Mead’s Riley Pierce slams Thomas Harton of Skyline during the 160-pound match Wednesday.
Mead's Riley Pierce slams Thomas Harton of Skyline during the 160-pound match Wednesday. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

LONGMONT -- Wrestlers come in in all shapes and sizes, and while you would think that a majority of them come with every single bit of their caged up intensity to the mat each time out, some just aren't wired that way.

That is just the case for Mead's Jeremy Ashton, who admits his laid-back approach can get him trouble sometimes, but so far in his young prep wrestling career, it hasn't been a problem.

The Mavericks sophomore is coming off a fifth-place finish at the state tournament last year and would like nothing more to improve on that this year.

How does he do that?

He may have to channel his inner-Sage Budd, the Mavericks two-time state champion, to ramp up the intensity level another notch.

"I had him as a partner last year and I kind of want more of his intensity, because in practice he would just go so hard and just demolish me," said Ashton of his state champion teammate. "That is kind of what I want to start doing.

"It can be me (when I get on the mat). Sometimes I am just really laid back in my matches and other I'm pretty aggressive, just depends on the match."

On Wednesday night against Skyline, Ashton looked brilliant in the little time he was on the mat against the Falcons' Benjamin Kalisher. His pin in 3 minutes, 30 seconds was one of the many highlights for the Mavericks, who won the dual 51-15.


Ashton, who will eventually settle in at 120 pounds, moved up to 132 pounds on Wednesday night to get some work in before the break. He was up 7-0 after two minutes of work, scoring a takedown and five near-fall points against Kalisher. The lead grew to 12-0 in the second period before he finlly stuck his freshman opponent.

"I feel pretty good right now," Ashton said. "But right now the goal is to do better than last year."

Also winning by pin for Mead were Randy Martinez (120 pounds) and Derrick Allen (285). Senior Bryce Wagner held on for a 3-2 decision at 138 pounds over Miguel Rodriguez.

The shorthanded Falcons roster got a little bit smaller on Wednesday night. Senior Thomas Harton, in his first season on the mat, was slammed hard to the ground by Riley Pierce and suffered a broken right arm.

""It's on of those things that we just kind of have to roll with it," Skyline coach Jacob Terada said. "This is our team, we are going to stick together and we are going to keep wrestling."

To his credit, right after Harton was taken off the mat, sophomore Angel Perez went out and pinned JJ Encinias in 1:23.

"I felt like I needed to win one for him," Perez said. "We are all family."

Skyline also got victories from Brandon Meuse, who scored a 7-6 decision over Jeremiah Cortez at 145 pounds, and junior David Finley. The Montana transfer, who finished runner-up two weeks ago at the Mike Stanley Invitational, made quick work of Tony Romero at 152 pounds.


At Skyline

106 — Uncontested; 113 — Uncontested; 120 — Randy Martinez, Mead pinned Emiliano Rea, 2:40; 126 — Camden Sprague, Mead, won by forfeit; 132 — Jeremy Ashton, Mead pinned Benjamin Kalisher; 138 — Bryce Wagner, Mead dec. Miguel Rodriguez, 3-2; 145 — Brendan Meuse, Skyline dec. Jeremiah Cortez, 7-6; 152 — David Finley, Skyline pinned Tony Romero, 1:13; 160 — Riley Pierce, Mead won by injury default over Thomas Harton; 170 — Angel Perez, Skyline pinned JJ Encinias, 1:23; 182 — Joey Garcia, Mead won by forfeit; 195 — Peyton Howerton, Mead won by forfeit; 220— Jack Gallegos, Mead won by forfeit; 285 — Derrick Allen, Mead pinned Rickey Childers, 1:49.

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