BROOMFIELD — If it would have finished the way it started, the Legacy wrestling team would have donned broader smiles and been issued less of a reminder of the lengthy weight-room hours to come.
As it was, the Lightning’s 40-32 nonleague dual win against Lakewood on Thursday night contained plenty of prime moments for the home team. But after clinching the win when Connor Casady erupted late for a major decision win against Lakewood 160-pounder Derek Garcia, the Lightning dropped the final four matches.
Included was something of a shocker, as Legacy’s beastly 220-pounder Skylar McWee endured a rare pin at the hands of Lakewood’s Nick Debryun.
“I’ll be surprised if he loses another match the rest of the season,” Legacy coach Mike Thompson said.
McWee, who was pinned at the 5:01 mark, endured a shoulder injury last month in a tournament at Denver North and was making his first return to the mat.
“No more losses, period,” McWee said. “The guy was good, I’ll give him the respect, but I was off my game tonight. Coming off the shoulder injury, I haven’t been working out for a few weeks. I was gassed, I’m not gonna lie.”
With the night beginning at heavyweight so McWee could close, Legacy started brilliantly. Heavyweight Logan Lyons and 106-pounder Ryan Deakin recorded opening-round pins, then Donovan Cogil’s 13-1 major decision put the Lightning up 16-0 early.
By the time Brian Mooney and Cole Randall recorded pins of their own, following wins by Omar Rodriguez (7-6) and Adam Otterson (15-0), Legacy was leading 36-6.
This was the basketball equivalent of entering the fourth quarter up 90-60 and watching your opponent make it look respectable by the end.
“It does hurt a little bit, honestly,” Casady said. “We were handling them. Some of us just need to work a little harder so we can beat teams we should, not by a little but by a lot.”
Casady seemed to heed his own advice in the 160-pound match. He led Garcia only 2-0 after the first period but ended up triumphing 11-0 with a late flurry.
“After the first period, I just had to wind him,” Casady said. “I just got on top of him and my plan was to ride him for just about 3 minutes, which I did. After I got him tired, I just capitalized on it.”
The closest match of the night was at 170, where Lakewood’s Dylan Tucker outlasted the Lightning’s Mike Fair 5-3 in overtime. Tucker dramatically tied the match in the waning moments of regulation.
In fairness, part of Legacy’s late digression was due to having a vacant spot at 195. Regardless, Thompson liked the start better than the beginning. He’s hoping for the opposite when viewing the season as a whole.
“We’re going in the right direction,” he said. “We have to get a couple guys back into shape after the long break, but we’ll be ready for regionals and state.”
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Legacy 40, Lakewood 32
At Legacy HS
Hwt — Logan Lyons, Legacy, pinned Drew Strong, Lakwood, 1:50; 106 — Ryan Deakin, Legacy, pinned Ben Garrett Lakewood, :53; 113 — Donovan Cogil, Legacy, major dec. Austin Harp, Lakewood, 13-1; 120 — Isaac Dinette, Lakewood, pinned Justin Rheinhumer, Legacy, 4:23; 126 — Omar Rodriguez, Legacy, dec. Seth Hogan, Lakewood, 7-6; 132 — Adam Otterson, Legacy, tech. fall James Nickle, Lakewood, 15-0; 138 — Brian Mooney, Legacy, pinned Chris Miskel, Lakewood, 1:23; 145 — Cole Randall, Legacy, pinned Paul Tapia, Lakewood, 3:04; 152 — Peter Enockson, Lakewood, tech. fall David Dentino, Legacy, 16-1; 160 — Connor Casady, Legacy, major dec. Derek Garcia, Lakewood, 11-0; 170 — Dylan Tucker, Lakewood, dec. Mike Fair, 5-3 (ot); 182 — Diego Ulibarri, Lakewood, pinned Marke Gjestvany, Legacy, 2:18; 195 — Joey Garcia, Lakewood, won by forfeit; 220 — Nick Debryun, Lakewood, pinned Skylar McWee, Legacy, 5:01.