BOULDER — Manny Arellano of Boulder and Soren Robinson of Fairview had the marquee match of Thursday's rivalry wrestling dual between the Panthers and the Knights.
The match would not last long as Arellano scored an early takedown and won in 28 seconds by pin.
Arellano's win followed a similar pattern for the Panthers as they were controlling the action on the feet, scoring the first takedown and working on top to win by pin. The Panthers went on to defeat the Knights 51-27 to take home the traveling trophy in the rivalry.
"We train for two things all year, and that's Fairview and the state tournament," Boulder coach Will LeBoeuf said. "They came out hard and their hearts came out. I wish (Fairview coach Jim) Opperman's team could have come in healthier so this would have been a closer competition."
Joey Airola got the night started at 106 pounds by scoring a quick takedown and staying on top in the first period. To start the second, he chose to start in neutral to score another takedown, one that would lead to him winning by pin shortly after.
Four wrestlers who went past the first period would end up choosing to start in neutral position as the Panthers were aggressive in landing takedowns from their feet.
"We're good starting in neutral (position)," Arellano said. "That might be our favorite spot right now at the start."
Pins from Marcus Borden, Kaleb Oliver and Trayton Tepedelen early saw the Panthers pull ahead to a comfortable lead. In the most competitive match of the night, Marco Deroos faced Avery Jackson in a 145-pound match that saw both score early and often. Deroos ended the match in overtime with a takedown in neutral position for the 9-7 decision for Boulder.
Wins by Jamey Parks and Theron Sovndel put the Panthers one win away from securing the win. That deciding win came from Arellano as he snuck in a early headlock and took Robinson down in seconds on his way to a quick win.
"I was pretty nervous and excited for it," Arellano said. "I felt (the headlock) would work pretty good on him, so I threw it on him. After I got that pin I was pretty happy. I knew that put us over on the scoreboard and I was happy for me and my team."
Arellano added that the team win over Fairview was the first he has seen with the Panthers.
"I'm really speechless right now," Arellano said.
Fairview earns wild wins
While the Knights came up short on the scoreboard, they did earn three hard wins from guys that rallied in their matches.
Jonny Uhlig was taken down early in his match at 132 pounds but managed to get back on top with a reversal and nearly won by pin in the first period. Caught in bottom position again in the second period, another reversal put him on top. This time, Uhlig stayed there and would go on to win by pin in the match.
Ben Cronin was taken down three times at 152 for the Knights but also worked his way back on top. Down 6-3 in the third period, he scored a second reversal in the match and three critical back points to take an 8-6 lead. He gave up a technical point but would stay on top in the final seconds for the 8-7 win.
The final comeback win was Josh Uhlig at 182 pounds. Two takedowns put him behind 4-1, but an opening in the second period allowed him to score a reversal and quick pin off of it for the final win of the night.
Fairview recorded two forfeit wins at 126 and 220 to go with its three wins on the mat.
Boulder 51, Fairview 27
At Fairview High School
106 — Joey Airola, Boulder, pin, Milo Gardner, Fairview, 2:52; 113 — Marcus Borden, Boulder, pin, Dillan Bodmer, Fairview 1:07; 120 — Kaleb Oliver, Boulder, pin, David Trujillo, Fairview, 1:47; 126 — Aidan Sockrider, Fairview, forfeit; 132 — Jonny Uhlig, Fairview, pin, Nathan Neugeboren, Boulder, 2:57; 138 — Trayton Tepedelen, Boulder, pin, Josh Sherritt, Fairview, :49; 145 — Marco Deroos, Boulder, decision 9-7, Avery Jackson, Fairview; 152 — Ben Cronin, Fairview, decision 8-7, Dylan Tepedelen, Boulder; 160 — Jamey Parks, Boulder, pin, Jake Hays, Fairview, 2:52; 170 — Theron Sovndal, Boulder, pin, Eduardo Garcia, Fairview, 2:41; 182 — Josh Uhlig, Fairview, pin, Derek Woolwine, Boulder, 3:22; 195 — Manny Arellano, Boulder, pin, Soren Robinson, Fairview,, :28;220 — Yao Boguhe, Fairview, forfeit; 285 — Damian Ocon, Boulder, pin, Hunter Perkins, Fairview, 1:56.