DENVER -- All wrestlers have their own routine to get ready. They have their own challenges to reach the top. And on the mat, they are on their own.
Perhaps no other sport is as solitary in its tribulations and triumphs as wrestling. But Saturday evening, it was the team effort in a discipline known for its rugged individualism that had Broomfield sky high.
The Eagles claimed the third Class 4A team title in the history of the program at the Pepsi Center. And in the process, the wrestlers believed they started a new era for a program that has tried to shake off a difficult recent history.
"It means so much," 170-pound state champion Zach Stodden said. "To start out with new coaches and we've worked so hard since then. We deserve this season."
The last time the Eagles won the 4A title was in 2010, when the program was still shaking off the scandal of former head coach Travis Masse, who was convicted of sexually assaulting an underage student. While it might not have shown from the outside, the incident had fractured the program internally, current head coach Joe Pereira said.
"It's been a crazy few years since that stuff with Masse," Pereira said. "What people don't understand about after that stuff happened, the community really broke apart."
From where Pereira stood Saturday night, after a strong showing across the board by his wrestlers and with two state champions, the Eagles had risen from their ashes.
"There wasn't a lot of trust and belief when the new coaches came in," Pereira said. "This was the first year that everybody has been onboard. The parents have worked their butts off this year to raise money so we could travel. The kids have committed themselves and are best friends. They'd do anything for each other."
The fraternity of the Eagles was more than evident in how the athletes outside of Saturday evening's championship match limelight wrestled. Broomfield had five wrestlers enter the consolation rounds Saturday, and each one made it to a place on the podium.
One of the weightiest performances turned out to be Jarod Albo's pin for fifth place at 152 pounds, which earned the equivalent of a finals victory in team points.
"Fifth place is not what I wanted, but scoring the extra points made feel a little better," he said. "Working hard enough to get that helps us get the state championship."
The run through the afternoon's consolation matches gave the Eagles a five-point lead heading into their three finals matches. But the finish ended up being dramatic with the way the evening began.
It took Phil Downing's win at 145 pounds to clinch the title before Stodden's crown lengthened the lead. The Eagles finished with 140.5 points to runner-up Discovery Canyon's 129.5.
Broomfield was shocked to open the championship round with one of its most seasoned wrestlers falling to start the evening.
Drew Romero lost in his bid for a third state title, with the 113-pounder getting edged on a late takedown. The loss was a wake-up call to the next two Broomfield wrestlers, refocusing them for their matches.
"It got my head together," Downing said. "I stayed calm, didn't warm up as hard and just practiced my breathing."
Downing also relished the opportunity to become his team's first three-time champion along with helping collect what turned out to be the winning margin.
"I felt like I had to go out there and put out a butt-whooping," he said.
Many of the Eagles believe Saturday night might just be a prelude to bigger thing to come for the team. Broomfield graduates only two seniors, and from what the Eagles did this year at the state tournament, the wrestlers and their coach are more than confident they can keep their spot at the top of 4A in the years to come.
"There's a lot to look forward to," Pereira said.
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CLASS 4A RESULTS
Broomfield 140.5, Discovery Canyon, 129.5, Windsor 129.0, Pueblo South 95, Thompson Valley 95, Roosevelt 68, Pueblo Central 67, Montezuma-Cortez 61, Golden 49, Eagle Valley 44, Weld Central 44, Palisade 40.5, Falcon 40, Mead 39, Valor Christian 37.5, Air Academy 37, Pueblo Centennial 37, Mesa Ridge 35.5, Berthoud 32, Arvada 29, Fort Morgan 28.5, Longmont 25, Cheyenne Mountain 24, Canon City 23, Thomas Jefferson 21, Elizabeth 20.5, Montrose 19, Pueblo County 19, Pueblo East 19, Mullen 17, Sand Creek 17, Pueblo West 17, Erie 13, Niwot 13, Lewis-Palmer 12, Rifle 11.5, Vista Ridge 10.5, Durango, 9, Evergreen 9, Summit 9, Woodland Park 9, Conifer 7, Mountain View 7, Greeley Central 5, Northridge 4, Delta 3, Frederick 2, Widefield 2.
106 pounds — Dalton Robertson, Weld Central, dec. Sam Turner, Discovery Canyon, 11-9.
113 pounds — Joel Salomon, Windsor, dec. Drew Romero, Broomfield, 4-2.
120 pounds — AJ Rees, Discovery Canyon, dec. Marcus Martinez, Pueblo South, 11-5.
126 pounds — Dalton Hannigan, Palisade, maj. dec. Bobby Amond, Cheyenne Mountain, 12-4.
132 pounds — Isaac Naro, Pueblo South, dec. Sonny Espinoza, Pueblo Central, 5-2.
138 pounds — Jace Lopez, Roosevelt, dec. Ryan Daves, Montezuma-Cortez, 3-1.
145 pounds — Phil Downing, Broomfield, maj. dec. Tyler Oberg, Discovery Canyon, 10-1.
152 pounds — Kennen Lanteri, Windsor, dec. Cody Soulka, Falcon, 5-3.
160 pounds — Francisco Marquez, Thompson Valley, dec. Seager Oliver, Montezuma-Cortez, 7-2.
170 pounds — Zach Stodden, Broomfield, dec. Chaz Polson, Valor Christian, 3-2.
182 pounds — Kyle Couch, Mead, dec. Trenton Gustafson, Montezuma-Cortez, 4-2.
195 pounds — Garet Krohn, Arvada, tech fall David Traynor, Discovery Canyon, 24-9.
220 pounds — Andy Armstrong, Eagle Valley, maj. dec. Garrett Benell, Canon City, 14-3.
285 pounds — Dakota Gulley, Golden, pinned Robert Bishop-Cotner, 1:27.
106 pounds -- Darek Huff, Broomfield dec. Vladyslav Kazakov, Thompson Valley, 5-1.
113 pounds -- Collin Williams, Thompson Valley pinned Brandon Gonzalez, Mesa Ridge, 4:25.
120 pounds -- Gavril Houston, Elizabeth dec. Aaron Carrera, Pueblo East, 4-2 OT.
126 pounds -- Layth Dieyleh, Thomas Jefferson dec. Jimmy Fate, Berthoud, 6-4 OT.
132 pounds -- Steve Turner, Discovery Canyon pinned Travis Myers, Pueblo West, 3:26.
138 pounds -- Jacob Gerken, Ft. Morgan pinned Joseph Sisneros, Mullen, 1:55.
145 pounds -- Keenan Wyatt, Pueblo Central pinned Chad Ellis, Berthoud, 4:29.
152 pounds -- John Holst, Valor Christian dec. Keenan Willits, Pueblo County, 6-5.
160 pounds -- Kyle Soulka, Falcon dec. Spencer Urban, Roosevelt, 4-2.
170 pounds -- Adrian Mack, Discovery Canyon dec. Caleb Cuneio, Air Academy, 3-1.
182 pounds -- Josh Semmler, Roosevelt dec. Ty LaFramboise, Eagle Valley, 4-3.
195 pounds -- Logan Longworth, Weld Central pinned John Lieder, Pueblo Centennial, 1:50.
220 pounds -- Evan Lancelot, Pueblo Central dec. Conner Eakes, Broomfield, 3-1.
285 pounds -- Tuli Laulu, Sand Creek dec. Justin Petrash, Air Academy, 1-0.
106 pounds -- Michael Ramirez, Pueblo South dec. Clay Robinson, Niwot, 4-2.
113 pounds -- Sage Budd, Mead dec. Davis Baxter, Pueblo South, 5-1.
120 pounds -- Nick Wittrock, Summit dec. Tylar Francis, Roosevelt, 5-1.
126 pounds -- Ian Wingstrom, Ft. Morgan maj. dec. Jacob Kay, Evergreen, 13-5.
132 pounds -- Justin Ray, Palisade pinned Tanner Williams, Thompson Valley, :56.
138 pounds -- Parker Simington, Thompson Valley dec. Hunter Shively, Conifer, 5-3.
145 pounds -- Austin Zuniga, Pueblo South dec. Dominique Hughes, Mesa Ridge, 7-4.
152 pounds -- Jared Albo, Broomfield pinned Drake Greeott, Longmont, 2:26.
160 pounds -- Vinny Gonzales, Windsor dec. Thomas Chisholm, Woodland Park, 8-7.
170 pounds -- Joseph Glenn, Lewis-Palmer pinned Joseph Keller, Windsor, 4:05.
182 pounds -- Cosme Martinez, Windsor maj. dec. Jacob Hawthorne, Vista Ridge, 12-3.
195 pounds -- Demetrius Zissimos, Broomfield dec. Jaime Ramos Vega, Longmont, 3-2.
220 pounds -- Hunter Reinert, Pueblo South pinned Damian Gracia, Pueblo Centennial, 2:01.
285 pounds -- Jesus Casillas, Montrose dec. Austin Harris, Broomfield, 4-2 OT.
LOCAL CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS
106 -- Darek Huff, Broomfield, dec. Michael Ramirez, Pueblo South, 7-2; Vladyslav Kazakov, Thompson Valley pinned Clay Robinson, Niwot, 3:56.
113 -- Brandon Gonzalez, Mesa Ridge, pinned Sage Budd, Mead, 4:55.
152 -- Keenan Willits, Pueblo County, dec. Jarod Albo, Broomfield, 9-6; John Holst, Valor Christian, tech fall Drake Greeott, Longmont, 16-1.
195 -- John Lieder, Pueblo Centennial, dec. Jaime Ramos Vega, 10-7; Logan Longworth, Weld Central, pinned DJ Zissimos, 4:29.
220 -- Connor Eakes, Broomfield, dec. Damian Garcia, Pueblo Centennial, 3-2.
285 -- Justin Petrash, Air Academy, dec. Austin Harris, Broomfield, 3-1.
LOCAL CONSOLATION THIRD ROUND
106 -- Clay Robinson, Niwot, dec. Josh Villa, Windsor, 3-2.
113 -- Sage Budd, Mead, dec. Matthew Lavengood, Durango, 2-0.
132 -- Steve Turner, Discovery Canyon, dec. Brandon Wetsch, Erie, 4-3.
152 -- Jarod Albo, Broomfield, pinned Jeremiah Clymer, Mountain View, 4:33; Drake Greeott, Longmont, dec. Devin Rothrock, Golden, 4-1.
160 -- Spencer Urban, Roosevelt, dec. Ladd Bunker, Erie, 4-2.
170 -- Joseph Keller, Windsor, dec. Gabe Alvarado, Mead, 4-3.
195 -- DJ Zissimos, Broomfield, pinned Joey Sanchez, Eagle Valley, 4:05.
285 -- Austin Harris, Broomfield, dec. Demitrius Miller, Pueblo Centennial, 2-1, OT.