LAFAYETTE -- Facing a Centaurus wrestling team plagued by injury and a lack of depth, Longmont's upperclassmen who did get matches on Thursday night went out and took care of business as expected.
It was a couple of freshmen, though, whose performances rounded out a swift and dominant performance quite nicely for the visiting Trojans, who won 76-6 on a night when only six matches were contested.
Ben Ahern at 113 pounds and Reilly Terranova at 126 logged two of Longmont's five pins on the evening. But they had to show a fair amount of grit to do it. While Ahern never trailed, both freshmen found themselves underneath their opponents early in their matches.
Terranova, in fact, was staring at the Tom Sutak Gymnasium lights for much of the second period as CHS freshman Arturo Chaparro came close to pinning him a couple of times. But trailing 9-6 early in the third period, Terranova took Chaparro down and finished off his victory with a 5-minute, 12-second pin.
"I just fought," Terranova said. "Mentally I just couldn't bear the thought of losing."
Terranova, wrestling up a weight Thursday, said he went into the match with a bit of a timid mindset before snapping out of it midway through the match. He improved to 3-5 at the varsity level, bouncing back after an 0-2 performance at the Gary Daum Invite on Saturday.
"It definitely feels good to have my first varsity dual win,"
Longmont coach Adam Keiswetter commended Terranova's mental toughness through the dicey second period.
Ahern, too, overcame some adversity, getting taken down by Centaurus junior Andre Jaramillo in the first period after notching an early lead. But Ahern left no doubt after the brief hiccup, pinning Jaramillo midway through the second period.
"Our freshmen this year have leaders to look up to," said Keiswetter, who noted that his current underclassmen had to play some of the team leader roles themselves when they were freshmen as LHS dealt with its own depth issues back then. "And they've got quality workout partners every day."
Longmont won all six contested matches. Forrest Wetterstrom, wrestling up a weight at 195, started the night off with a pin, while Jared Wells (120) and Lane Olsen (145) also logged pins.
Drake Greeott finished the night off with an 18-5 major decision over Robert Jahn in which he just missed racking up the pin on multiple occasions.
"Tonight I wanted to work some of the stuff (that will help win tougher matches down the road)," Greeott, a junior, said of his and his fellow upperclassmen's game plans against the overmatched Warriors.
Already without wrestlers at four of the five upper weights, Centaurus was also missing seventh-ranked 120-pounder Andre Aragon and three other regulars due to injuries and illness on Thursday night.
The Warriors' lone team points came with a win by forfeit for Adonis Jaramillo at 106, Longmont's only open weight.
"I've got first year guys out there competing and that's what we're looking for right now," CHS coach Cisco Gonzales said. "A night like tonight is learning how to compete. I'm not so concerned about wins and losses."
Longmont 76, Centaurus 6
At Centaurus HS
195 -- Forrest Wetterstrom, Longmont, pin Michael Steele, 5:26; 220 -- Dutch Warner, Longmont, won by forfeit; 285 -- Chris Palacios, Longmont, won by forfeit; 106 -- Adonis Jaramillo, Centaurus, won by forfeit; 113 -- Ben Ahern, Longmont, pin Andre Jaramillo, 2:53; 120 -- Jared Wells, Longmont, pin Nathan Kuykendall, 1:58; 126 -- Reilly Terranova, Longmont, pin Arturo Chaparro, 5:12; 132 -- Eloy Valdez, Longmont, won by forfeit; 138 -- Colten Montgomery, Longmont, won by forfeit; 145 -- Lane Olsen, Longmont, pin Justin Montoya, 1:20; 152 -- Drake Greeott, Longmont, maj. dec. Robert Jahn, 18-5; 160 -- Ivan Wolf, Longmont, won by forfeit; 170 -- Connor Stengel, Longmont, won by forfeit; 182 -- Tom Nichols, Longmont, won by forfeit.