BROOMFIELD — It has been a spell since Nick Babcock wrestled his last match. But the top-ranked Broomfield 152-pounder has accumulated little rust in his month of down time.
The senior dominated his first match since his Dec. 17 Northern Colorado Tournament championship — wrestling a weight up Thursday in Wilkerson Gym. Babcock was too much for Lowell Knapp, outmatching the Mountain View 160-pounder for a tech fall.
The 19-2 drubbing Babcock handed out in his team’s 70-9 win might have shocked the Lions, but came as little surprise to Babcock. Missing live action lately did not equate to the senior — who won by forfeit in last week’s Silver Creek dual — resting on his laurels.
“I looked at it as a time to pick it up,” Babcock said. “I lifted a lot more and tried to get my strength back up to where it was at the beginning of the season.”
Babcock had a number of opportunities to pin Knapp, putting the 160-pounder in four separate pin moves. But each time it appeared the Eagle would win the match he’d allow the Mountain View wrestler out before the referee slapped the mat.
“I wanted to keep the match going, get a little workout and get some of the butterflies out before this new part of the season gets going,” he said.
The Eagles had a strong showing in the team’s second match out of Christmas vacation. Broomfield collected six pins and two tech falls on the evening, an impressive feat given recent practice circumstances.
The team has missed mat time for the past week due to what coach Joe Pereira described as a skin condition hitting the wrestling room.
“We’ve had this great weather lately, so we’ve been able to work out on the track,” the coach said. “So I think tonight was good, our legs were there and we went for the kill.”
Broomfield’s dermatological problems cost the team two wrestlers Thursday. But the team didn’t suffer in their absence.
Jonathon Stelling collected Broomfield’s other tech fall of the evening, with the 10th-ranked 126-pounder beating Austin Dunbar 16-1. And Josh Medina came up with the Eagles’ fastest fall, pinning Mason Barber in 1:26.
It was, however, Broomfield’s only loss of the evening that provided one of the dual’s most exciting matches.
Jarod Albo struck early against Mountain View’s eighth-ranked 132-pounder Matt Combs, but could not finish the upset. Combs won 8-2.
The Eagle got the upper hand at the start of the second off a reverse and remained in control of the match until the final minute of the period. But Combs turned the tables in the final minute, making a steady comeback. Albo fought hard, but was never the same after fighting a bout of sickness in the third.
“I don’t think he hydrated properly,” Pereira said. “It threw him. He started cramping up pretty quickly after he took the lead.”
Broomfield 70, Mountain View 9
At Broomfield HS
152 — Connor Onban, Broomfield, winner by forfeit; 160 — Nick Babcock, Broomfield tech fall Lowell Knapp, 19-2; 170 — Alex Aten, Mountain View winner by forfeit. 182 — Josh Medina, Broomfield pinned Mason Barber, 1:24; 195 — Austyn Harris, Broomfield pinned Thomas Watkins, 2:28; 220 — Conner Eakes, Broomfield winner by forfeit. 285 — Theodore Robison, Broomfield winner by forfeit; 106 — Derek Huff, Broomfield winner by forfeit; 113 — Dylan Alvarez, Broomfield pins Randy MacDonald, 1:39. 120 — Michael Quinn, Broomfield, pinned Tannen Brand, 1:29; 126 — Jonathon Stelling, Broomfield, tech fall Austin Dunbar, 16-1; 132 — Matt Combs, Mountain View dec. Jarod Albo, 8-3; 138 — Phil Downing, Broomfield pinned Jon Hernandez, 1:47; 145 — Zach Stodden, Broomfield, pinned Jeremiah Clymer, 2:14.