It will be a moment that Centaurus senior Forrest Lalaguna will replay over and over in his head ... likely for years to come.
The Warriors heavyweight was on the brink of ending the once legendary wrestling schools long championship drought, but with four seconds left in the title match against Fruita Monument's Clayton Voytilla it slipped away. Voytilla and Lalaguna got tangled up on the edge of the mat and it was Voytilla that made the most of it, circling for the two points and a 3-1 victory.
"I don't know what I was thinking. It was a tough position and a scramble," lalaguna said. "And he came out on top."
Lalaguna, a three-time regional champion for the Warriors, had last faced Voytilla in the regional final in 2015. The Wildcats senior had drastically changed, but nothing that struck fear into Lalaguna.
Like most heavyweight match, it was low scoring and Lalaguna tied it at 1-1 with 1:23 with an escape. He stayed the aggressor throughout, trying to make the most out of the limited shots the defensive Voytilla would allow.
It was the last one that would ultimately catch him.
"It was a scramble and that sort of thing happens," said Centaurus coach Cisco Gonzales, who had nothing but praise for his outgoing senior. "He wrestled his butt off."
Lalaguna has kept his options open for next season and has drawn interest from Otero Junior College -- which is starting a program next year -- and from Grand Canyon University.