LONGMONT — It was a simple nudge from Holy family football coach Mike Gabriel to a few of his younger guys.
He encouraged them to try wrestling and see what it could do for their speed and endurance.
And what started out as an experiment is slowly beginning to have reap some benefits for first year Tigers coach Nestor Pino.
"There is that will to win and Mitch (Guyot) is one of those kids that comes in every day and works his butt off," Pino said. "He's the first one there to set up the mats, last one to leave, 'yes, coach' and 'no sir'. He does extra and stuff like that shows."
Guyot, a sophomore, doesn't have the sport mastered quite yet, but his raw strength, power and will to win is sometimes all it takes. Thursday night he traded blows with Skyline's Miguel Rueda early on and ultimately won by fall at 1:29.
"The more of those kids we can get, the better. They are showing up and working hard and doing what we ask," said Pino, whose team lost the Tri-Valley League dual to the Falcons 54-30. "Guy has only wrestled for a month, he comes out and gets a win, that makes me happy."
Holy Family did win three of the seven matches that were wrestled. The Tigers leader, Kolsen Welham, didn't break a sweat in his match against Christian Torres. He pinned Torres in 18 seconds.
Connor Jimenez also won his match at 138 pounds for Holy Family.
The first win of the night for Skyline went the way of freshman Antonio Rueda. After being taken down by Holy Family's Cade Carter early on their 195 pound match, Rueda scored a two-point reversal and got Carter on his back for the eventual pinfall at the 1 minute, 46 second mark of the first period.
At 145 pounds, junior Brendan Meuse was in an early struggle against Tigers senior Adam Hamilton. And in much the same fashion as Rueda before him, was down in his match, but was able to turn the tables on his opponent.
He was trailing 3-2, but a reversal was not only good enough to take the lead, but stuck Hamilton and he scored the six-point pinfall at 1:48.
"It's a big change not just to go against the same guy every day (in practice), and we can mix it up," said Meuse, whose team will be at Niwot this weekend for the Gary Daum Invitational. "These guys are all starting to develop their own style and that helps."
The final two matches of the night went even quicker. At 152 pounds, David Finley was on the mat just 44 seconds against Owen Keaser. Angel Perez needed just 48 seconds in his match at 160 pounds against Will Chopyak.
"The best part is that we don't have a single senior on the team, so the future is very bright for us and we should have a good incoming freshman class next year," Terada said. "And the hopefully a few more after that, so we are really trying to build something and I think we are going in the right direction."
Skyline 54, Holy Family 30
106 — Vladyslav Garrett, Skyline won by forfeit; 113 — Emiliano Rea, Skyline won by forfeit; 120 — Ureil Contreras, Skyline won by forfeit; 126 — Katja Klingberg, Skyline won by forfeit; 132 — Austin Sasser, Holy Family won by forfeit; 138 — Connor Jimenez, Holy Family pinned Miguel Rodriguez, 2:39; 145 — Brendan Meuse, Skyline pinned Adam Hamilton, 1:48; 152 — David Finley, Skyline pinned Owen Keaser, :44; 160 — Angel Perez, Skyline pinned Will Chopyak, :48; 170 — Kolsen Welham, Holy Family pinned Christian Torres, :18; 182 — Mitchell Guyot, Holy Family pinned Miguel Rueda, 1:29; 195 — Antonio Rueda, Skyline pinned Cade Carter, 1:46; 220 — Sean Willden, Holy Family won by forfeit. 285 — Ricky Childers, Skyline won by forfeit.