Competing with an incomplete lineup?
Not a big deal for the Doherty wrestling team.
Despite missing three wrestlers due to injuries and sickness, the Spartans still prevailed in their nonconference dual against Montrose on Friday night — coming back to win 41-33 at the Palmer Ridge gym. They recorded just three losses and forfeited in three weight classes.
Doherty improved to 6-1 in dual matches this season with its only blemish so far a loss to Broomfield.
“They’re wrestling at a top level,” Spartans coach Joshua Galvan said.
The Doherty wrestlers never appeared in distress or panicked, even when they were down 33-17 with four matches left. But Joey Shaw (132), Tyson Beauperthuy (138), Maverick Keigher (145) and Zack Szostak (152) each — in that sequence — earned pins in their respective matches.
Keigher, a senior who’s eyeing a return to the state tournament, entered his match Friday night with some pressure. The Spartans were down 33-29. But it didn’t take long to regain the lead, as Keigher pinned his opponent early in the second round.
Did he feel the pressure? Not really.
“It was in the back of my mind,” he said, “but I was focused on my match… You never know what could happen, but we always felt that we could win.”
Szostak then secured the team victory with a first-round pin.
To help round out the final score, Siandre Agaali’I earned a pin in his 220-pound match and both Jack Mann (160) and Keaton Adams (195) won with major decisions. At 120, Jayse Bouillion came away with a 13-11 win.
Doherty is coming off a historic season, in which the Spartans won their first league title since 2004. They believe they can keep that momentum going.
“These guys been training, really, for the last three years,” Galvan said. “They worked their butts off in the offseason and summer time. Most of them are coming in with 50, 60 matches from the last offseason. They know how to work hard, even when we don't have quite a full team, to get those extra bonus points and pins.”
Palmer Ridge pulled out of Friday’s dual matches as some of its wrestlers need time to transition from the football season.