Picture this: Grant and Hunter Willits share a strong bond en route to multiple state titles09 Feb 2017
BY NICK JURNEY THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
Family game night at the Willits house isn’t always pretty. Unlike on the wrestling mat, things don’t always work out in favor of Pueblo County High School senior Hunter Willits.Or for his twin brother Grant.The wonder twins, with a combined five Class 4A state championships, are mortal when it comes to board games.The twins’ parents, Rick and Bonnie Willits, agree that Hunter’s competitive nature is what makes him — and in turn, his brother — such a dominant force in the sport of wrestling.It’s also what makes playing a simple game of Yahtzee so difficult.“One thing we can hardly do is play a board game,” Rick Willits said. “Hunter is probably the angriest board game player you’ve ever seen. If you roll something better than him, he thinks there’s dice fixed in your favor and he wants to check them. We’ve seen a lot of that.”The 18-year-old twins hate to lose. That’s part of the reason why they’ve done so little of it during their wrestling careers.
Hunter became Pueblo’s first ever three-time state champion, winning Class 4A titles at 132 pounds as a freshman, 138 as a sophomore and 152 last season. This year he has a chance to become just the 20th wrestler in Colorado history to win four state titles. Grant Willits is a two-time Class 4A champion — winning titles at 106 pounds as a freshman and 126 last year. Had it not been for a weigh-in mishap at the state tournament as a sophomore, he likely would be gunning for a fourth state title.They helped Pueblo County win the school’s first boys state team title last year and lead the charge for a top-ranked Hornets squad that appears primed to repeat. Both are ranked nationally by well-known wrestling websites. Hunter Willits is ranked No. 8 at 152 pounds by FloWrestling and No. 10 by InterMat, while Grant Willits is ranked 10th and 13th, respectively. Both committed to Division I Oregon State University next year, and both plan to major in engineering.