BROOMFIELD — If you watch enough wrestling over time, even the novice fan can pick out the really good ones.
That same person may have a hard time determining what makes Holy Family’s Joseph Prieto great.
The Tigers senior, who describes his style as “different,” goes about his business on the mat a little differently and that is what makes him so successful.
“I’m not a big move wrestler,” Joseph Prieto said. “I like to scramble and if I find something I like, I use it and if it takes me a while, I’ll keep going for it.”
Joseph Prieto was his usual methodical self on Wednesday night against Windsor’s Caleb Willis, pinning the Wizards’ sophomore in just 1 minute, 2 seconds at 145 pounds.
“It’s been a great season so far,” said Prieto, who team lost to the Class 4A No. 2 ranked Wizards 48-27. “I had a couple of losses, but that happens.”
Prieto lost twice at the Roosevelt duals in December, but also goes to the mat each time with the philosophy that every opponent is going to try and take down the state champ.
“I don’t like losing, but it is a thing thing now where I just go out there and I do what I do and I’m going to keep doing it win or lose,” he said. “Kids have thrown everything they have at me, but I’m going to do the same thing back and give everything I have no matter what.
“I’m going to go out there and wrestle my match and however it ends up, that’s how it’s going to be.”
Julian Prieto was just as quick in his match at 138 pounds, putting freshman Gerald Mack on his back at the 1:22 mark.
Julian Prieto, who has been painfully close to a state title — including a runner-up finish last season at the Pepsi Center — is competing with the knowledge that this is his last chance at glory.
“Every other year I’ve lost to other seniors and now there is no one who can stand in my way,” said Julian Prieto, who admits he is still trying to get used to the move up in weight class. “Just as long as I am able to put in the work.”
The only other highlight for Holy Family on Wednesday night was sophomore Kolsen Welham at 160 pounds. After falling behind early to the Wizards’ No. 6-ranked Micah Fralick, Welham scored a late takedown in the first, added another in the second, and was able to score a reversal in the third for a 7-2 win.
It was a rough night physically for the Tigers, who lost 106-pound freshman Josh Hart to a broken arm early in his match against Nick Tines.
The Tigers are off until next Thursday, when they host their final dual of the season against Frederick on senior night before heading to Florence over the weekend to compete in the Huskies’ Invitational.
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Windsor 48, Holy Family 27
At Holy Family
Nick Tines, Windsor pinned Josh Hart, :24; 113 — Victor Closson, Holy Family won by forfeit; 120 — Skyler Score, Windsor pinned Jacob Good, :23; 126 —
Josh Villa, Windsor pinned Austin Sasser, :42; 132 —
Jeff Farris, Windsor pinned Connor Jimenez, 4:00; 138 — Julian Prieto, Holy Family pinned Gerald Mack, 1:22; 145 —
Joseph Prieto, Holy Family pinned Caleb Willis, 1:02; 152 — Nick Hall, Windsor pinned Kenny Lovato, :27; 160 — Kolsen Welham, Holy Family dec. Micah Fralick, 7-2; 170 — Bryce Bloom, Windsor won by forfeit; 182 — Joe Keller, Windsor pinned Ben Lavioe, 3:30; 195 — Victor Bravo, Windsor won by forfeit; 220 — uncontested. 285 —
Willy Clements, Holy Family won by forfeit.