FREDERICK -- What was perhaps most impressive about the Longmont wrestling team's performance on Saturday was not how the Trojans were able to reach the finals in half the weight classes, or even the way Longmont ran away with the team title.
The most impressive aspect of the Trojans' day was that they were able to accomplish those feats without their lineup at 100 percent.
Even with two regulars sidelined with injuries and senior Forrest Wetterstrom forced to leave early to head out on a football recruiting trip, Longmont nonetheless proved to be the top team at the Gary Daum Classic. The Trojans reached the finals in seven events, ultimately winning the team race with 204.5 points, finishing 54.5 points ahead of runner-up
The team title marked Longmont's fourth since 2000 at the tournament formerly known as the Boulder Valley Invitational. It had been six years since the Trojans' previous title at the tournament, a stretch that included a couple of years where LHS bypassed the event.
"The crazy part is we're not even full strength with our lineup," Longmont coach Adam Keiswetter said. "Considering we weren't full strength and won this tournament, that's awesome. It's not about one or two guys. It takes a team effort, and everybody that we brought here today helped. The last couple tournament's we've gone to we've gotten third, we got a second. But they were smaller tournaments. To come away with first here feels pretty good."
Although Longmont won only one of its seven title bouts -- and that one occurred via an injury default, as junior Jaime Ramos Vega was awarded the first-place medal at 195 pounds -- that hardly put a damper on the Trojans' big day.
Longmont took home six runner-up medals, a group that included Lane Olsen (145 pounds), Drake Greeott (152), Fernando Ramos Vega (160), Connor Stengel (170), Dutch Warner (220) and Chris Palacios (285).
Warner and Palacios each suffered narrow defeats in their championship bouts, with Warner dropping a 2-0 decision to Golden's Noah Lennox and Palacios falling 3-2 against another Golden grappler, Dakota Gulley.
Greeott, who returned last week from a serious elbow injury he suffered in the first tournament of the season, was forced to accept an injury default after he aggravated the injury during his championship match against Golden's Devin Rothrock.
"We've been doing pretty good this year and it feels good to be on the top of this one," Greeott said. "I feel like our lineup is getting set and we're getting there."
Erie placed sixth in the 13-team field after receiving individual championships from Brandon Wetsch and Ladd Bunker. Wetsch claimed first at 132 pounds by pinning Platte Valley's Austin Walters at the 3 minute, 48 second mark. Bunker defeated Longmont's Fernando Ramos Vega 8-5 to take first at 160 pounds.
One of the most impressive individual performances of the tournament was turned in by Niwot sophomore Clay Robinson, who needed only 33 seconds to pin Nikko Jaramillo of Platte Valley in the 106-pound final.
"I've been in the finals of every single tournament this year except for one, so I came in very prepared," Robinson said. "This will definitely help me to get seeded higher at regionals and state."
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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.