BROOMFIELD — With one month to go in the season, both Monarch coach Ezra Paddock and Broomfield's Pat DeCamillis have their respective teams in a good spot, but both know these next 30 days are the most important of the entire campaign.
On Thursday night, the two squared off in a dual that saw beneficial gains for each side.
"We wrestled about as well as we could tonight," said DeCamillis, after his team dropped a 37-29 decision to the Coyotes. "I like where we are, but at the same time we are where we are and we still have a lot of work to do."
The Eagles, who will be at Centaurus the next few days to compete at the Top of the Rockies, started the night off with a bang. An impressive show from 106 pounder Presley Madril resulted in a 16-1 technical fall over Zach Hacker.
The was followed up with a hard-fought 3-1 decision by Arvada West Invitational champion Brandon Tyson at 113 pounds over Alex Scott.
The dual really started to heat up once the heavier weights came around. Starting at 170 pounds, Broomfield's Connor Ventura, who has been supporting a heavily taped right knee all season during his battle with a case of bursitis, squared off against Monarch freshman Keegan Feenstra.
Ventura, who said it hurt to just kneel down if his knee is not taped as heavily as it is, made a first period take-down and a second period reversal hold up for a 4-0 win.
"I have to re-wrap it a bunch before I wrestle to make sure it doesn't hurt, but once it's done, I don't really feel it during the match," said Ventura, who admits that opponents all year long have gone for the target. "I've definitely noticed guys going for it, but the thing is it only hurt with contact. When they twist it doesn't hurt."
Said DeCamillis, who got pins from Christian Lofton (145) and Zach Walker (182): "(Ventura's) got one goal in mind and that is a state championship. he's doing everything he can to get there. That kid he wrestled tonight, that kids a horse and he's a tough kid."
The tiny Wilkerson Gym reached a fever-pitch during the 195 pound match between Monarch freshman Will Ponder and Adam Forbush.
Ponder was up 6-5 late and hanging on as the clock ticked down, but the official awarded Forbush an escape at the buzzer that sent the match to overtime. Despite the momentum loss, Ponder, quickly rebounded and got a take-down 18 seconds into overtime to end the match.
"I just wanted it more than him. I didn't really think too much, I just went back to my basics," said Ponder, whose teammates will have the weekend off from competition. "When he shot on me, I just followed it and spun around on him."
Broomfield's Noah Dohm won the 220-pound match with a pin of Evan Williams 50 seconds into the second period and it set up a winner-take-all heavyweight match between Monarch's Ian Scott and Broomfield's Mason O'Dell.
Much like he did at the Gary Daum tournament earlier this month, Scott's victory by pinfall in the second period sewed up the victory for the Coyotes.
Other wins of note for Monarch where Xander Rens (120) — who just finished second at a national tournament in Tulsa on Saturday — Parker McQuade (126), Taylor Dawal (138), Caden Feenstra (152) and Nate Pritchard (160).
MONARCH 37, BROOMFIELD 29
106 — Presley Madril, Broomfield tech. fall Zach Hacker, 16-1 (4:45); 113 — Brandon Tyson, Broomfield dec. Alex Scott, 3-1; 120 — Xander Rens, Monarch pinned Levi Diecidue, 3:15; 126 — Parker McQuade, Monarch major dec. Lucus DeBruyne, 14-2; 132 — Cole Polluconi, Monarch won by forfeit; 138 — Taylor Dawal, Monarch dec. Preston Renner, 8-2; 145 — Christian Lofton, Broomfield pinned Porter McQuade, 2:49; 152 — Caden Feenstra, Monarch dec. Drew Worthley, 5-2; 160 — Nate Pritchard, Monarch pinned Krayten Scheer, 3:50; 170 — Connor Ventura, Broomfield dec. Keegan Feenstra, 4-0; 182 — Zach Walker, Broomfield pinned Justin Powers, 2:00; 195 — Will Ponder, Monarch dec. Adam Forbush, 8-6 OT; 220 — Noah Dohm, Broomfield pinned Evan Williams, 3:50. 285 — Ian Scott, Monarch pinned Mason O'Dell, 3:26.