FREDERICK -- Moments after Fairview's Melvin Gutierrez and Boulder's Martin Selby concluded their respective duties at the awards stand at the 2013 Gary Daum Classic wrestling tournament, the cross-town rivals and old friends shared a brief embrace.
As they parted ways, Gutierrez told Selby he expected to see him on the mats again soon. While Selby still holds the overall bragging rights on his rival from Fairview, Gutierrez narrowed the gap on Saturday, defeating the Boulder sophomore in the final of the 138-pound weight division.
It was one of three individual championships recorded by the Knights, who turned in a clean sweep of their title-bout appearances while finishing seventh in the team standings at the
"Me and him used to wrestle back in middle school and we had our turns -- he'd win, then I'd win," said Gutierrez, who suffered two losses to Selby earlier this season before turning the tables on Saturday. "We had a lot of fun together. Now, since he's at Boulder and I'm at Fairview, it's a big rivalry. He was tired, and I was tired too, but I had enough heart and enough stamina to get out there and get him."
Gutierrez was able to record two late points that turned a 5-5 deadlock into a 7-5 win. His victory was just the first of three for the Knights, as senior Chris Robinson immediately followed Gutierrez's win with a 12-4 major decision against Longmont's Lane Olsen in the 145-pound final.
Fairview capped its impressive finals run with a victory from junior Cito Balsells in the 182-pound title bout. Balsells posted a 7-5 victory against Platte Valley's Drew Shaw. Fairview sophomore Preston Cates also finished fourth at 106 pounds.
Fairview coach Jim Lefebvre said he believes it has been at least four or five years since the Knights have recorded three individual victories in a single tournament.
"I think as a whole, the team has really begun to put everything together," Lefebvre said. "This was a pivotal tournament. Even the kids that weren't in the finals today, a lot of them contributed and won matches. (Cates) kind of turned a corner. He placed once at a tournament a year ago. Until you step on the podium, you don't picture yourself being there. And probably the regional tournament isn't the time for that to happen. It's nice to have that experience early on."
Boulder finished fourth in the team standings with 143 points, falling just one behind third-place Holy Family. The Panthers advanced six athletes into the semifinals, an effort led by Selby's runner-up finish at 138 pounds and four third-place finishes -- Keeton William (145 pounds), Josh Harrison (152), Jacobo Jiminez (160), and Jack Wizlich (170).
"We hit a little bit of a wall in the semis and came up with some matches where the other guys were just a click better than us," Boulder coach Glenn Kingsley said. "I was expecting to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack, so that (fourth place) was all right. We had five weights open, so to finish fourth in a tournament with nine kids is pretty good."
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Team scores -- Longmont 204.5, Platte Valley 150, Holy Family 144, Boulder 143, Golden 133, Erie 124, Fairview 117.5, Monarch 93, Frederick 90, Niwot 81.5, Skyline 65, Silver Creek 63, Lyons 20.
106 -- Clay Robinson, Niwot, pins Nikko Jaramillo, Platte Valley, :33.
113 -- Vincent Casados, Holy Family, def. Jesse Ortiz, Frederick, 6-5.
120 -- Julian Prieto, Holy Family, default Romelo Salas, Golden.
126 -- Joseph Prieto, Holy Family, pins Landon Alm, Monarch, 1:30.
132 -- Brandon Wetsch, Erie, pins Austin Walters, Platte Valley, 3:48.
138 -- Melvin Gutierrez, Fairview, def. Martin Selby, Boulder, 7-5.
145 -- Chris Robinson, Fairview, major dec. Lane Olsen, Longmont, 12-4.
152 -- Devin Rothrock, Golden inj. default Drake Greeott, Longmont.
160 -- Ladd Bunker, Erie, def. Fernando Ramos Vega, Longmont, 8-5.
170 -- Brad Blackstock, Golden, major dec. Connor Stengel, Longmont, 9-0.
182 -- Cito Balsells, Fairview, def. Drew Shaw, Platte Valley, 7-5.
195 -- Jaime Ramos Vega, Longmont, inj. default Ray Rodriguez, Skyline
220 -- Noah Lennox, Golden, def. Dutch Warner, Longmont, 2-0.
285 -- Dakota Gulley, Golden, def. Chris Palacios, Longmont, 3-2.
106 -- Anthony Nieto, Erie, def. Preston Cates, Fairview, 2-0.
113 -- Andrew Jaramillo, Platte Valley, def. Ben Ferrera, Monarch, 5-3 (OT).
120 -- Christian Hernandez, Erie, default Braden Richards, Skyline.
126 -- Ryan Waite, Platte Valley, def. Tobias Campbell, Erie, 10-5.
132 -- Eloy Valdez, Longmont, def. Cody Campos, Frederick, 3-1.
138 -- Colten Montgomery, Longmont, default Dylan Shoop, Frederick.
145 -- Keeton William, Boulder, default Brayden Sharp, Platte Valley.
152 -- Josh Harrison, Boulder, major dec. Griff Wendland, Monarch, 18-8.
160 -- Jacobo Jiminez, Boulder, def. Noah Payne, Frederick, 10-3.
170 -- Jack Wizlich, Boulder, def. Damien O'Hare, Niwot, 7-5.
182 -- Dakota Silva, Silver Creek, pins Ben Lavoie, Holy Family, 2:01
195 -- Kenny Jones, Silver Creek, pins Evon Franz, Platte Valley, 4:02.
220 -- Daniel Jansen, Holy Family, def. Theo Colucci, Boulder, 7-3.
285 -- Willy Clements, Holy Family, def. David Plute, Lyons, 2-1.