By Jon E. Yunt, BoCoPreps.com Writer
NIWOT — It takes a lot to get Keegan Bean flustered. The Lyons senior has been unflappable on the mat over the last few season, and that has been a big key to his success. In the waning moments of his 182 pound championship match against Erie's Zach Roper at the Gary Daum Classic at Niwot, that changed a little bit. A contentious final 15 seconds where both sides were grumbling about the tactics of the other saw tempers boil over, words exchanged and guys having to be held back from doing something they might regret. "It was my mistake," said Bean, who — when the dust settled — claimed a 15-11 decision over Roper for the title. "I got a little too riled up and I should have paid more attention to winning instead of everything else going on." It was just another notch in the belt for Bean, who is quietly going about his business on the six-man Lions squad. After Saturday, Bean's record stands at 14-0. It was a well earned medal hanging around Bean's neck too. In the semifinals, he was pushed the entire six minutes by Boulder's Liam Henderson before holding on to a 10-9 win.
"It's been a long day," Bean said. "My coaches have been working me hard al week and I have been working hard outside of the wrestling room, so I was in shape and I was ready." Bean got off to a quick start in the championship match, up 8-2 courtesy of six near fall points and a takedown. Roper cut that lead to 10-9 after the second period.
Bean got the separation he needed in the final 45 seconds, scoring a critical reversal and three more near fall points to make the difference."I feel good about where I am at record-wise and skill-wise," said Bean, who avenged a loss in the finals at Gary Daum last year. "I'll be working hard up until February 18 (state finals) because that is where it all comes in to play."Longmont welcomed back sophomore Drake Engelking, who missed all of December while recovering from an injury suffered in practice.He looked like he hadn't skipped a beat, and rolled to an impressive 10-2 finals victory over Elizabeth's Abe Leonard at 160 pounds."It's good and bad (to be starting now). It would be great to start off the season fresh and 100 percent, but it is getting there," said Engelking, who took the mat shortly after teammate Nathan Morris pinned Erie's Quintin Hyrup in the 152-pound final."I'm not 100 percent yet, but it'll get there. It feels good wrestling and it'll be good by February."
Silver Creek claimed two titles on Saturday. Sawyer Novara won his third title at the tournament with a first period pin of Platte Valley's Colton Orcutt at 113 pounds and heavyweight Jacob Williams capped the festivities with a n 8-5 decision of Boulder's Edgar Caranza.
Niwot's Tommy Stager, en route to earning his first Gary Daum title and the tournament Most Outstanding wrestler, made quick work of Monarch's Hunter Pape. He scored four takedowns before he won by pinfall at 1:38 of the first period.Skyline's Uriel Contreras entered the tournament with a flawless 11-0 record at 126 pounds. In the final he got caught by Highlands Ranch's Jake Kellogg on the side of the mat and was pinned at the 2:49 mark.""I still feel good and that was a tough task for me, but I feel like I got a little too comfortable in that match," Contreras said. "Next time I just need to be more careful instead of just sitting there and doing nothing."
Frederick's Jake Longstreth had things going his way in the 195-pound final up 4-1 against Platte Valley's Jeremiah Land, but the Broncos senior turned the tables and pinned him in the second period. Team-wise, it was another banner day for the Erie Tigers. Coach Steven Gratton's crew sent five to the finals and cashed in at 138 pounds with Ernie Quintana. "We really came together as a team this year and I think it is all mental at this point and we've finally figured it out what we need to do to be successful," said Quintana, whose team finished in second place with 184 points, nine points behind Platte Valley (193). "And that is constantly being accountable for each other and just pushing in practice every day and coming out to the mats and showing what we are made of."
GARY DAUM CLASSIC - Team scores — Platte Valley 193, Erie 184, Northglenn 140, Monarch 120, Longmont 118.5, Elizabeth 109, Frederick 103, Highlands Ranch 90, Silver Creek 85.5, Lewis-Palmer 81, Niwot 70, Skyline 67, Boulder 62, Holyoke 38.5, Lyons 30, Holy Family 20.
106 — Tanner Hunt, Lewis-Palmer pinned Ricky Nava, Northglenn, 3:54.
113 — Sawyer Novara, Silver Creek pinned Colton Orcutt, Platte Valley, 1:15.
120 — Varrion Ciddio, Platte Valley dec. Adam Evertz, Erie, 11-6.
126 — Jake Kellogg, Highlands Ranch pinned Uriel Contreras, Skyline, 2:49.
132 — Dylan Yancey, Platte Valley, pinned Adrian Rincon, Erie, 3:28.
138 — Ernie Quintana, Erie pinned Adrian Rodriguez, 3:01.
145 — Tommy Stager, Niwot pinned Hunter Pape, Monarch, 1:38.
152 — Nathan Morris, Longmont pinned Quintin Hyrup, Erie, 1:42.
160 — Drake Engelking, Longmont major dec. Abe Leonard, Elizabeth, 10-2.
170 — Ryan Hansonm Highlands Ranch pinned Masen Povich, Longmont, 3:25.
182 — Keegan Bean, Lyons dec. Zach Roper, Erie, 15-22.
195 — Jeremiah Land, Platte Valley pinned Jake Longstreth, Frederick, 2:24.
220 — Dominic Palacio, Northglenn pinned Roberto Lara, Platte Valley, 1:19.
285 — Jacob Williams, Silver Creek dec. Edgar Caranza, Boulder, 8-5.
106 — Zach Hacker, Monarch dec. Kris Kramer, Elizabeth, 6-4 (OT).
113 — Cruz Jimenez, Frederick major dec. Will Erzen, Elizabeth, 13-2.
120 — Alex Scott, Monarch pinned Cole Stephenson, Lewis-Palmer, 2:36.
126 — Sean Tyler Curell, Erie pinned Cole Hoffman, Frederick, 3:57.
132 — Brayden Engelking, Longmont dec. Jonah Sanders, Frederick, 6-2.
138 — Dennon Parks, Highlands Ranch dec. Dylan Bonge, Niwot, 10-4.
145 — Victor Rangel, Frederick dec. Steven Marics, Boulder, 13-11 (OT).
152 — David Peter, Monarch dec. Tanner Eshleman, Silver Creek, 5-3 (OT).
160 — Chance Falk, Platte Valley pinned Alan Ferrera, Monarch, 4:20.
170 — Angel Perez, Skyline major dec. Wyatt Reisner, Platte Valley, 13-4.
182 — Liam Henderson, Boulder pinned Domenic Policaro, Longmont, 2:01.
195 — Justin Powers, Monarch pinned Antoni Martinez, Holyoke, 4:15.
220 — Alex Ortiz, Skyline pinned Michael Castro, Frederick, :47.
285 — Nick Mussenden, Northglenn pinned Andrew Edwards, Holy Family, 1:43.