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WINDSOR – Jesse Carlson was the brightest Lightning flashing across the mats Saturday at the Windsor Dual Tournament.

Legacy’s defending Class 5A 152-pound state champion made a 5-0 run through his team’s first tournament of the season. Carlson collected two major decisions and three pins on the afternoon, while surrendering only five points.

And the senior did it all wrestling at 160 pounds, a weight-class up.

“It felt pretty great competing with the heavier kids,” he said. “It was a challenge, especially when I was on top. It tore up my forearms and wore me down. But, good experience.”

Carlson was bumped up a weight after Legacy’s usual 160-pounder, Cody Southard, injured his chest. But the senior showed few faults taking the heavier wrestler’s place in the Lighting’s 3-2 run through the tournament.

His fastest pin of the afternoon came in Legacy’s tightest dual, a 39-35 win against Cheyenne (Wyo.) Central. Carlson pinned Ben Cole in 1:11, but the match the Lightning’s potential first two-time state champion most impressed himself came against Holyoke. Carlson’s highest praises were directed to his 13-3 major decision over Parker Redford.

“I came out slow and he got 3 points on me,” Carlson said. “He caught me off guard, but I was able to put 16-3 win on him. I’m pretty happy about that.”

Due to forfeits, Austin Yurko only wrestled twice Saturday. But on both occasions the Lightning heavyweight took care of business. The bulky senior started the day with a 10-4 win over Thompson Valley’s Jacob Verunda. Then Yurko finished his run with close run with A.J. Poland, edging the Greeley Central wrestler 10-8.

“I just have to work on my cardio,” the Lightning heavyweight said. “That’s the missing piece right now.”

Mike Thompson was pleased with what he saw in his team, especially its scrappiness. The Legacy coach has a slew of younger wrestlers entering the program and all of them showed plenty of fight.

“Everybody has something to work on coming out of this tournament,” Thompson said. “But overall, we had some good showings.”