BOULDER -- Boulder coach Gil Espinoza called the win "bittersweet."
On Wednesday night in The Pit at Boulder, Espinoza's Panthers were wrestling for a teammate, Ryan Travis, that wasn't even in the building.
Last Saturday at Fairview's Mike Stanley Invitational, Travis was headbutted in his match against a Knights wrestler and the result was a broken nose and a concussion and who knows how much missed time.
Wednesday night the Panthers, decided underdogs against their crosstown rivals, won some matches they probably shouldn't have and claimed the Lynn Daker Trophy (awarded each year to the winner of the Boulder-Fairview dual) for just the second time since 2008 with a 42-33 win.
"I think it means a lot to my team," Espinoza said. "They are just trying to do the best they can being that they are so young and they were wrestling for (Ryan)."
The stunning victory of the night went to Panthers 120-pound freshman John Tadlock. Wrestling against Fairview senior Allen Sease, Tadlock was at a decided experience disadvantage.
And after two period it showed. Sease, behind six takedowns, went to the final period with a cozy 13-5 lead.
What happened next?
"To be honest, I'm not really sure," Tadlock said. "He wasn't slipping up, he was doing a great job, but I got him in a position that he couldn't escape and then when I had his arm and head in my hands I pinned him."
Tadlock cradled Sease and despite the fact he was shaking from head to toe, was able to hold on for the pin at 4 minutes, 31 seconds.
"He just didn't quit. He's had some bad luck in some other matches and hopefully now he is coming into his own," Espinoza said of Tadlock.
Other big wins for Boulder, which all came via pin fall, included Isaac Parks, Steven Marics and Soren Sovndal. In Parks match, he was down 9-3 in the first period to Jeremy Robinson before reversing and earning his team the six points with a pin at the buzzer.
Fairview, which won seven of the 12 matches that were wrestled, got a couple of gritty performances of it own. Brock Granberg erased a 5-0 deficit going to the final two minutes in his 138-pound match against Jake DeBroux and scored a 10-5 decision.
D'Vir Goodman won an 8-6 decision over Andrew Virden and 170-pounder Dimitri Brown avenged a loss at the Stanley to Ira Ah, with a 10-5 victory.
"I was really happy with the way I performed against Ira," said Brown, who was pinned by Ah in the second period on Saturday. "I came in with the wrong approach (on Saturday) and he worked me and beat me like crazy.
"I knew I had to change up my gameplan on how I was going to wrestle and I did that.I wrestled smart and I wasn't trying to tie up as much and worked on my outside shots, just wearing him down."
The Knights got pin from Forrest Riley (106 pounds), Lex Manniere (152), Caleb Bergson (182) and Edgar Zuniga (285).
BOULDER 42, FAIRVIEW 33
106 — Forrest Riley, Fairview pinned Ian Bayus, 1:36; 113 — Brayden Coleman, Boulder won by injury default over Nathan Pawlak; 120 — John Tadlock, Boulder pinned Allen Sease, 4:31; 126 — Steven Marics, Boulder pinned Daniel Torres, 3:48; 132 — Soren Sovndal, Boulder pinned Frankie Contreras, 3:49; 138 — Brock Granberg, Fairview dec. Jake DeBroux, 10-5; 145 — D'Vir Goodman, Fairview dec. Andrew Virden, 8-6; 152 — Lex Mannierre, Fairview pinned Eduardo Duenas, :22; 160 — Septien Martinez, Boulder won by forfeit; 170 — Dimitri Brown, Fairview dec. Ira Ah, 10-5; 182 — Caleb Bergson, Fairview pinned Aaron Halteman, 1:40; 195 — Isaac Parks, Boulder pinned Jeremy Robinson; 220 — Joe Colucci, Boulder won by forfeit; 285 — Edgar Zuniga, Fairview pinned Angel Ocon, 1:02.