) with a solid 7-2 decision. Huff improved to an impressive 16-4, 5-0 in duals on the season.
Grizzly freshman Martin Ramirez (Elk Grove, Calif.) dominated the 133-pound weight class with a convincing 12-3 major decision. Ramirez, now 16-10, 4-3 in duals, has steadily been improving over the season and is becoming a force for the Grizzlies to compliment an already strong arsenal of light and middle-weight wrestlers.
Fillingame would score a 6-3 decision at 141 pounds to push his record to 19-5 and a perfect 6-0 in duals. Fillingame's 19 wins are tied for the team lead.
ASU would get two falls in the 149 and 157 pound matches, with ASU's Max Ortega (Rio Rancho, N.M.) making short work of Brandon Montoya (Johnstown, Colo.) at 149 pounds, pinning him in 1:17. The Grizzlies' Daniel Kelly would go on to pin Andy Fontenot (Houston, Texas) in 4:28 to bring the score to 25-10 and out of the Mountaineers' reach. Ortega improved to 11-5, 3-0 in duals, while Kelly won his team-leading 19th match of the season. Kelly is 6-1 in duals on the season.
Adams State junior Justin Samora (Cortez, Colo.) won at the 165-pound weight class, scoring a major-decision to push his record to 15-11, 5-2 which set up a showdown between ASU's Jarrod Purvis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and No. 2 Elliot Copeland (Bennett, Colo.) in the final match of the night at 174 pounds.
The 174-pound matchup was close throughout, with Purvis trailing 4-7 after the opening period. Purvis would score a takedown in period two, but Copeland's two escapes would keep the margin at three points after two periods. Purvis would score an escape early into the third period and then got a takedown to tie the match at nine with twenty seconds left, but Copeland would escape from Purvis 10 seconds later and Purvis ended up falling for just the sixth time this season, 10-9. Purvis now stands at 14-6, 5-2.
The Grizzlies 29-13 victory helped them improve to 4-3, 2-1 in RMAC duals on the season and will travel to Golden, Colo. for the Rocky Mountain Open this Saturday. They will next wrestle at home on Feb. 1 in RMAC action against Chadron State.
184 Kyle Piatt (WSC) maj. dec. Mario Garcia (ASU), 3-12 4 0
Garcia is now 3-12, 0-6 in duals.
197 Sam Mangum (WSC) wins by forfeit 10 0
285 Taylor Stam (ASU) dec. Kyle Graulus (WSC), 2-1 (TB-1) 10 3
Stam is now 6-10, 3-4 in duals.
125 Jerry Huff (ASU) dec. Dustin Stiegemeyer (WSC), 7-2 10 6
Huff is now 16-4, 5-0 in duals.
133 Martin Ramirez (ASU) maj. dec. CJ York (WSC), 12-3 10 10
Ramirez is now 16-10, 4-3 in duals.
141 #7 Ryan Fillingame dec. Cody Cole (WSC), 6-3 10 13
Fillingame is now 19-5, 6-0 in duals.
149 Max Ortega (ASU) def. Brandon Montoya (WSC), Fall (1:17) 10 19
Ortega is now 11-5, 3-0 in duals.
157 Daniel Kelly (ASU) def. Andy Fontenot (WSC), Fall (4:28) 10 25
Kelly is now 19-7, 6-1 in duals.
165 Justin Samora (ASU) maj. dec. Austin Harris (WSC), 8-0 10 29
Samora is now 15-11, 5-2 in duals.
174 #2 Patrick Martinez (WSC) dec. Jarrod Purvis (ASU), 10-9 13 29
Purvis is now 14-5, 5-1 in duals.