Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team got caught in the numbers game in its dual against Rangely on Friday.
The Sailors could field wrestlers in only four of the 14 possible weight classifications, while Rangely was able to fill 10.
Rangely took advantage of all those Steamboat forfeits and cruised to a 53-6 win.
Despite the loss, Sailors coach Sean McCarthy applauded his wrestlers' efforts.
"It's a good gauge for where we are," McCarthy said. "We need to be in better shape and finish better. Those will be our coaching points from here out."
Steamboat planned to field five wrestlers for the dual, but that number dropped to four after Houston Mader injured his shoulder earlier in the week and was unable to wrestle. Mader said he expects to be back later in the season.
Of the four matches, only Ben DeLine emerged victorious for the Sailors. DeLine, wrestling at 152 pounds, fell behind early in the first period to Rangely's Keane Raley. After scoring a reverse at the end of the first period, DeLine pulled to within 2-1. DeLine eventually gained the advantage and pinned Raley 1 minute and 20 seconds into the second period.
"With Ben it's always a feeling out process," McCarthy said. "Very often the first to score wins, but not with him. He'll fall behind, but he wins 90 percent of the time, so I knew what to expect."
In the other three matches, Steamboat fell victim to unfortunate circumstances. Steamboat's Derek Morris wrestled up a weight class at 125 pounds and was pinned by Stephen Boleng 1:51 into the first period. In the 145-pound classification, A.J. Carmack entered the third period of his match trailing Rangely's Ryan Cramer 19-7. Carmack was able to get Cramer on his back with 15 seconds remaining in the match, but time ran out before he could execute a pin.
In the 171-pound classification, freshman Cody Harris squared off against Rangely's Nick Holcomb. Harris missed several scoring opportunities before falling, 12-4.
"It's a good start," McCarthy said. "We had two kids get pinned and one lose by points, but we were easily in all of those matches."
The dual kicked off a big weekend for local wrestlers. The Carl Ramunno Invitational begins today at 9 a.m. with Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco among the eight teams competing. On Sunday, the Steamboat Springs peewee wrestling tournament starts at 9 a.m. Both tournaments are at the high school.