BROOMFIELD — Peyton Howerton was gassed.
For nearly six minutes on Thursday night, the Mead senior was locked in an epic struggle with Holy Family's Cade Carter at 195 pounds.
"I was so exhausted," he said. "I didn't realize how out of shape I really was."
But Howerton found enough in the tank at the start of the second overtime to put Carter on his back and score a rare pin at 7 minutes, 9 seconds. It was the highlight for the Mavericks, who rallied for a 45-24 win over the new-look Tigers under the direction of coach Nestor Pino.
"A match like that teaches me what I have to do and how hard I have to go in practice to get into shape and get ready for those overtime matches," Howerton said. "They don't always happen, but when they do, you've got to be ready for them."
It was an interesting match, that Carter — one of the Holy Family football players that was challenged to join the sport by Tigers coach Mike Gabriel — forced into overtime by nabbing a penalty point late in the third period.
Neither wrestler was able to score in the first overtime that started in the neutral position. Carter started the second overtime on top, but Howerton quickly turned the tables and got Carter on his back to score the valuable six team points.
""I think he found out he has a little more gas in the tank than he thought," Mead coach Ty Tatham said. "He just stuck to his game plan. He didn't make a lot of mistakes and forced the other guy to make mistakes and it ended up paying off for him."
After a slow start, the Mavericks gained confidence and won five of the final six matches that were contested.
Mead got pins from Conrad Burgesser (170), Peyton Howerton (195), Jack Gallegos (220) and Jeremiah Cortez (138), who was saved by the bell in his match against Anthony Woods.
Woods was initially awarded a pinfall, but it was later determined that it came after the buzzer.
Bryce Wagner also scored a interesting 11-7 victory at 132 pounds, benefitting from four penalty points against Holy Family's Jacob Good.
The improving Tigers got wins from Connor Jimenez (145), Owen Keaser (160) and from their lone returning state placer, Kolsen Welham, at 182 pounds.
"They are definitely hard working and they do anything I ask," said Pino, who was tagged with resurrecting the program in the spring. "They work their butts off, so that is all I can ask."
MEAD 45, HOLY FAMILY 24
At Holy Family
106 — Uncontested; 113 — Uncontested; 120 — Randy Martinez, Mead won by forfeit; 126 — Jeremy Ashton, Mead won by forfeit; 132 — Bryce Wagner, Mead dec. Jacob Good, 11-7; 138 — Jeremiah Cortez, Mead pinned Anthony Woods, 4:24; 145 — Connor Jimenez, Holy Family pinned Aren Roybal, :40; 152 — Adam Hamilton, Holy Family won by forfeit; 160 — Owen Keaser, Holy Family pinned Evan Hansen, 3:33; 170 — Conrad Burgesser, Mead pinned Mitchell Guyot, 3:27; 182 — Kolsen Welham, pinned Joey Garcia, 1:30; 195 — Peyton Howerton, Mead pinned Cade Carter, 7:09; 220 — Jack Gallegos, Mead pinned Sean Willden, 2:33. 285 — Derrick Allen, Mead won by forfeit.