LONGMONT — It was a wild, unorthodox finish to Thursday’s dual meet between Longmont and visiting Greeley Central.
With Longmont trailing by six going into the final match, Trojans senior 138-pounder Colten Montgomery pinned David Vizcaino in the second period. The win tied the dual at 36, leaving tiebreakers to decide the winner.
Initially, the dual was announced a victory for Longmont. But as the home crowd was filing out, the head coaches discovered the match was actually a 37-36 win for the Wildcats.
Based on the tiebreaking criteria of most six-point wins, the teams were tied with four pins apiece. But the Trojans forfeited the 113-pound weight class, giving the Wildcats another six-point victory and the dual.
“In that case, I’m disappointed,” Montgomery said when he found out the Trojans had actually lost. “I was excited to get that last victory. We don’t beat Greeley Central very much so it felt good to get that last pin I thought we needed to win. I guess we’ll just keep working hard and come back next week.”
In the final match, Montgomery thought he had the pin twice in the first round. But each time, Vizcaino escaped before the pin was awarded.
“I was pretty tired and I just wanted to get it over with, honestly,” Montgomery said. “I just went after him and tried to keep my technique and not get rolled again.”
With the Trojans trailing 36-25 in the match prior to Montgomery’s, Eloy Valdez also needed a pin. The aggressive Trojans sophomore left with a 17-0 technical fall, but only five points for the team.
The match would never even have been tied, however, if Trojans junior 170-pounder Ivan Wolf (ranked eighth in 4A) hadn’t wrestled around a technical fall in the third round to pin Steven McDonald in 5:40.
“We preach to our kids, ‘Win big, lose small,'” Trojans head coach Adam Keiswetter said. “We go out there looking for the pin all the time. Honestly, Ivan Wolf picking up the pin there instead of the tech fall was huge.”
Ranked second in 4A at 182 pounds, Trojans senior Forrest Wetterstrom was disappointed to settle for a 16-2 major decision over Logan Yeadon, ranked ninth in 4A.
At 285 pounds, Chris Palacios worked a prolonged pin over Greeley Central’s Jorge Guerra-Munoz in 5:13.
“We’re both big guys, so we’re not the most productive people,” Palacios said. “He’s a really good wrestler and I’m pretty sure I’ll meet him at state. I just had to fight and I came up on top.”
Trojans junior 195-pounder Jaime Ramos Vega got a pin and Lane Olsen opened the dual with an 8-2 decision over Adam Rojas at 145.
The Trojans led 19-9 through the first six bouts.
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GREELEY CENTRAL 37, LONGMONT 36
At Longmont HS
145 — Lane Olsen, Longmont, dec. Adam Rojas, 8-2; 152 — Donovan Alirez, Greeley Central, pinned Manuel Sanchez, 1:49; 160 — Paul Robison, Greeley Central, dec. Connor Stengel, 21-15; 170 — Ivan Wolf, Longmont, pinned Steven McDonald, 5:40; 182 — Forrest Wetterstrom, Longmont, maj. dec. Logan Yeadon, 16-2; 195 — Jaime Ramos Vega, Longmont, pinned Andres Ortega, 3:28; 220 — Colton Pehringer, Greeley Central, pinned Adam Alonso, 0:32; 285 — Chris Palacios, Longmont, pinned Jorge Guerra-Munoz, 5:13; 106 — Alonzo Smaniergo, Greeley Central, pinned Patrick McDonough, 1:39; 113 — Brandon Rivas, Greeley Central, won by forfeit; 120 — Dominick Archuleta, Greeley Central, dec. Jared Wells, 9-3; 126 — Andrian Behar, Greeley Central, pinned Ben Ahern, 2:12; 132 — Eloy Valdez, Longmont, tech. fall Keaton Sirio, 17-0; 138 — Colten Montgomery, Longmont, pinned David Vizcaino, 2:31.