Hayden Jay Whaley still remembers the days when Hayden vs. Soroco wrestling duals took place twice a year and filled the gyms both times, in Oak Creek and in Hayden.
“I hate losing to Hayden,” the Soroco wrestling coach said Friday with a grin that said “rivalry” more than “disgust.”
He didn’t have much choice Friday. The Tigers ran away with their head-to-head matchup thanks in part to Soroco’s forfeitures in eight weight classes.
When the Tigers and the Rams did meet up in weights, however, that same intensity that used to fill gyms boiled over again in a series of intense matches.
It was the Tigers' night, however, and they ruled in their own roost, beating Soroco, 43-9, and Glenwood Springs in an equally spirited dual, 42-37.
“We wrestled with heart and attitude,” Hayden coach Chad Jones said. “Our technical wasn’t always there tonight.”
The best match of the night didn’t have an ending that fit.
Soroco’s Colton Martindale pulled a clutch reversal on Hayden’s Tanner Guire in the 126-pound class to open the third period, knotting things at 4-4.
“I just knew I had to score some points,” Martindale said. “You have to find it in you.”
The wrestlers, already dead tired from what became a grueling test, battled for half the final period before Guire gave up a penalty point for grabbing Martindale’s headgear with 45 seconds remaining. Guire tried desperately to escape and earn the point back but couldn’t and the score stood.
“That was a fun one,” Whaley said. “You never like to win one on penalty points. That match could go either way in the future.”
Soroco also got a good night from Lane Martindale in the 106-pound class. He won his match against Glenwood Springs with a pin, then wrestled Hayden’s Tyler Hockaday hard, falling eventually in a topsy-turvy match, 10-5.
Colton Martindale also picked up a win via pin against Glenwood, a dual that the Demons won, 60-18, thanks in part to nine forfeits.
Hayden, meanwhile, got wins at 182 pounds where Taylor Lewis pinned Cody Constine, and 138 when Tyler Paxton pinned Issac Jonas.
Tigers top Glenwood
Hayden and Glenwood matched up for the best dual of the night, and it came down to the very end, where 170-pound Hayden freshman Christian Carson pulled out a second-period pin of Glenwood’s Edgar Carabajal to give the Tigers the advantage.
Hayden got pins from Guire at 126, Kent Miller at 145 and Tommy Wade at 152 to get the edge.
“I was really impressed with Christian. He’s wrestling top notch,” Jones said. “We were always in the matches, but we did make some decisions that weren’t beneficial.”
Glenwood won matches with Larry Flores at 120 pounds, a 14-3 decision against Hayden’s Tyler Boyer; Irvin Pallares at 132, a injury forfeit by Tate Monteith in what was a 7-7 match in the third period; Myles Wilson at 138 pounds, who pinned Tyler Paxton; and Justin Barham, who beat Journey Vreeman in a gritty 5-1 decision.
Part of the difference came down to Hayden’s wins coming via pin and Glenwood’s via points.
All three teams head Saturday to compete at a tournament in Steamboat Springs.
“You can’t give up those extra points,” Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook. “If we don’t get pinned in a couple matches, it could be the other way, but Hayden’s a tough team and they kept coming at us.”