DENVER — Broomfield's Darren Green is wise beyond his years.
Mere moments after his 5-0 loss to Pomona's Colton Yapoujian in the 120 pound Class 5A final on Saturday night at the Pepsi Center he got it.
"Sometimes the greatest disappointments turn out to be your greatest accomplishments later on," he said. "I just keep working harder and harder, and as the season rolls on I just keep pushing harder and harder."
It is a common wrestling theme that most grapplers learn more from their losses than they ever do from any one victory.
Such will be the case for Green.
On Saturday night, against the Pomona sophomore — who had impressive national showings this year in Reno as well as a title at the Doc Buchanan Tournament in California — Green struggled to get anything going offensively.
Just 40 seconds into the match, Yapoujian took Green down and, for all intents and purposes, made it stand up for the rest of the bout.
"(Colton) has a unique style, one we haven't seen," said Adrian Green, Darren's father — who sat in the corner and served as his son's coach for the match. "But to be in the final as a freshman is something special."
Yapoujian would add a second period escape to go up 3-0 and Green, whose modus operandi all week was to get to the third period and be close. felt good about where he was.
It didn't take long for the lead to grow to 5-0, and Green knew that he had to take some chances ... but they never materialized.
"He just kind of waits a little bit more and I am more of a scrappy kind of guy that wants to get in there and start wrestling," said Green, who capped his first high school season with a 34-8 overall record. "He is quieter and he waits.
"I just have to learn that style and learn from the loss."
It will take a few weeks for the reality of what he just accomplished to set in as well as the questions of a title match that didn't go his way, but in true philosophic fashion, Green understands what he can do.
"I know that I can do a lot of good things," he said. "I just have to come out and keep proving people wrong."
Green was one of three Broomfield placers this year. Preston Renner finished fourth at 152 pounds and 285-pound junior Mason Watt won his fifth-place match 8-3 over Adams City senior Arnulfo Alvarado.