PCHS wrestlers take down Telos
January 15, 2014
Only two members of this year’s Park City High School wrestling team had previous wrestling experience.
But, that lack of mat time hasn’t stopped the Miners from putting together a promising season thus far.
Wrestling at home on Monday night against Telos, Park City turned in a strong performance, picking up the dual-meet victory by a score of 39-14.
With junior captain Josh Pelegrin leading the way, the Miners had some impressive individual efforts.
Park City assistant coach Tony Pelegrin said the 152-pounder has been setting the tone for the Miners all year.
"Josh is probably our best wrestler," he said. "Their guy was pretty strong a stocky guy. That’s probably what we’re going to have to work with [Josh] on just to find some extra moves to finish off a player once he gets them down. He’s quick with his takedowns, but once he gets them down, especially with the strong players like that, he’s having a bit of trouble."
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The rest of the team is starting to get the hang of the sport, as well, Pelegrin added.
"Most of our players are first-year," he said. "This team that we’re up against, I don’t think a lot of their kids had experience, either. It was good experience for us to work with someone at our level. A lot of the kids have been working [at] higher [weights] than they should be working at."
But, despite the tough opponents Park City has faced, the improvement is quite evident.
"They’re all getting better," Pelegrin said. "Some of them are just having a little bit of trouble with defining the technique that actually would help them control their opponent a little bit better."
One of the biggest bright spots in Monday’s match against Telos was 182-pounder Colin Horne. Telos didn’t have a 182-pound wrestler, and Park City didn’t have a 195-pound wrestler, so Horne and Telos’s 195-pounder squared off for some extra practice after both earned a forfeit victory in their weight classes.
Horne made short work of the larger opponent, pinning the Telos wrestler in the first round.
"He’s done really well lately," Pelegrin said. "I’m hoping for some good things from him. If he can keep up with his conditioning, it looks like he’s getting a lot better."
Moving forward, Pelegrin said he’ll continue working with his team on control.
"The big thing will continue to be hand control and control of the person," he said. "Our takedowns look like they’re doing pretty well, but there will definitely be some things from the film we can learn from."
The Miners will be back in action on Saturday at the Milford Tournament of Champions. Then, they’ll take on Morgan in a dual meet at Morgan High School on Jan. 21. The region tournament will be held on Jan. 30 at Union High School.
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