BROOMFIELD -- It was one year ago that Monarch stunned Legacy in their Front Range League dual.
The Lightning, ranked No. 3 in the state by On The Mat, were bound and determined not to let it happen again.
In one of the most highly anticipated duals of the season within the league, it came down to the last match of the night and Legacy sophomore Drian Hays delivered a 35 second pin to give the Lightning a 39-35 win over the Coyotes.
"I just knew that everything was on the line there and I had to do what it takes," said Hays, whose family moved to Colorado from Wisconsin two years ago.
Said Legacy coach Mike Thompson: "Drian is an intense kid. He still young and we have a few technique things to work on, but he has good intensity and he is strong for his class."
With the knowledge that everything was on the line, Thompson had to calm his 152-pounder down before his match with Porter McQuade.
"I just wanted to slow him down a little bit," Thompson said. "Early in the match, he got a little excited and locked his hands and made junior high mistakes. But when he slows down and starts thinking about what he is doing, we knew he'd be able to do it."
After surrendering the penalty point for the locked hands, Hays regrouped and cradled McQuade into a tough position and sent the Lightning bench into a frenzy.
"I knew that since he was kind of a shorter guy that I had a bit of a reach advantage and that I could stack up some points and maybe get the win," he said.
It was the culmination of an even dual that saw each team win seven matches. Another of the big wins of the night for Legacy came at 285 pounds, where Tui Faamausili once again outlasted his longtime rival Ian Scott 6-4.
"He makes me work and shows me my weak points," said Faamausili, who scored a takedown with 11 second left that proved to be the difference. "He brings out the worst in me and I know I have to work on it."
The Lightning dominated the heavier weights and took advantage of the Coyotes youth. Matt Hebel (182), Nolan Funk (195), Derek Coleman (220) and Faamausili were big for Legacy on Friday night.
The Lightning's captain and Northwestern-bound 138-pounder Ryan Deakin was impressive in his 53 second pin of Taylor Dawal.
It wasn't all doom and gloom for the Coyotes, who will have a quick turnaround and head to the Gary Daum Invite on Saturday at Niwot.
The dual started off with a bang for coach Ezra Paddock's team. He got pins from Nate Pritchard (160) and Keegan Feenstra (170) to jump out to a quick 12-0 lead.
The Coyotes, who won just as many matches as Legacy, gained ground in the lower and middle weights, highlighted by pins from Alex Scott (113) and Cole Polliconi (132) as well as a workman-like major decision from freshman Xander Rens at 120 pounds.
Caden Feenstra gave the Coyotes the lead with an impressive 12-0 major decision of Sam Karlson at 145 pounds to set up the winner-take-all match at 152's.
"We know Legacy is a great team with a great line-up and you want to beat people that you know are good," Paddock said. "Hats off to them, they got us tonight, they are a good team.
"It's exciting when it come down to the last match and we knew it was going to be close. We though whoever got more pins was going to win and they did."
Legacy 39, Monarch 35
106 — Devan Cogil, Legacy pinned Zach Hacker, 1:37; 113 — Alex Scott, Monarch pinned Justin Paplow, 3:05; 120 — Xander Rens, Monarch maj. dec. A.J. VonColn, 10-2; 126 — Parker McQuade, Monarch dec. Mitch Mueller, 8-2; 132 — Cole Polliconi, Monarch, pinned Ryu Sullivan, 1:06; 138 — Ryan Deakin, Legacy pinned Taylor Dawal, :53; 145 — Caden Feenstra, Monarch maj. dec. Sam Karlson, 12-0; 152 — Drian Hays, Legacy pinned Porter McQuade, :35; 160 — Nate Pritchard, Monarch pinned Aiden Funk, 3:21; 170 — Keegan Feenstra, Monarch pinned Nick Pontejos, 1:59; 182 — Matt Hebel, Legacy pinned Dawson Scott, :52; 195 — Nolan Funk, Legacy pinned Justin Powers, 1:26; 220 — Derek Coleman, Legacy pinned Evan Williams, 1:13; 285 — Tui Faamausili, Legacy dec. Ian Scott, 6-4.