Wrestlers get back to the mats

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— For Sailors wrestling fans, good things might come to those who wait Thursday night.

In the Sailors' first competition since the winter break, the most anticipated matchup could be in the heavy weight division where Steamboat's Will Zimmerer takes on Battle Mountain's Cody Stackpole.

For their first home dual meet of the year, the Sailors will face the Huskies, a team coach Jason Dutton said faces similar problems as Steamboat.

"I think it should be a pretty good dual," the Battle Mountain coach said. "We're down in numbers, have quite a few sophomores and freshmen on the team who do pretty well for the age difference. Steamboat (is in the) same situation."

Dutton said he is expecting to take a team with three or four holes in a lineup that is low on upper weights. Since the start of the season, Steamboat has been wrestling with a six-man team.

Despite the lack of numbers, a tough match is expected between Stackpole, who won the Steamboat Tournament in December, and Zimmerer, who took a third in the same early season tournament. Stackpole went on to place fifth at the Warrior Classic Tournament, a competition that Dutton said is one of the toughest tournaments in the state.

Although Stackpole has been wrestling in both the 215-pound weight class and the heavyweight division, Dutton said his top finishes have come at heavyweight.

Zimmerer has also performed well in tournament competition at heavyweight, taking two seconds this season one in the Olathe Tournament and the other in the West Grand Tournament.

Although the Huskies came to the 16-team Steamboat Tournament, none of the wrestlers matched up with Sailors. But Thursday night could see three other matches between the Sailors and the Huskies.

Steamboat's Dave Gittleson, who has been wrestling at 119 pounds, will most likely face one of the Huskies' top wrestlers, Adam Garcia. In the Steamboat Tournament, Garcia took a second place when he wrestled at 125 pounds.

Other matchups could come at the 125-pound weight class, where the Sailors' Justin O'Leary has been wrestling, and at 130 pounds, which the Sailors have filled with Gary Rule.

Because of holes in the upper weight classes and injuries, the Huskies might not have anyone to wrestle against the Sailors' 160-pounder, Matt Lakin, and 171-pounder, Wes Adams.

One of the most talented wrestlers for the Huskies will not see any action Thursday night. The Huskies' 103-pound Beau Chadwick remains undefeated and will continue his 11-match winning streak as he will go into the Sailors' match uncontested.

The Sailors' first of two home dual meets begins at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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