BROOMFIELD — Luke Brounstein will never forget Thursday night.
The 106-pound Broomfield freshman was making his varsity debut for the Eagles, filling in for an ill Presley Madril in arguably the biggest dual match of the season against crosstown rival Legacy.
He was down 2-0 late in the second period to the Lightning's Alex Solusod when it happened.
He saw his opportunity and was able to first get the reversal to equalize the match and seconds later had the referee slap the mat to signal his pinfall victory.
"Holy smokes. We praise compete in the room and Luke Brounstein, he competed today," said Broomfield coach Pat DeCamillis, whose team prevailed 35-33 in front of a packed house in the Wilkerson Gym. "I'm so proud of him."
DeCamillis met his freshman at the side of the mat with a celebratory chest bump.
"I can't really remember what happened, but he head was right there and I just pulled it and he went to his back," Brounstein said.
Even as a freshman, Brounstein understood the importance of the rivalry and knew how big his result was.
"This is really cool, especially since I won my first varsity match against Legacy," said Brounstein, who had compiled an 8-4 junior varsity record this season.
It was just the little bit of momentum the Eagles needed to close out the dual. They were down 27-20 entering that match, the pin drew them to within 27-26. Back-to-back wins in the next two weights by Levi Diecidue (113) and fourth-ranked Darren Green (120) sealed the deal.
"We lost a few that we should have won as well that we could have won and overall as a group I was not pleased with how we competed," said DeCamillis, whose team will make the trek to Pueblo this weekend for a tournament. "I think (Legacy coach) Mike (Thompson) had his team really prepared for this match and I did not.
"We were lucky that we had Luke in there and he did his job and it turned out fortunate for us."
The Eagles got a solid victory from Michael Dean Quintana at 138 pounds as well as solid performances from Preston Renner (152), Bryant Walker (195) and Mason Watt.
Watt, ranked No. 2 by On The Mat, was on the mat for just 22 seconds against Lee Biersner.
Legacy's big guns looked impressive as well. No. 3 Aidan Funk went the full six minutes with Drew Worthley at 160 pounds and earned a 7-3 decision. Right after that at 170 pounds, the Lightning's Drian Hays made quick work of Ryan Ruger, winning by pin at 1:04 after amassing 11 points.
Legacy also got pinfall victories from Joey Joiner (126), Mitch Mueller (132) and Brandon Willis (182).
Aaron Baugh scored the lone takedown of the match against Broomfield Tyler Carpenter with 30 seconds left to win 2-1 at 220 pounds.
BROOMFIELD 35, LEGACY 33
106 — Luke Brounstein, Broomfield pinned Alex Solusod, 3:51; 113 — Levi Diecidue, Broomfield pinned Alex Almanza, 1:51; 120 — Darren Green, Broomfield dec. Justin Paplow, 4-0; 126 — Joey Joiner, Legacy pinned Noah Gallegos, 3:53; 132 — Mitch Mueller, Legacy pinned Adam Long, 1:49; 138 — Michael Dean Quintana, Broomfield dec. Dakota Key, 8-5; 145 — Aaron Otterson, Legacy dec. Christian Lofton, 3-1; 152 — Preston Renner, Broomfield tech. fall Nick Pontejos, 22-6 (5:05); 160 — Aiden Funk, Legacy dec. Drew Worthley, 7-3; 170 — Drian Hays, Legacy pinned Ryan Ruger, 1:04; 182 — Brandon Willis, Legacy pinned Zach Zerr, 1:05; 195 — Bryant Walker, Broomfield pinned Josh Beaver, 2:55; 220 — Aaron Baugh, Legacy dec. Tyler Carpenter, 2-1; 285 — Mason Watt, Broomfield pinned Lee Biersner, :22.