LONGMONT — It wasn't exactly how coach Matt Engelking envisioned senior night at Longmont.
A series of unfortunate events off the mat -- from injuries, weather , disciplinary issues -- limited the Trojans to a roster of five guys for their final home dual of the season against Boulder.
"Might as well have that bug hit you now," Engelking said. "But we will get past it."
The Panthers took advantage.
Boulder easily won the dual 58-18 by virtue of eight forfeits, but it was the matches that were wrestled and won by the Panthers that should have some staying power over the final two weeks of the season.
On paper the 182-pound match between Boulder sophomore Liam Henderson and Longmont's Logan Goodner -- ranked No. 4 in the latest Class 4A ranking by On the Mat -- was a bit of a mismatch. But they don't wrestle the matches on paper, and Henderson didn't seem to care about his opponents status among the states elite.
Henderson, who has been battling cold symptoms for the past few weeks, was the aggressor from the get-go and went at Goodner. After a first period take-down, Henderson got Goodner on his back and nearly stuck him in the first period, but was awarded three near fall points for a 5-0 lead.
Henderson wasn't satisfied with that and was up 7-0 before Goodner finally got on the board with an escape. When the dust settled after six minutes, Henderson emerged with an 11-2 major decision.
"The couple of days I had off allowed me to come back better and gave me a chance to clear my mind," said Henderson, who won a title at Fairview's Mike Stanley Invite earlier in the season. "I had a really good start to the season and I felt like I really struggled to find my groove after that. I feel like I've gotten back into that and now hopefully I can maintain it."
Said Boulder coach Gil Espinoza, whose team will be at the Legacy regional a week from Saturday: "He needed that one. I think he'll be ready."
Isaac Parks followed up his teammates win with one of his own at 195 pounds over the Trojans' Domenic Policaro. Parks was taken down early, but a nifty reversal and three near-fall points changed the tide of the match.
He would win by pinfall just 33 seconds into the second period.
The other three matches of the night went to Longmont.
Freshman Drake Engelking, ranked No. 2, got to work on a few things in his 160 pound match against Conner Fry and was up 20-6 before getting the pin at 3:42.
Ben Ahern was on the mat for less than a minute in his 138-pound match against Andrew Stevens, winning by fall in 55 seconds.
Lyons transfer Will Hickman, who has been a pleasant addition to the Trojans room, went just 32 seconds against Soren Sovndal.
"He's been a great leader, he's a hard worker and he's been such a pleasure to have in the room and he has done nothing but increase the room," said Engelking, who watched Hickman take it to Mead's highly ranked Jeremy Ashton on Wednesday night. "I think he has grown as a wrestler and a young man."
Boulder 58, Longmont 18
106 — Ian Bayus, Boulder won by forfeit; 113 — Brayden Coleman, Boulder won by forfeit; 120 — Steven Marics, Boulder won by forfeit; 126 — Will Hickman, Longmont pinned Soren Sovndal, :32; 132 — Jake DeBroux, Boulder won by forfeit; 138 — Ben Ahern, Longmont pinned Andrew Stevens, :55; 145 — Andrew Virden, Boulder won by forfeit; 152 — Jackson Griffith, Boulder won by forfeit; 160 — Drake Engelking, Longmont pinned Conner Fry, 3:42; 170 — Ira Ah, Boulder won by forfeit; 182 — Liam Henderson, Boulder major dec. Logan Goodner, 11-2; 195 — Isaac Parks, Longmont pinned Domenic Policaro, 2:33; 220 — uncontested. 285 — Edgar Carranza, Boulder won by forfeit.