LONGMONT — The Frederick High wrestling team isn’t one of the elite few with half a dozen kids ranked in the top 10 state wide. In fact, the Warriors don’t have a single wrestler listed among the top 20 in his weight class.
Though his team has flown under the radar for the entire season, head coach Bobby Matthews still expects his wrestlers to surge to the finish line.
On Thursday, the Matthews’ Warriors got a late-season test of will against a young Skyline High team that is in the exact same position with regionals two weeks away. They passed, winning the dual 40-27.
“We’re getting better,” Matthews said. “The biggest thing tonight was that we saw a lot of heart. For me, I’m just glad we are seeing the kids starting to wrestle their best matches now that we are two weeks out from regionals. We work on trying to peak at the right time and that’s huge.”
Of six contested matches, Frederick won four. But it was a match Frederick lost that exemplified the fighting spirit Matthews is looking for.
At 152 pounds, Skyline’s Jesus Contreras defeated Frederick junior Jonah Sing by a 15-8 margin. The match was never in doubt and Contreras, who is ranked 11th in 4A at 145 pounds by Tim Yount’s On the Mat rankings, dominated the action. Sing, however, went the distance and fended off a major decision.
“He didn’t get pinned,” Matthews said. “That’s a ranked kid and he wrestled him tough for all three periods.”
In the final match of the night, Frederick’s Omar Molina won a 17-7 major decision against Skyline’s Alecsis Ortiz with his team trailing by three points. Molina, normally a 170-pounder, was nearly pinned by Ortiz several times throughout the match. A three-point near-fall with seven seconds left in the third period gave Ortiz the major decision.
“He’s a 182 so he’s a little heavier,” Molina said. “I just gave it my best and he almost got me a couple times. There were a couple times when I was doubting if I could win but I just tried to break him down and score some points.”
Also for Frederick, Bobby Saldi (160) pinned Angel Perez in 1:35 and Shane Briggs (170) pinned Christian Torres in 42 seconds.
Picking up Skyline’s second of two wins, Caleb Morford pinned Jake Frenzel in one minute. Expecting some late-season heroics of its own, especially out of brothers Jesus and Uriel Contreras, the young Skyline team was hoping for a few more wins on Thursday night.
“We’ve definitely still got some growing pains,” Skyline head coach Jacob Terada said. “I think we lost some matches we were definitely in and we just made some young mistakes. That’s kind of been the story of the year so far. We’re just green because we don’t have the mat time.”
Skyline forfeited at 106, 138, 195 and 220. Frederick forfeited at 113 and 120. Both teams were open at 145 and 285.
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Frederick 40, Skyline 27
At Skyline H.S.
Taylor Saldi, Frederick, won by forfeit; 113 —
Uriel Contreras, Skyline, won by forfeit; 120 —
Katja Klingberg, Skyline, won by forfeit; 126 —
Caleb Morford, Skyline, pinned Jake Frenzel, 1:00; 132 —
Isaac Chavez, Frederick, pinned Harold Rodriguez, 0:35; 138 —
Brenden Meuse, Frederick, won by forfeit; 145 —
Open; 152 —
Jesus Contreras, Skyline, dec. Jonah Sing, 15-8; 160 —
Bobby Saldi, Frederick, pinned Angel Perez, 1:35; 170 —
Shane Briggs, Frederick, pinned Christian Torres, 0:42; 182 —
Omar Molina, Frederick, maj. dec. Alecsis Ortiz, 17-7; 195 —
Logan Burdett, Frederick, won by forfeit; 220 —
Michael Castro, Frederick, won by forfeit; 285 —