BOULDER — Three years ago as a freshman, Fairview’s Jackson Martin came up with a surprise pin in the final match of the annual cross-town rivalry dual with Boulder High that won the meet for his team by one point.
Knights head coach Jim Lefebvre brought a laminated printout of the Daily Camera article from that night to Wednesday’s rivalry series dual to remind Martin and the Knights of his heroic headlock pin from three years ago. Lefebvre had no idea it was about to happen all over again.
With the Knights leading by four points, Martin took the mat for the 145-pound finale needing to keep from being pinned to win. Instead, he used the same move in the same pressure position he was in as a freshman to get his team a similar result, a 40-30 win.
“This is the Boulder dual so I was definitely fired up,” Martin said. “It was really cool that it ended up that way because it’s my senior year and this was a big win. I didn’t expect to end up back in the headlock just like my freshman year but that was really cool.”
With the pressure on, Martin didn’t waste any time in cementing the Knights’ win, pinning Boulder’s Ryan Travis in 31 seconds.
True to form at Southern Hills Middle School on Wednesday, the annual dual between the cross-town rival the Boulder High and Fairview High wrestling teams for the Lynn Daker Trophy has been an unpredictable, back-and-forth contest in recent years. Fairview won last season. Boulder won the year before that. Fairview won the year before that. Twice since 2011, the dual has been decided by one point.
The latest installment of the rivalry was tied three times. A Boulder forfeit tied it at 18-18 and Boulder’s 113-pounder Morgan Reynolds tied it at 24-24 with a 6-4 overtime win over Duncan Lester. Fairview’s Preston Cates tied the dual at 30-30 through 12 bouts by pinning Joe Harding at 132 pounds before 138-pounder Cliff Lester gave the Knights the lead with a 12-4 major decision over Samuel Alipour-Fard.
“We did the math ahead of time and we knew it was going to be a battle,” Lefebvre said. “It was a great job and a great team effort. Jackson Martin closed it out but we had a bunch of big performances tonight to get this win.”
Highlighting the Panthers’s evening, senior Martin Selby, who is ranked sixth in 5A by Tim Yount’s On the Mat rankings, backed up his preseason ranking by pinning Fairview 160-pounder Zach Gregory in 34 seconds.
Since the Lynn Daker Trophy series started in 1998, Fairview has won 14 times and Boulder has won four times. First-year head coach Gil Espinoza, a Boulder High graduate, said he was proud of the way the Panthers competed despite giving up 12 points with forfeits at 106 and 220.
“It was a great dual. My kids were motivated, not one of them quit and a couple of them got caught,” Espinoza said. “The thing I feel pretty great about is that we pretty much beat them on the mat. I wish we had two more wrestlers, a 106-pounder and a big man. But it was a great dual and Fairview is a great team. They were very gracious and I’m proud of my men.”
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Fairview 40, Boulder 30
At Southern Hills M.S.
106 — Tommy Frink-Preitauer, Fairview, won by forfeit; 113 — Morgan Reynolds, Boulder, dec. Duncan Lester, 6-4 (OT); 120 — Steven Marics, Boulder, dec. Frank Gutierrez, 3-2; 126 — Soren Sovndal, Boulder, dec. Skyler Calderoni, 8-2; 132 — Preston Cates, Fairview, pinned Joe Harding, 4:52; 138 — Cliff Lester, Fairview, maj. dec. Samuel Alipour-Fard, 12-4; 145 — Jackson Martin, Fairview, pinned Ryan Travis, 0:31; 152 — Keaton Williams, Boulder, pinned Caleb Bergeson, 2:49; 160 — Martin Selby, Boulder, pinned Zach Gregory, 0:34; 170 — Dimitri Brown, Fairview, pinned Jo Klein, 2:59; 182 — Aaron Halteman, Boulder, pinned Daniel Bucknam, 3:42; 195 — Braden McElhaney, Fairview, pinned Joe Colucci, 1:53; 220 — Duncan Heath, Fairview, won by forfeit. 285 — Edgar Carranza, Boulder, dec. Ethan Kennedy, 7-4.