ALAMOSA — Thursday night Alamosa met Monte Vista on the mat in a home dual in which the Moose took all but one match for a 70-6 finish. On their way to victory Alamosa earned five pins, four of which were in the first period.
Monte Vista entered Thursday night with their last action coming on Dec. 16 at the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. The Pirates placed 30th with 40.5 points. Alamosa meanwhile was participating in the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev.
The no. 2 ranked Mean Moose got things going the right away with a bye victory for Alamosa’s Davian Chavez at 106 pounds. From there Alamosa rolled. Elijah DeLaCerda faced Monte Vista’s Carlos Chacon at 113 pounds and a minute and 50 seconds into the first period it was DeLaCerda registering six points for his team with a fall. Kason Smith kept things going when he pinned Nicholas Garcia at 120 pounds.
Joe Chavez had control for much of his match with Damian Cassanova at 126. Chavez got eight near fall points and a takedown before closing the match with a pin.
Decision and technical fall victories from Alamosa’s Tyler Kennison over Pirate Tyler Vigil and Alamosa’s Hunter Smith over Pirate Jesus Vasquez, opened up a 39-0 lead. Kolten Hillis earned a takedown before pinning Monte Vista’s Zach Hindes.
A seesaw match between Andres Mondragon of Alamosa and Ted Pacheco ended with a one-point decision 8-7 final in Alamosa’s favor. Mondragon's victory made for an insurmountable 46-0 lead for the home team.
Ben Vance added to the score total when he added a 12-0 decision over Levi Trujillo. Monte Vista’s Jacob Chavez showed some fight for the Pirates. Chavez registered Monte Vista’s only points of the night with a pin of Daniel Choman in the second minute at 170 pounds.
Alamosa quickly retook the momentum when Austin Trujillo struck like lightning with a 21-second pin of Ethan Hotz at 182 pounds. The night closed with 18 more bye points to the Mean Moose team score courtesy of Zendon Bernal, Logan Thompson and Preston Duran.
Both Alamosa and Monte Vista wrestling squads with begin their holiday breaks, Alamosa will return to the mat Jan. 5 when they travel to New Mexico for the Conflict at Cleveland at Cleveland High School.
Monte Vista will come back on Jan. 6 for the Rocky Mountain Classic in Pagosa Springs. The Classic will feature other valley teams including Center, Centauri, Del Norte, and Sanford.