LONGMONT -- With this season marking Adam Keiswetter's fourth year as the head coach of the Longmont High wrestling program, he believes the Trojans' leadership -- which is supplied largely by seniors in their fourth year with the program -- is at the apex of his tenure.
On Thursday, those senior leaders provided a powerful kick-start to a dominant effort by Longmont, as the Trojans overwhelmed cross-town rival Silver Creek for a 62-18 dual-meet victory.
"It's been awesome to finally get some senior leadership going," Keiswetter said.
"I've coached those guys all since they were freshmen, and it's awesome to see that progression and see how far they've come from where they were. As those guys get older, they start to believe more in what we're teaching them at practice. They're trying to encourage the younger guys to buy into that process."
Longmont opted to open its home meet at the 138-pound class. That move allowed all four of the Trojans' seniors, in addition to a number of experienced juniors, to help stake the Trojans to a quick, insurmountable lead.
With pins in their first four contested matches, combined with two Longmont victories via forfeits, the Trojans built a 39-0 advantage before Silver Creek was able to dent the scoreboard. Overall, Longmont recorded seven pins and one technical fall among its nine contested victories. Longmont received pins from three of its four seniors, including Colten Montgomery (138 pounds), Forrest Wetterstrom (182), and Chris Palacios (285).
The fourth senior on Longmont's lineup, Connor Stengel, was the beneficiary of one of the Silver Creek forfeits.
"It means a lot either going first or last for me, because it means I get to either start us off on the right note or end us on the right note," Montgomery said. "That's usually the plan. It's always good to go out and start us off right, especially when we come out with a big victory like this as a team."
While Longmont's heavier weight classes are littered with upperclassmen, the freshmen and sophomores that make up the Trojans' five lightest weight classes acquitted themselves well against the Raptors.
Longmont freshman Ben Ahern recorded a pin at the 113-pound division, as did sophomore Jared Wells at 120 pounds.
"I believe this year we probably have the most depth since I've been here," Wetterstrom said. "All of our weights are very competitive, but we're really solid from 126 up. In those lower weights we have some young kids, but they're getting the hang of it and they're catching up fast. We have an experienced team, but we should have a good mix this year."
After getting dominated early, Silver Creek avoided a sweep by recording three pins, getting those victories from Dakota Silva at 220 pounds, Patrick Murray at 106 pounds, and Justin McLean at 126 pounds.
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LONGMONT 62, SILVER CREEK 18
At Longmont HS
106 -- Patrick Murray, Silver Creek, pinned Patrick McDonough, 3:15; 113 -- Ben Ahern, Longmont, pinned Andrew Burns, :36; 120 -- Jared Wells, Longmont, pinned Jack Poole, 2:45; 126 -- Justin McLean, Silver Creek, pinned Anthony Rubalcaba, 3:46; 132 -- Eloy Valdes, Longmont, tech. fall Ethan Nielsen, 3:51; 138 -- Colten Montgomer, Longmont, pinned Daniel McLean, :48; 145 -- Lane Olsen, Longmont, pinned Gavin Saiz, 3:26; 152 -- Drake Greeott, Longmont, forfeit; 160 -- Connor Stengel, Longmont, forfeit; 170 -- Ivan Wolf, Longmont, pinned Mitch Webster, 4:38; 182 -- Forrest Wetterstrom, Longmont, pinned Sam Oliver, 3:50; 195 -- Jaime Ramos Vega, Longmont, dec. Antone Heichelheim, 14-7; 220 -- Dakota Silva, Silver Creek, pinned Dutch Warner, 4:11; 285 -- Chris Palacios, Longmont, pinned Andy Nott, 1:41.