LONGMONT — All Jacob Terada needed was the bodies.
After that everything would slowly start to fall in to place for him and his Skyline Falcons wrestling team.
His roster isn't 100 percent healthy just yet, but on Thursday night against Holy Family in a Tri-Valley League dual, he nearly filled up a roster for the first time in a long time.
"Today you finally saw would we feel like we could really have," said Terada, after his team posted a 54-30 victory over the Tigers. "We still have a few guys that are recovering and would have had a full line-up if not for that, but we have a full team and it showed on the scoreboard."
And the good thing for the Falcons ... not a single senior. It's only going to get better.
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."
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.
Several Holy Family football players were encouraged to try wrestling by coach Mike Gabriel and while a couple of the guys were clearly green in December, the work is slowly starting to show.
Sophomore Mitchell Guyot doesn't have the sport mastered quite yet, but his raw strength, power and will to win is sometimes all it takes. 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," Tigers coach Nestor Pino said. "Guy has only wrestled for a month, he comes out and gets a win, that makes me happy."
Connor Jimenez also won his match at 138 pounds for Holy Family.
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.