On a day when Casey Haga wrestled his way to a fourth-place finish at the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, his Ignacio High School teammate Alex Peña had perhaps the roughest day of his illustrious career.
After losing just three times in his first two seasons, the junior dropped a pair Saturday against some of the toughest regional interstate competition around at Mesa State College.
Just basically one guy had a lot of stalling, and the ref wasnt calling stalling, and the second one, the guy outworked us, IHS head coach Bob Overturf said of Peñas losses.
The 119-pound Peña, a two-time state champion, fell 3-2 to an opponent from Fort Carson before knocking off a challenger from Delta.
In the third match, Cameron Deverick from Grand Junction Central topped the Bobcats standout.
Those are the type of matches Alex needs, especially early, so we can work, Overturf said.
The 145-pound Haga won his quarterfinal match before falling to the reigning Wyoming state champion from Green River in the semifinals. Haga then topped an opponent from Central before bowing out 3-0 in the third-place match against a Roosevelt foe.
It was a tough match, Overturf said. He was working on the outside single (leg takedown), hit the outside single but just didnt finish outside singles.
Colton Wyatt (189 pounds) fell by two points in a match Overturf called a barn burner in his first match of wrestlebacks, and Derrick Naranjo lost by pinfall in his wrestleback opener Saturday.
Our wrestlers know were going in over Christmas break ... and weve gotta go to work, Overturf said.