With a little more than a week left in the season Montrose is starting to pick up some steam by defeating the Olathe Pirates (52-12) and Durango (60-20)
With those wins that would lead Montrose to a record (11-7) after beating Durango(twice),Delta, Olathe, Central, Battle Mountain, Paonia, and a few smaller schools, and losing to Fruita (twice), Central, Palisade(twice), Pueblo County, and CheyenneMountain.
With some new faces showing up to regionals Freshman’s Kolten Cohick, Cooper Brady, and Austin Zimmer get to get their first experience wrestling in a high school regionals/tournament.
“It will be more intense than a tournament that I am used to, I’ll still be excited but still be a little nervous because I know it’s going to be tough,”Cohick said.
In a very different year freshman wrestlers aren’t going to be able to develop into what they have the potential to be since the season is a lot shorter than usual. They have to work harder just to keep up with seniors in other counties .
“As an individual my hopes are always to get as far as possible as in going or possibly winning state,” Cohick said.
For seniors this will be the last week for them to leave it on the mat for duals as this will be many seniors like Raul Martinez, Joshua Simpson, Brandon Van Nooten, and Jake Green’s last time wrestling at home for Montrose as we will be traveling to Pueblo West for regionals.
“It’s sad that I won’t be able to do it again. However, I got a sense of closure from the thought that high school sports ending means moving onto bigger things in life,” Jake Green said.
Wrestling itself isn’t just an individual sport, wrestlers are going to have to fight for their teammates as well, as the top 2 placing individuals in each of the 4 regions will get to go as team wise and in order to win state we are going to need a lot to be able to go to state as a team and take it all.
“We have a couple high ranked individuals, also people who did really well in state last year, I think that will bring confidence and it maybe even add to our success as a team this year,” Green said.
With the season over, Montrose and a bunch of other teams will have to compete for their spot at state, with regionals being this weekend the wrestlers are going to have to leave it all on the mat as they fight for their right to go to state.