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State wrestling: Mead heavyweight Testroet’s fortunes change quickly

Mead's Nick Testroet, rear, tries to hang on to Lamar's Hector Morales during their 285-pound semifinal bout on Friday night at Pepsi Center.
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Mead’s Nick Testroet, rear, tries to hang on to Lamar’s Hector Morales during their 285-pound semifinal bout on Friday night at Pepsi Center.

DENVER — The margin for error is miniscule at the state wrestling tournament. Sometimes, all it takes is one ill-timed sweep of the legs to turn victory into defeat.

Mead heavyweight Nick Testroet learned just that sort of lesson on Friday, as a move he hoped would change the course of his semifinal bout instead led to Testroet’s doom. The Mavericks senior was pinned by Lamar’s Hector Morales at the 3:08 mark, sending Testroet into the consolation bracket for Saturday’s final rounds of the Class 3A state tournament at the Pepsi Center.

“I threw in the legs when I shouldn’t have,” Testroet said. “I could have hung with him. Now it’s just mental toughness. I have to move past it. It’s over, and tomorrow’s a new day.”

Testroet was the only one of the Mavericks’ seven state tournament entrants to reach the semifinal round, and he battled to a scoreless tie with Morales after the first period of their semifinal bout. Midway through the second period, though, Testroet’s attempt at getting aggressive backfired, leading to a pin by Morales.

“I tried to wear him out as much as I could,” Testroet said. “Hopefully I’d get the bottom and get out and win. It just didn’t happen.”


Despite Testroet’s setback, Mead nonetheless enjoyed a solid day in the consolation bracket.

Mead advanced three of its five entrants out of the second round of consolations. That group included 120-pound sophomore Austin Van Hooker, 152-pound sophomore Kyle Couch, and 170-pound senior Greg Rademacher.

“The physical part is all there, but now it’s such a mental game, being in the back and it’s a one-match tournament,” Mead coach Ty Tatham said. “This is really where you find out who the warriors are on your team.”

Couch’s victory was particularly impressive, especially on the heels of his disappointing quarterfinal loss. Couch, a third-place finisher last year, fell behind 6-0 during his quarterfinal match against Alamosa’s Dakoda Curtis, and also was forced to take a timeout to deal with a bleeding cut on his head.

Couch still nearly rallied to a victory, finally dropping an 8-7 victory before bouncing back with a pin of Strasburg’s Corey Coombs to remain alive in the back draw.

“Kyle, he’s level-headed. He stays balanced,” Tatham said. “He wrestled a great match against a tough kid early in the tournament, but he does a good job of putting those things past him and getting to the next one.”


Silver Creek’s Nate Dunlavy posted three points in the waning seconds to rally past Frederick’s Jaron Balman in the second round of the Class 4A 195-pound bracket. … Tatham missed part of Friday’s early matches in order to attend the final radiation treatment for his 5-year old son Trey, who is battling cancer. … Niwot’s 138-pound senior Nick Stager and Longmont 170-pound junior Forrest Wetterstrom each recorded wins in the second round of the consolation brackets to stay alive.

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