Poudre takesdown Rocky Mtn 57 - 1627 Jan 2017
By Tom Blair - ICW Staff
The Poudre versus Rocky Mountain is not your typical dual as it is a cross- town rival and would determine the city-wide champion with bragging rights for the next full year. As the teams were getting ready for the dual being hosted at the gym at Rocky Mountain, the Poudre fans were filling the stands and had a 2 – 1 advance over the Rocky Mountain fans at their home site. Poudre which is ranked #4 in 5A has 9 wrestlers ranked in the top 12 spots by ON the Mat Ranking by Tim Yount and Rocky Mountain setting just outside the top ten also have 9 wrestlers ranked.
With two mats covering the gym floor the crowd will see both the varsity and the JV teams doing battle at the same time with plenty of action to watch. Even thru both teams have an equal number of ranked wrestlers Rocky Mtn. was without their top ranked wrestlers Gunnar Anderson at 132 lbs and Tate Martinez at 145 lbs. The dual started at the 145 lb weight classes with both teams switching up their lineup, Rocky Mtn. Trey Hardy would jump up to take on Sam Willkomm. Hardy got taken down in the first period for the only points going into the third period. Willkomm would take the top position in the third and turn Hardy for the pin at the 4:39 mark of the match. Rocky Mtn. would come back at 152 with a pin of their own with only 10 seconds to go in the match by Josh Betts over Derron Lennon.
Poudre would take the next six matches with four pins, 170 lbs James Campbell,195 lbs Cole Young, 220 lbs Weston Mayer, 285 lbs Keegan Rocha and two decision by 160 lbs Peter Knott and 182 lbs Malachai Garcia. This would give Poudre a 30 – 6 lead after eight matches. The 106 lb weight class had the most points scored on a match during the meet as # 7 – 5A ranked Evan Shell, Rocky Mtn. had full control over Dean Noble and won 19 – 6. Rocky Mtn. Christian DeHerrera would follow his teammates lead and pinned Walker Hekkendorf to cut into Poudre’s teams lead to 36 – 16.
That would be all the team points that Rocky would get on the night as Poudre again would go on a run of wins in the next 4 matches which was also the strength of their lineup – 120 thru 138 lbs. The sad part was when 2X state champ Jacob Greenwood was forfeited to at 138 lbs for the final match of the night. As Greenwood ran off the mat after getting his hand raised you could tell by the disappointed look in his face that he was looking forward to wrestle a match and put his training / conditioning to use.
Assistance Rocky Mtn Coach Brad Hargreaves said “that the Rocky wrestling team is a young team this year with only two seniors” plus the fact that the team seem not to have showed up to wrestle tonight. This year’s dual win by Poudre was overdue as Rocky has not been beaten in over a decade in the cross-town rival.
106: Evan Shell (ROMO) over Dean Noble (POUD) (MD 19-6) 113: Christian DeHerrera (ROMO) over Walker Hekkendorf (POUD) (Fall 4:25) 120: Alex Alvarez (POUD) over Rider Anderson (ROMO) (Fall 5:39) 126: Job Greenwood (POUD) over Johnny Murphy (ROMO) (Dec 6-1) 132: Brody Lamb (POUD) over Lucas Hefner (ROMO) (Fall 2:26) 138: Jacob Greenwood (POUD) over (ROMO) (For.) 145: Sam Willkomm (POUD) over Trey Hardy (ROMO) (Fall 4:39) 152: Josh Betts (ROMO) over Derron Lennon (POUD) (Fall 5:50) 160: Peter Knott (POUD) over Matt Maguire (ROMO) (Dec 4-2) 170: James Campbell (POUD) over Steven Doyle (ROMO) (Fall 1:43) 182: Malachai Garcia (POUD) over Alec Hargreaves (ROMO) (Dec 6-5) 195: Cole Yung (POUD) over Jake Bennett (ROMO) (Fall 4:51) 220: Weston Mayer (POUD) over Ben Gonzalez (ROMO) (Fall 0:49) 285: Keegan Rocha (POUD) over Maclean Graves (ROMO) (Fall 3:12)