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Boulder High School's Naiche Downing reacts after being pinned by Fairview High School's Cito Ballsells during their 182-pound match in Boulder on Wednesday. Ballsells won on a pin.
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Boulder High School’s Naiche Downing reacts after being pinned by Fairview High School’s Cito Ballsells during their 182-pound match in Boulder on Wednesday. Ballsells won on a pin.

BOULDER — Fairview 170-pounder James Kiousis spent the past year stewing over last season’s streak-halting loss to Boulder High in the city rivalry wrestling dual.

Winners of the five prior meetings, it was a painful loss. But without that pain in his heart, Kiousis may have lacked the strength to turn what looked like a certain loss into a pin on Wednesday night.

After leading the Knights to a 48-28 dual-meet win over the Panthers, Kiousis said the Knights were all motivated to get back on top after last season’s letdown.

“Last year was my junior year and I was so stoked on getting that next trophy,” Kiousis said. “It was at our own house, too, and we had a packed crowd. Losing like that just makes you set goals for the next season right away. We all worked so hard and it’s so amazing to win it my last year.”

In the second bout, Panthers senior Jack Wichlacz dominated Kiousis throughout the first round and had him dead to rights on the mat before the Knights senior wriggled free. Kiousis capitalized on his new life in the second round and pinned Wichlacz in 2 minutes, 57 seconds.

“It became a fight for survival,” Kiousis said. “I felt him getting tired and it boosted my confidence. I got that escape as the period ended and I realized I had to finish it and set the momentum going our way or it could go downhill quickly.”

Kiousis’ victory was one of five Knights pins. Aaron Poblyweijo (126), Melvin Gutierrez (138), Cito Balsells (182) and Duncan Heath (220) each contributed six-point pins. Cliff Lester won a major decision and Duncan Lester won a decision to help bring the Lynn Daker trophy back to Fairview High.

“That’s the beauty of the city rivalry — it’s fun when it goes back and forth,” Knights head coach Jim Lefebvre said. “It creates a lot of drama, it makes the wrestling exciting and it’s good for the city. As much as it was painful to lose it, it’s nice to get it back.”

As the Knights were pulling away at 42-21 with three matches remaining, Panthers junior 145-pounder Keaton Williams made a statement by emphatically pinning Philip Giomasses in 1:21.

“I thought it would help bring up the team spirit,” Williams said. “I hate losing, individually or as a team. My team is always there to support me so I wanted to support them.” Boulder’s Johannes Klein (152) and Anes Balic (195) pinned their opponents. Martin Selby weighed in at 152 but pinned Brandon Larson in 4:33 at 160. Morgan Reynolds won a 4-0 decision at 113. Panthers gave up forfeits at 120 and 285. Selby said the uncontested losses at the upper weights obviously hurt the Panthers, but the dual loss will provide the team motivation moving forward, much like it did the Knights a year ago.

“We just don’t have much depth in the heavy weights this year,” Selby said. “We also had a couple matches that didn’t go as we expected them to. But everything that happened in this is going to be huge motivation for regionals and the state tournament.”

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106 — Duncan Lester, Fairview, dec. Steven Marics, 10-6; 113 — Morgan Reynolds, Boulder, dec. Jonah Weil, 4-0; 120 — Preston Cates, Fairview, won by forfeit; 126 — Aaron Poblyweijo, Fairview, pinned Jake Harrison, 1:14; 132 — Cliff Lester, Fairview, maj. dec. Joe Harding, 11-2; 138 — Melvin Gutierrez, Fairview, pinned Leete Skinner, 3:35; 145 — Keaton Williams, Boulder, pinned Philip Giomasses, 1:21; 152 — Johannes Klein, Boulder, pinned Angel Avina-Ibarra, 0:51; 160 — Martin Selby, Boulder, pinned Brandon Larson, 4:33; 170 — James Kiousis, Fairview, pinned Jack Wichlacz, 2:57; 182 — Cito Balsells, Fairview, pinned Naiche Downing, 1:35; 195 — Anes Balic, Boulder, pinned Will Sheerin, 0:58; 220 — Duncan Heath, Fairview, pinned Edgar Carranza, 1:06; 285– Ethan Kennedy, Fairview, won by forfeit.