Don’t get Preston McQuade wrong. The Monarch senior wrestler enjoys pins.
There is something internally satisfying, though, about eking out a decision win in a long, grueling battle against an evenly-matched opponent. Such was the case Thursday night, when the 145-pounder outlasted Fairview’s Walter Rose 3-2 in perhaps the keynote moment of the visiting Coyotes’ 45-24 dual win.
“That’s more of my match style, just grinding and getting takedowns,” said McQuade, who joins heavyweight Ian Scott as a returning state qualifier. “Just to keep working for takedowns and points.”
There was another element of satisfaction for McQuade, as well.
“Honestly, it’s just really fun beating your rivals,” he said.
Monarch was not without its pins. The Coyotes registered five in each teams’ final tuneup before Saturday’s Gary Daum Classic. Taylor Dawal started the night with a first-round pin in the 126-pound match, and Steve Ray (170), Landon Waddle (195), Parker McQuade (106) and Cole Polluconi (120) followed suit.
“We knew the way we matched up with them, some of their really talented kids were going to wrestle some of our really talented kids,” Monarch coach Ezra Paddock said. “There was going to be some close ones in there, and I thought our kids wrestled really well.”
Two additional highlight matches included the 132- and 138-pounders. At 132, Monarch’s Caden Feenstra handled Fairview’s Preston Cates in a 6-0 decision.
At 138, Fairview’s surging Cliff Lester held off Ben Ferrera 10-8. That match ended in mild controversy, when it appeared Ferrera had notched the tying points but time had expired.
Monarch also got wins from Nate Prichard (decision) and Scott (forfeit), although Preston McQuade’s triumph stood out as the grittiest.
“We got one good takedown and that was the difference in the match,” Paddock said. “They both like to tie out front with wrists and we got one good set up.”
Fairview came away impressed with the Coyotes’ depth.
“Monarch’s come a million miles,” Fairview coach Jim Lefebvre said. “I told Ezra that a number of years ago, we quit dualing them because they just didn’t have enough on their team. That certainly wasn’t the case tonight. They had plenty.”
Lefebvre took note of Monarch’s earlier dual win against Broomfield and believed that, on paper, his Knights would be fortunate to win a match or two. So he came away delighted that his squad won five, including pins by 160-pounder Dmitri Brown, 182-pounder Daniel Bucnam and Duncan Heath at 220.
Duncan Lester joined his older brother with decision wins for the Knights, notching a 9-3 win over Case Chrisbacher at 113.
“You never want to have anyone take the wood to you, and it was nice to win that matches we were in,” Lefebvre said.
The Knights were shut out from the state tournament last season, but Brown, a transfer from Oregon, and Heath are among the hopefuls. Cliff Lester, Rose and Preston Cates are also among those who figure to make a significant run.
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Monarch 45, Fairview 24
At Fairview HS
126 — Taylor Dawal, Monarch pinned Dvir Goldman, Fairview, 1:23; 132 — Caden Feenstra, Monarch, dec. Preston Cates, Fairview, 6-0; 138 — Cliff Lester, Fairview, dec. Ben Ferrera, Monarch, 10-8; 145 — Preston McQuade, Monarch, dec. Walter Rose, Fairview, 3-2; 152 — Nate Prichard, Monarch, dec. Kaleb Bergeson, Fairview, 5-0; 160 — Dimitri Brown, Fairview, pinned Eric Ruggles, Monarch, 3:37; 170 — Steve Ray, Monarch, pinned Jeremy Robinson, Fairview, 1:24; 182 — Daniel Bucnam, Fairview, pinned Dawson Scott, Monarch 3:52; 195 — Landon Waddle, Monarch, pinned Ethan Kennedy, Fairview, 5:44; 285 — Ian Scott, Monarch, won by forfeit; 106 — Parker McQuade, Monarch, pinned Shane O’Hagen, Fairview, 1:35; 113 — Duncan Lester, Fairview, dec. Case Chrisbacher, Monarch, 9-3; 120 — Cole Polluconi, Monarch, dec. Frankie Gutierrez, Fairview, 3:15.