Xander Rens in the right frame of mind for Monarch23 Jan 2017
BoCoPreps.com Writer By Jon E. Yunt,
LOUISVILLE — Xander Rens needed to clear his mind. After a freshman campaign that began with so much promise last year ended with a disappointing showing at the state tournament, the Coyotes sophomore walked away from the sport ... for six or seven months. "I was swimming and doing other things," he said. "And when I came back into it, I was thirsty and I was ready." On Thursday night — on the eve of one of the state biggest tournament of the year, Centaurus' Top of The Rockies, Friday and Saturday — Rens looked every bit the part of a wrestler with something to prove against Broomfield's Christian Lofton.
The match of the night, at least on paper, between On The Mat's No. 4 Rens and No. 8 Lofton was decidedly one-sided. Rens rolled to an 18-1 victory by tech fall that ended at the 4 minutes and 53 seconds mark and helped the Coyotes to a 37-30 victory over the Eagles in a well-wrestled dual. "It felt good, but in the end, morning runs and staying after practice showed up," said Rens, who prides himself in his endurance on the mat. "Just a hard working victory." It has been a whirlwind month for the Coyotes, who have traveled all over the country to find the best competition the nation has to offer and something they hope will play off in the coming weeks, starting at Top of the Rockies."The next few weeks are what really matters and everything up to this point doesn't really mean anything," said Rens, who has bulked up to the 145 pound weight class this season. "Got to start with Top of the Rockies, then, leagues, regions and then state."