Steamboat Springs junior Tim Taylor was thrilled to open his season with a pin in Friday night's dual against Rangely, but he was even more pleased just to be back on the mat.
"It felt great," Taylor said. "I think that's what we need right now, to get on the mat and face more competition."
Taylor pinned Rangely's Nick Halcomb in the 160-pound match.
It turned out to be the only match the Sailors would win in their opening dual, but because of forfeits in several weight classes, it was all the Sailors would need.
Taylor's win combined with Rangely forfeits at 130, 135, 140, 145 and heavy weight helped Steamboat secure a 36-30 win Friday evening. But winning isn't everything in the first match of the year.
"I think I pinned him in the second period," Taylor said. "I was trying to go over some of the moves we are learning in the wrestling room. He was a good wrestler, but I think I could have pinned him a little earlier if I had tried a little harder. ... I need to get more experience and more time on the mat."
Sailors coach Jay Muhme also was pleased with the way his team performed in the first match of the year. The coach admits his wrestlers took some lumps in the opener, but that's what this dual is all about.
"I think the biggest thing is that the guys realize that the season is here and it's time to wrestle," Muhme said. "I think they will all agree that they were not ready to wrestle tonight. It still hasn't sunk in that the season is here. That's why I like this dual, because it's a chance to get the jitters out."
Rangley's Stephen Boleng pinned Steamboat's Alejandro Rodriguez at 119, Josh Kissel defeated Houston Mader, 6-0, at 125, Robert Irwin defeated Joe Melius, 14-8, at 171, Travis Lebleu pinned Riley Thompson at 189 and Doug Dembowski pinned Alex Centner at 215.
Muhme said he expects his wrestlers to come out a lot stronger in today's Carl Ramunno Invitational, which begins at 8 a.m. at Steamboat Springs High School.
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