LAFAYETTE — There is no reclining in Kyle Couch.
That fact was more than evident in one of the weightiest wins in the wrestler’s career. The Mead junior did not just survive his first trip into the Top of the Rockies Invitational at Centaurus High School on Saturday. The 182-pounder downright thrived in some of the regular season’s most testing brackets.
Couch came out of the four-state invitational a champion, an accolade some wrestlers spend all high school chasing. And even when he was tested at the end, the junior was never caught napping.
“This is a big win for me, real big,” said Couch, who has a perfect 28-0 record on the year. “This was a tough tournament and I got tested.”
Couch survived a tight finals match with Ponderosa’s Corry Williams, outlasting the Class 5A wrestler for a 2-1 decision. The Mead wrestler earned the winning margin when Williams was called for stalling in the third period, a call Couch missed.
“I though it was still 1-1 and I was just shooting for overtime,” he said.
The Maverick’s unawareness of his lead might have been a blessing, given the junior stayed on the attack until the very end. He kept his opponent on his toes and never opened an opportunity to be whistled for stalling.
Couch was far from the only one heartened with the finish. Coach Ty Tatham was also impressed with his wrestler’s acumen when tested and believes he went a long way in sharpening himself for a state run.
“This is a pretty big measuring stick and I think he proved a lot to himself,” Tatham said. “He competed with a lot of the best in 4A and 5A. It showed us we’re on the right track.”
The tournament was a confidence booster for Couch, but his coach hopes the junior gets more out of the Top of the Rockies than just a mental boost. The coach said he felt his wrestler’s run should prove to him that his conditioning and techniques are both dialed in for the postseason.
Even with all Couch achieved at the tournament and the strides he made, Tatham is cautious about it going to his wrestler’s head.
“In three or four weeks, nobody will remember what you did here if you don’t get it done down in Denver,” Tatham said.
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TOP OF THE ROCKIES INVITATIONAL
At Centaurus HS
Grand Island 201.5, Broomfield 194.5, Pomona 160.5, Thompson Valley132, Greeley West 120.5, Rio Rancho 118.5, Rocky Mountain 112, Omaha North 106.5, Ponderosa 106, Mountain Range 90, Windsor 86, Scottsbluff 85.5, Pueblo South 82, Arvada West 75, Roosevelt 71, Cherry Creek 66.5, Brighton 66, Fort Lupton 63.5, Cheyenne Central 60, Alamosa 55.5, Legacy 54, Valley 54, Durango 53, Prairie View 52, Loveland 48, Arvada 45, Fort Morgan 43, Holy Family 43, Mead 33.5, Grand Junction Central 31, Sheridan 25, Denver East 21, Centaurus 2.
106 — Darek Huff, Broomfield, def. Anthony Garza, Greeley West, 8-3.
113 — Drew Romero, Broomfield, maj. dec. Joel Salomon, Windsor, 11-0.
120 — Mitch Finesliver, Cherry Creek, dec. Ladigo Williams, Rio Rancho (NM), 3-2.
126 — Emilio Martinez, Greeley West, dec. Zach Finesilver, Cherry Creek, 6-0.
132 — Colton Adams, Scottsbluff (Neb.), dec. Bryce Meredith, Cheyenne Central, 5-2.
138 — Jace Lopez, Roosevelt, dec. Andrew Rojas, Grand Island, 6-2.
145 — Phil Downing, Broomfield, def. Miguel Barreras, Rio Rancho, 3-1.
152 — Billy Thompson, Grand Island (Neb.) maj. dec. Randy Boerner, Mountain View, 14-0.
160 — JaVaughn Perkins, Omaha North, pin Archie Colgan, Pomona, 5:59
170 — Zach Stodden, Broomfield, def. JaCobi Jones, Omaha North, 11-9.
182 — Kyle Couch, Mead, dec. Corry Williams, Ponderosa, 2-1.
195 — Garet Krohn, Arvada, tech fall Chase Reis, Grand Island, 19-4.
220 — Hunter Reinert, Pueblo South, pin Connor Eakes, Broomfield, 2:16
285 — Austin Waterman, Greeley West, pin Tony Martinez, Rocky Mountain, 3:15.
106 — Michael Ramirez, Pueblo South, dec. Ryan Deakin, Legacy, 6-0.
113 — Travis Torres, Pomona, dec. Brandon Leyba, Rio Rancho, 2-0.
120 — Neff Malouff, Alamosa, dec. Levi Maes, Sheridan, 9-2.
126 — Payton Tawater, Arvada West, maj. dec. Brandon Madril, Pomona, 11-0.
132 — Raymond Robledo, Pomona, dec. Tanner Williams, Thompson Valley, 6-2.
138 — Taylor Bergquist, Arvada West, def. Austin Marvel, Pomona, 6-2.
145 — Torry Williams, Ponderosa, def. Alec Wyatt, Prairie View, 6-5.
152 — Ethan Wright, Pomona, dec. Nick Tarpley, Durango, 7-4.
160 — Francisco Marquez, Thompson Valley, def Vinny Gonzales, Windsor, 8-4.
170 — Jose Ceballos, Grand Island, win by default Dylan Gable, Ponerosa.
182 — Joel Hernandez, Brighton, def. Cosme Martinez, Windsor, 3-0.
195 — D.J. Zissimos, Broomfield, def. Toby McBride, Fort Morgan, 8-1.
220 — Edgar Silva, Grand Island, pin Jacob Orneals, Fort Lupton, :59.
285 — Jorge Rodriguez, Mountain Range, pin Andrew Aratani, Scottsbluff (Neb.), 1:40.
106 — Tomas Gutierrez, Pomona, maj. dec. Cruz Delacruz, Scottsbluff (Neb.), 12-2.
113 — Keegan Hessler, Scottsbluff (Neb.), def. Ruben Lucero, Valley, 4-2.
120 — Dante Rodriguez, Grand Island (Neb.), def. Julian Prieto, Holy Family, 7-4.
126 — Danny Murphy, Rocky Mountain, def. Joseph Prieto, Holy Family, 8-4.
132 — Shedrick Boyd, Greeley West, def. Ben Drysdale, Rocky Mountain, 6-1.
138 — Roman Ortiz, Rocky Mountain, def. Jacob Gerken, Fort Morgan, 4-3.
145 — Danny Clark, Rocky Mountain, def. Sabian Harsh, Scottsbluff (Neb.), 7-2.
152 — Nick Nira, Thompson Valley, winner by default, Michael Fanning, Rocky Mountain.
160 — Connor Casady, Legacy, def. Joel Geers, Mountain Range, 5-2.
170 — D.J. Vurciaga, Fort Lupton, winner by default Tony Silva-Bussey, Arvada West.
182 — Dalton Weis, Loveland, win by default Gunner Robinson, Alamosa.
195 — DeValon Whitcomb, Omaha North, def. Robert Salgado, Rio Rancho (NM), 2-1 2OT.
220 — Jacob Winter, Windsor, maj. dec. Brock Howes, Arvada, 14-6.
285 — Matt Isaacs, Thompson Valley, pin Juan Medina, Grand Island, 2:56.
LOCAL SEMIFINALS MATCHES
106 — Darek Huff, Broomfield, def. Tomas Gutierrez, Pomona, 7-6.
113 — Drew Romero, Broomfield, def. Brandon Leyba, Rio Rancho (NM), 2-0.
120 — Ladigo Williams, Rio Rancho, def. Julian Prieto, Holy Family, 5-3.
145 — Phil Downing, Broomfield, tech fall Torry Williams, Ponderosa, 15-0.
160 — Archie Colgan, Pomona, def. Connor Casady, Legacy, 3-1.
170 — Zach Stodden, Broomfield, def. D.J. Vurciaga, Fort Lupton, 6-1.
182 — Kyle Couch, Mead, def. Gunner Robinson, Alamosa, 8-4.
195 — Garet Krohn, Arvada, tech fall D.J. Zissimos, Broomfield, 20-3.
220 — Connor Eakes, Broomfield, def. Edgar Silva, Grand Island, 4-3.
LOCAL QUARTERFINAL MATCHES
106 — Michael Rameriez, Pueblo South, def. Ryan Deakin, Legacy, 7-2; Darek Huff, Broomfield, def. Cruz Delacruz, Scottsbluff (Neb.), 5-2.
113 — Drew Romero, Broomfield, pin Keegan Hessler, Scottsbluff (Neb.), 1:27; Brandon Leyba, Rio Rancho (NM), def. Vincent Casados, Holy Family, 6-3.
120 — Julian Prieto, Holy Family, pin Levi Maes, Sheridan, 2-1.
126 — Emilio Martinez, Greeley West, pin James Wells, Broomfield, 2:44; Bandon Madril, Pomona, maj. dec. Joseph Prieto, Holy Family, 11-3.
145 — Phil Downing, Broomfield, pin Austin Zuniga, Pueblo South, 1:42.
160 — Connor Casady, Legacy, def. Jordan Lara, Rio Rancho, 6-4.
170 — Zach Stodden, Broomfield, def. Logan Follow, Cheyenne Central, 3-2.
182 — Kyle Couch, Mead, maj. dec. Alex Munoz, Prairie View, 11-1.
195 — D.J. Zissimos, Broomfield, def. Toby McBride, Fort Morgan, 5-4.
220 — Hunter Reinert, Pueblo South, maj. dec. Daniel Jansen, Holy Family, 14-1. Connor Eakes, Broomfield, def. Austin Seeba, Loveland, 6-2.
285 — Jorge Rodriguez, Mountain Range, maj. dec. Austin Harris, Broomfield, 8-0.