BAYFIELD - The Wolverines piled up the pin points.
But the Pirates piled up the match points.
The Pagosa Springs High School wrestling team, winning eight of the 14 weight classes, held on for a noisy 36-30 dual
victory over Bayfield on Thursday night before a festive Parent Appreciation Night crowd at the BHS gym.
The Wolverines kept the dual tight to the final match when they recorded pinfalls in all five of their match wins.
Sonny Salazar (103 pounds), Josh McKnight (130), Taylor Swanemyr (145), Aaron Velasquez (152) and Tanner McGhehey
(171) all won by pin in the Intermountain League dual.
I just wanted to get out there and get a win," Swanemyr said. I wanted to get a six-point win (by pin) to help our
The BHS senior, after building an 11-0 lead in the first period, pinned freshman Koby Close of Pagosa Springs midway
through the second period.
Teammate Salazar, a BHS sophomore, also scored a second-period pin when he stopped Haylen Meade with 31 seconds to go
in the period. He was leading 10-4 at the time, courtesy of five early takedowns.
McKnight, another BHS sophomore, pinned Dane Murdock of Pagosa Springs with a minute remaining in the third period of
their match. He was leading 18-6 at the time of the fall.
Velasquez, also a BHS sophomore and a state qualifier last year, completed his match against Ryan Hamilton of Pagosa
Springs with a pin late in the second period after building a 9-2 lead.
McGhehey, a junior, shut out Ty Lovato 9-0 before pinning the Pagosa wrestler with 51 seconds to go in the second
Tanner is a good little wrestler," BHS head coach Herb Stinson said. But he's so small (for his 171-pound weight
class). He goes out there and does a good job, even though he gives up a lot of weight."
Stinson said the Wolverines who won did an excellent job completing their pins against Pagosa Springs.
All I ask is that the kids compete. And that's what they did (Thursday night)," Stinson said. I'm not sure that's
the smartest we've wrestled this year, but we did compete."
The Wolverines lost a number of close decisions, including Alex Araujo's 10-5 loss to Clint Manzanares at 189 pounds.
Freshman Matthew Eckstein of Bayfield lost 8-1 to Preston Sandoval in the heavyweight bout.
Senior Brenden Harrison, in a matchup against Waylon Lucero, lost 8-3 at 160 pounds.
Senior Justin Shupe lost a 20-13 decision to Will Appenzeller of the Pirates at 140 pounds.
Sophomore Michael Dupree (135) lost by pin to Dakota Miller of Pagosa Springs.
BHS freshman Joe Zink fell 10-4 to Andrew Clark in the 125-pound match.
Fellow freshman Drake Rhodes lost by third-period pin to Dalton Gregory of Pagosa Springs at 112 pounds.
Austin Shupe, a freshman, lost 14-7 to EJ Romero of the Pirates (119).
You can live and die by the fall," Stinson said after the final home dual match of the season.
But we had kids who battled and didn't give up out there," the BHS coach said.
Earlier this season, the Pirates beat the Wolverines by 20 points in a team dual.
Improvement you can measure it in small amounts," Stinson said.
The biggest thing that we're working on is to complete moves finish. We're working on finish, finish, finish."
The Wolverines, with the regular season finished, will take aim at the Class 3A Regionals in Trinidad on Feb. 12-13.
Now we go to Trinidad and try to qualify for the next one," Swanemyr said of the upcoming Regionals that determine
the qualifiers for the Class 3A State Wrestling Championships, which will be held Feb. 18-20 at the Pepsi Center in
The Bayfield High School varsity wrestling team honored the parents during Thursday night's match against Pagosa
Springs with special recognition for the BHS senior parents - Ray and Rebecca Shupe, Rick and Denise Swanemyr, Drayton and Trish Harrison, Mike and Lin Araujo and Glen and Maxeen Tinnin, the host parents for foreign exchange