LONGMONT -- For a brief moment Saturday, onlookers might have believed Clay Bunker's right knee injury was going to derail a perfect season and, perhaps, worse.
If the ailment turned out to be something serious, chances weren't good that Erie's 152-pounder would make it back to supreme shape by Thursday's opening rounds of state wrestling tournament.
Bunker, though, shook off the ailment and finished off Windsor's Troy Carroll 11-5 in the championship match of the Class 4A Region 4A Wrestling Tournament at Longmont High School. Then, after improving to 40-0, his words provided reassurance to Tigers fans in anticipation of title week.
"It's not torn or anything, it's just sore" said Bunker, whose title match was delayed when coaches checked the knee between the second and third round. "I knocked my knees together in the match before this one. It's just a boo boo."
The only other local to take home a regional title in a meet dominated by top-ranked Windsor and No. 2 Discovery Canyon was Silver Creek's Nate Dunlavy at 195. The senior (22-4) earned a 14-4 major decision against Frederick's Jaron Balman in the championship match.
"I had to go represent for my school since I'm the only one going to state," Dunlavy said. "He outstrengthened me a little bit, so my goal was to stay away from the head-tie, because he gets pretty dominant once he gets that."
While Bunker and Dunlavy will be in prime position when state seeds are announced Sunday, several other locals will be at the Pepsi Center as well. Longmont will send four wrestlers, Frederick three, Niwot two and Erie one in addition to Bunker.
That is 120-pounder Brandon Wetsch, who lost a heartbreaking 6-4 overtime decision to highly-touted Steve Turner of Discovery Canyon.
"I was working as hard as I can, thinking if I get it, I get it," Wetsch said. "If not, it's something to look forward to next week. He's ranked No. 1 and I just went to overtime with him. I'm going to see him next week in the finals no matter what."
Longmont will be represented by Drake Greeot (second place at 145), Ivan Wolf (third at 126), Forrest Wetterstrom (third at 175) and Jaime Ramos Vega (fourth at 195). Longmont was the highest local finisher in the team race in seventh place with 109.
"We're feeling really accomplished as a team," Wetterstrom said. "Our goal was for everyone to qualify, but we're grateful for what we've got with four going to state. That's good in a year."
Wetterstrom had one of the most compelling routes, as he partially atoned for a 17-15 loss to Aldo Lara of Greeley Central in Friday's quarterfinals. Wetterstrom defeated Lara 10-1 in the third-place match.
"I kind of got a little cocky because I had beat him earlier in the season and I let that get to me," Wetterstrom said. "I gave him a penalty point, let my temper get to me and lost by two. It was great to get a little payback."
Of note, Greeot couldn't continue his championship match against Windsor's Kennen Lanteri after absorbing a blow to the head and feeling woozy. Greeot trailed 11-6 late in the second round when it was stopped.
Frederick advanced three wrestlers to state, including two second-place finishers: Balman and Jacob Vargas (182). Jesse Ortiz finished third at 103.
Niwot's Nick Stager will return to state after finishing second at 138 after absorbing a 9-5 loss to Windsor's Josh Donkle in the finale. Brandon Slepicka (fourth at 220) also will represent the Cougars.
Windsor dominated with six first-place wrestlers and 10 in the top three. The Wizards' tally of 285 was 30 better than Discovery Canyon. Skyline finished 15th with 14 points, with Braden Richards' fifth-place finish at 106 the Falcons' best.
Class 4A Region 4 Wrestling Tounrament
At Longmont HS
Team scores -- Windsor 285, Discovery Canyon 255, Greeley Central 186.5, Fort Morgan 131.5, Sterling 111.5, Fort Lupton 110.5, Longmont 109, Frederick 90.5, Niwot 70, Silver Creek 62, Erie 48, Alameda 38, Northridge 34, Mountain View 27, Skyline 14, Skyview 13.
106 -- Jonathan Lewis, Windsor, dec. Ben Medina, Fort Lupton, 11-9 (ot).
113 -- A.J. Rees, Discovery Canyon, dec. Joel Saloman, Windsor, 8-1.
120 -- Steve Turner, Discovery Canyon, dec. Brandon Wetsch, Erie, 6-4 (ot).
126 -- Seth Villa, Windsor, tech. Fall Bryce Oberg, Discovery Canyon, 22-7.
132 -- Erik Guerrero, Greeley Central, dec. Jacob Gerken, Fort Morgan, 4-3.
138 -- Josh Donkle, Windsor, dec. Nick Stager, Niwot, 9-5.
145 -- Kennen Lanteri, Windsor, default, Drake Greeot, Longmont (injury in second round).
152 -- Clay Bunker, Erie, dec. Troy Carroll, Windsor, 11-5.
160 -- Brandon Hoffman, Fort Morgan, dec. Garrett Adams, Discovery Canyon, 7-3.
170 -- Adrian Mack, Discovery Canyon, pinned Luke Engelhaupt, Sterling, 3:00.
182 -- Cosme Martinez, Windsor, dec. Jacob Vargas, Frederick, 10-7.
195 -- Nate Dunlavy, Silver Creek, major dec. Jaron Balman, Frederick, 14-4.
220 -- Jack Kuck, Windsor, dec. Timmy Ornelas, Fort Lupton, 9-5.
Hwt -- A.J. Polland, Greeley Central, pinned Fernando Aviles, Sterling, :16.
Local third-place matches
103 -- Jesse Ortiz, Frederick, dec. Tanner Reynolds, Discovery Canyon, 2-1.
126 -- Ivan Wolf, Longmont, tech. fall Zach Badial, Greeley Central, 17-2.
170 -- Forrest Wetterstrom, Longmont, major dec. Aldo Lara, Greeley Central, 10-1.
195 -- David Traynor, Discovery Canyon, pinned Jaime Ramos Vega, Longmont, :35.
220 -- Jon Bratton, Discovery Canyon, pinned Brandon Slepicka, Niwot, 2:53.