Wrestling has strong start to 2021 season

Eaton battles Brush, University, Wray, and Poudre

Emily Hogsett, News Editor

Eaton wrestling battled Brush High School for a stellar team win of 60-18.  The Reds followed their win over Brush with duals against University, Wray, and Poudre the next day.  Eaton won their duals against all three of their opponents.  Two weeks ago Eaton battled Wray and Cheyenne Mountain high school.  

Eaton brought home the 2020 wrestling 2A State Championship last year.  Head Coach Tony Mustari hopes to bring home another championship this year.  “It will be harder this year, but I think, with the team we have, that it could easily happen,” Mustari said.

Against Brush, Zach Lampe (21), Cade Mawson (21), Alex Castaneda (22), and Morgan Tribbett (23) won their matches by pin.  Lampe pinned his opponent, Brendan Strand, 31 seconds into the first round earning the team six points.  

Lampe’s biggest motivation is“qualifying for state and my grandpa.” His advice to younger wrestlers is “don’t skip reps.” 

Tanner True (21), Kris Sabatino (22), and Ryan Dirksen (22) beat their opponent by points against Brush.  

At the University Quad, True, Tribbett, and Castaneda won all three of their matches.  Preston Smith (24) won two of his matches as the Reds battled the three teams.  

The Reds battled Wiggins Friday, Feb. 12 followed by the Pine Creek Quad Saturday, Feb. 13.  

Wrestling is more than just working to pin an opponent and earn team points.  There are life lessons embedded into wrestling.  Coach Mustari gives the example of “The discipline this sport makes you have.  With maintaining weight, making sure your grades and everything are good, making sure you’re eating right, taking care of your body, doing the right things on and off the mat.  Just the whole discipline aspect of it I think can teach a bunch of life lessons for these guys.”