"Dual meet of the Week " 1/ 8 Monarch vs Legacy09 Jan 2016
By Tom Blair - ICW staff
As you walked into the gym at Legacy High School it was a packed house on what could be called Friday night ramble. The Legacy Lightning took on the Monarch Coyotes in the “Dual Meet of the Week”. The varsity meet got a little late start as there was a full slate of JV matches. But the wait was well worth it, as both teams had a full 14 man roster. Which is good to see that both teams have a good growth in their programs and also after looking at the box scores of other dual meets throughout the state with one to four open spots / forfeits.
The meet would start out at the 160 lbs weight classes, Nate Pritchard, Monarch would start the match with two quick takedowns in the first period and then finish it in the second period by pinning Aidan Funk in a cradle at the 3:20 mark. At 170 lbs Keegan Feenstra, Monarch would keep the ball rolling with a pin of his own just before the buzzer at the end of the first period over Nick Pontejos.
Legacy would then go on a tear with four pins in the next five matches that they won. Number one ranked in 4A, Matt Hebel at 182 started it off, followed by #3 ranked Nolan Funk at 195 lbs, #9 ranked Derek Coleman at 220 lbs and Devan Cogil at 106 lbs. Giving the Lightning a 27 - 12 lead at the midway point of the dual.
The momentum would swing when 113 lber Alex Scott, Monarch pinned Justin Paplow, Legacy in the second period after many attempts to turn his opponent using a cradle. Monarch’s Xander Reins ranked #5 at 120 lbs had total control of his match overpowering Aj Voncoln, Legacy and when the match was over it showed as he won by major decision 10 - 2. At 126 lbs Parker McQuade, Monarch won by 8 - 2 decision over Mitch Mueller. Cole Polliconi, Monarch #2 ranked at 132 lbs used a quick takedown and then two near falls before putting the finishing touches to a pin over Ryv Sullivan, Legacy in 1:06 of the first period, now giving the lead to Monarch by 4 points, 31 - 27.
Ryan Deakin, Legacy (#1 at 138 in 4A) put a stop to the bleeding as he went out on the mat and took care of business by pinning Tayor Dawal, Monarch in 52 seconds in the first period, putting Legacy back into the team lead 33 -31. The team points would change hand again in the very next match as Caden Feenstra, Monarch had total command of his match with a 12 - 0 major decision over Sam Karlson, Legacy at 145 pounds and giving the Coyotes four points for the team score and the lead at 35 - 33. The final match of the evening at 152 pounds had all the marbles riding on it and both wrestlers were ready when the whistle sounded to start the match. Drain Hayes, Legacy took only eight seconds to secure a takedown and then was penalized for locking hands. When the match was restarted he put legs in on his opponent Porter McQuade, Monarch. Seizing the moment he adjusted to a spraddle and pin McQuade in 45 seconds and gave Legacy the team win 39 - 35.
The meet was even closer then what both coaches thought as both teams each won seven matches, both teams also had seven ranked wrestlers in their lineup and each team had a Colorado Wrestler of the Week on their team ( Xander Reins, Monarch - week one winner and Ryan Deakin - week three winner).
Results: Legacy 39 - Monarch 35
160 - Nate Pritchard, Monarch fall 3:20 over Aidan Funk, Legacy; 170 - Keegan Feenstra, Monarch fall 1;59 over Nick Pontejos, Legacy; 182 - Matt Habel, Legacy fall :52 over Dawson Scott, Monarch; 195 - Nolan Funk, Legacy fall 1:26 over Justin Powers, Monarch; 220 - Derek Coleman, Legacy fall 1:13 over Evans Williams, Monarch; 285 - Taiamanu Faamausill, Legacy decision 6 -4 over Ian Scott, Monarch; 106 - Devan Cogil, Legacy fall 1:37 over Zach Hacker, Monarch; 113 - Alex Scott, Monarch fall 3:05 over Justin Paplow, Legacy; 120 - Xander Reins, Monarch major decision 10 - 2 over AJ Voncoln, Legacy; 126 - Parker McQuade, Monarch decision 8 - 2 over Mitch Muller, Legacy; 132 - Cole Polliconi, Monarch fall 1:06 over Ryv Sullivan, Legacy; 138 - Ryan Deakin fall :53 over Taylor Dawal, Monarch; 145 - Caden Feenstra, Monarch major decision 12 - 0 over Sam Karlson, Legacy; 152 - Drain Hays, legacy fall :45 over Porter McQuade, Monarch