NIWOT — A moment in time that lasts no longer than the blink of an eye can change your perspective on things.
For Silver Creek heavyweight Jacob Williams, it came last season at the Pepsi Center during the Class 4A state semifinals against Pueblo East's Andy Garcia.
"I got thrown," said Williams, who admits he has played that match over in his head a multitude of times. "It really got to me, and I have been working my butt off this whole year to get back there."
On Saturday afternoon in the finals of the Gary Daum Invitational at Niwot, Williams was at his focused best against a familiar foe in Skyline's Ricky Childers. Just a minute into the match, he got leverage on his Falcons foe and put him on his back for a pinfall victory in 1 minute, 6 seconds.
"At state last year, I was so built up and I was so ready to win and get it done," said Williams, who could get a rematch with Garcia (the eventual champion) next weekend at the talent-heavy Frederick Invitational. "And it was all taken away in one second. I was distracted and he got it."
In what could arguably be one of the best weight classes in the BoCo region, there are four local wrestlers ranked in the top 11 of the latest On The Mat rankings put out by Tim Yount.
Still, Williams is focused on one match at a time and getting better in the final month of the season to make a run at a state title.
"I just want to wrestle my best, and even if there are guys in Longmont that are as good as me, I just have to work as hard as I can to beat them," Williams said.
It was a banner day for Lyons' Bean brothers, Keegan and Karson. The elder, Keegan Bean — coming off a Class 2A state title — was expected to win and did so with relative ease. He won by technical fall, 17-2, against Platte Valley's Ernesto Rios for the 182 pound title.
Moments later, Karson —who is fresh off a ACL injury in the fall football season — made short work of Platte Valley's Roberto Lara with a first period pin at 1:52.
"I wanted to get my first win and get that under my belt and I really didn't think I was going to take first today," said Karson Bean, who posed for pictures with his brother, their medals and legendary coach Linn Long afterwards. "It's a great feeling and it make my knee feel a lot better."
Said Lyons coach Brandon Lohr: "I wasn't sure what to expect and (Karson) is still a little leery about his knee and maybe a little cautious, but he wanted it and he's been aching to get back on the mat."
Holy Family's Hunter Branson was named the tournaments most outstanding wrestler. He scored three pins — including in the finals against Fairview's Brock Granberg in 1:58 — and a tech fall on the way to the 152 pound title.
The other local champion was Frederick's Cole Hoffman at 132 pounds. After taking out Fairvew's Daniel Torres 3-1 in a tough semifinal match, he stuck Boulder's Soren Sovndal at 3:59 in the championship match.
Erie's Zach Roach entered the tournament with a losing record but wrestled hard on his way to the 138 pound final where he lost to Lewis-Palmer's Cole Stephenson 12-6.
Skyline's Alex Ortiz was sporting a nifty 16-0 record against his finals opponent James Hochanadel of Fort Morgan at 220 pounds. Ortiz suffered his first setback of the season, getting pinned in the third period at 5:23.
Lewis-Palmer won the team title with 191 points and Northglenn was second at 182. Skyline was the highest placing local team, finishing fifth with 117 points.
GARY DAUM INVITATIONAL
Team scores — Lewis-Palmer 191, Northglenn 182, Fort Morgan 180, Platte Valley 161, Skyline 117, Elizabeth 101, Frederick 95, Lyons 85.5, Erie 78, Fairview 75, Northridge 70, Silver Creek 65, Longmont 62, Holy Family 46.5, Niwot 42.5, Boulder 39, Holyoke 36.5, Monarch 14.
106 — Dylan McChesney, Northglenn dec. Skyler Hunt, Lewis-Palmer, 7-2.
113 — Tanner Hunt, Lewis-Palmer dec. Kris Kramer, Elizabeth, 7-2.
120 — Noah Vigil, Northglenn dec. Brendan Jones, Fort Morgan, 14-4.
126 — Sam Blackmon, Lewis-Palmer pinned Cael Langford, Fort Morgan, 2:44.
132 — Cole Hoffman, Frederick pinned Soren Sovndal, Boulder, 3:36.
138 — Cole Stephenson, Lewis-Palmer dec. Zach Roach, Erie, 12-6.
145 — Josh Yancey, Platte Valley dec. Spencer Winkel, Elizabeth, 7-0.
152 — Hunter Branson, Holy Family pinned Brock Granberg, Fairview, 1:58.
160 — Abram Leonard, Elizabeth dec. Wyatt Reisener, Platte Valley, 6-0.
170 — Colton Moore, Platte Valley pinned Thomas Palacio, Northglenn, 3:31.
182 — Keegan Bean, Lyons tech fall Ernesto Rios, Platte Valley, 17-2.
195 — Karson Bean, Lyons pinned Roberto Lara, Platte Valley, 1:52.
220 — James Hochanadel, Fort Morgan pinned Alex Ortiz, Skyline, 5:23.
285 — Jacob Williams, Silver Creek pinned Ricky Childers, Skyline, 1:06.
LOCAL THIRD-PLACE MATCHES
106 — Rudy Lopez, Erie dec. Jonah Gardner, Frederick, 3-1 OT.
113 — Cruz Jimenez, Frederick dec. Drew Sandoval, Skyline, 5-0.
126 — Gio Wilson, Longmont dec. Oran Huff, Lyons, 8-2.
132 — Max Voshage, Lewis-Palmer pinned Daniel Torrez, Fairview, 4:42.
138 — Brandon Barton, Niwot pinned Jesus Trejo, Holyoke, 2:01.
152 — Brayden Engelking, Longmont dec. Victor Rangel, Frederick, 3-0.
160 — Cort Cunningham, Northridge dec. Robert Saldi, Frederick, 12-7.
170 — Kayden Lorenzini, Fort Morgan pinned Lex Minniear, Fairview, 3:55.
182 — Bryan Paxton, Fort Morgan dec. Tyler Young, Silver Creek, 2-0.
195 — Daniel Torres, Niwot won by forfeit over Giovanni Benedetto, Lewis-Palmer.
LOCAL FIFTH PLACE MATCHES
106 — Marcus Borden, Boulder pinned Max Miller, Northridge, 2:49.
120 — Grayson Bridwell, Skyline dec. Wyatt Carpenter, Northridge, 7-6.
126 — Jeremiah Gomez, Northglenn pinned Gus Fonseca-Walker, Erie, :53.
132 — Blaine Kallsen, Platte Valley pinned Tanner David, Erie, 2:26.
138 — Leif Neusken, Longmont dec. Porfirio Del Campo, Fort Morgan, 6-4.
145 — Kase Givens, Fort Morgan pinned Joe Szymanski, Holy Family, 2:56.
160 — Caleb Leialoha, Northglenn dec. Soren Robinson, Fairview, 5-2.
170 — Caden Silva, Skyline pinned Cade Burton, Lewis-Palmer, :52.
182 — Angel Perez, Skyline dec. Charlie Cook, Lewis-Palmer, 11-5.
195 — Donaven Palacio, Northglenn pinned Justin Powers, Monarch, 1:56.
220 — Gonzolo Rodriguez, Northridge major dec. Max Ruiz, Silver Creek, 17-6.