Thursday's triangular provided the Steamboat Springs wrestling team an example of the difference between showing up to wrestle and showing up ready to wrestle, Sailors coach Jay Muhme said.
Steamboat lost to Delta, 24-63, and to Battle Mountain, 18-29, in Thursday's meet, the first competition after an extended vacation from school and practice because of the holidays.
"(Thursday), they figured out we need to step it up," Muhme said. "Coming out and wrestling isn't it. You have to come out and wrestle well."
Conditioning and focus are very important in wrestling, and Muhme said practices were sluggish all week, as Steamboat's wrestlers attempted to get back in shape after the New Year.
Delta and Battle Mountain gave Steamboat all it could handle Thursday night, but Muhme said he was thankful to get two duals in against quality opponents before heading to the Eagle Valley Tournament on Saturday.
"Both teams are tough teams," Muhme said of Delta and Battle Mountain. "They have some strong kids, and they were mentally more ready to wrestle."
In Steamboat's first dual against Delta, the Sailors picked up victories from Walker Hammond and Chris Baumann at 152 and 275 pounds, respectively.
Both pinned their opponents in the first period Thursday. Hammond stuck Tyler Korthius in just 25 seconds, while Baumann muscled his way to a pin of Glen Coungel in just 1 minute, 14 seconds.
Alex Centner (215 pounds) and Dave Gittleson (135 pounds) won by forfeit, giving the Sailors 18 points.
Delta received six points for a forfeit at 103, 112, 140, 160, 171 and 189 pounds. The Panthers then tacked on falls at 119, 125, 130 and 145 pounds.
Gittleson and Daniel Stills wrestled well in exhibition matches for Steamboat, as well.
In Steamboat's second dual of the evening against Battle Mountain, the final score was much closer, as the two teams squared off in some exciting matches.
Rudy Frausto defeated Steamboat's Andy Morell by fall at 119 pounds.
But Treat Romick, in his second match of the year and first meet of the season, came back to pin Julian Quintana in 37 seconds on a move the sophomore used extensively during his middle school years, he said.
Roberto Munoz pinned Steamboat's A.J. Carmack at 130 pounds, and David Trujillo followed that up with a pin of Gittleson, though the two wrestled a tight match until the third period at 135 pounds.
Donald Dillon received a forfeit at 145 before Chris Salazar pinned Hammond with 14 seconds left in the second.
Centner received his second forfeit of the evening at 215, and Baumann was pinned by Cody Stackpole.
Before the break, Muhme said Steamboat's wrestlers were really coming along, and the Sailors would have to regain that form as the competition continues to get tougher toward the end of the season.
On Thursday, many of the Sailors showed signs of taking the next step. But they didn't finish moves -- something that should come with conditioning, practice and experience.
Steamboat returns to the mat Saturday in Gypsum in the 15-team Eagle Valley Tournament. Muhme said this tournament traditionally is tough and pulls many teams from the Eastern Plains.
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