Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer
Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer
BOULDER — Duncan Heath was proudly clinging to the Lynn Daker Trophy.
It was a year ago that the Fairview senior was sidelined with a torn labrum and could only sit and watch as its crosstown rival from Boulder laid claim to the annual bragging rights.
On Thursday, he got his chance to have his say. Heath bumped up from his regular 220-pound weight class to 285 and in the first match of the night, he pinned the Panthers’ Angel Ocon and set the tone for the Knights, who went on to win 48-30 .
“It means a lot to tell you the truth,” Heath said. “Watching us lose and me not being able to do anything about it, really hurt me on the inside.
“So it feel really great to get back out and wrestle for my team and get a win that ultimately led to a Fairview victory.”
What Heath — who stepped up out of necessity for first-year Knights head coach Jim Opperman — gave up in pounds to Ocon, he more than made up for in speed. He scored a first period takedown and was up 2-1 going to the second.
Midway through the second he finally found the necessary leverage to get Ocon on his back and from there, he was able to score the six-point fall.
“When I wrestle, for me it is all about reflex and I try to use whatever I can whether it is strength, speed or smarts,” said Heath, whose team will be a part of the 63-team Old Chicago Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament starting Friday at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.
“And try to really not think about anything, or worry about much. If I get down, I don’t care, because I know I am going to do my best to come back and win it.”
It was the first of four pinfall victories for Fairview, including a speedy 29 second match for Frankie Gutierrez at 138-pounds over Jamey Parks.
At 145 pounds, Fairview’s Brock Grandberg and Boulder’s Steve Marics met for the second time this season and again it was Grandberg who prevailed.
Grandberg beat Marics 5-1 at the Mike Stanley Invitational in what he called a “sloppy” match and won 5-0 on Thursday night.
“I kind of knew what he was trying to do and I knew this week he be back for more and be more aggressive than two weeks ago,” Grandberg said. “There was a little bit more pressure today.”
Coach Opperman, who has been a part of more than his fair share of crosstown rivalry duals over his tenure as a head coach all over the state, was more than aware of the importance of Thursday night and he had his guys fired up and ready.
“It’s so early in the season and you can’t really make it bigger than what it is,” he said. “But you also can’t overlook it. We prepared like we always do, but we talked about the importance of it and the things we needed to do to have success to come away with a ‘W’.”
Boulder recorded four wins by pin as well. Brayden Coleman (120 pounds), Soren Sovendal (132), Ira Ah (170) and Liam Henderson (195).
“I think we are doing really well with what we have,” said Panthers coach Gil Espinoza, whose team will be at Cherokee Trail on Saturday for the Cougars’ Holiday Dual Tournament. “We just have to get the kids in here and we’ll be fine.”
FAIRVIEW 48, BOULDER 30
Forrest Reilly, Fairview won by forfeit; 113 —
Bryce Myers, Boulder won by forfeit; 120 —
Brayden Coleman, Boulder pinned Hunter Harless, 4:21; 126 —
Daniel Torres, Fairview pinned Dylan Tepedelen, 2:39; 132 —
Soren Sovendal, Boulder pinned Zack Klaus, 2:37; 138 —
Frankie Gutierrez, Fairview pinned Jamey Parks, :29; 145 —
Brock Grandberg, Fairview dec. Steve Marics, 5-0; 152 —
David Torres, Fairview dec. Emmit Fehlau-Barton, 9-3; 160 —
Soren Robinson, Fairview won by forfeit; 170 —
Ira Ah, Boulder pinned Lex Minniear, 1:57; 182 —
Skylar Payton, Fairview pinned Sebastian Campos, 1:38; 195 —
Liam Henderson, Boulder pinned Jayden Flores, 1:58; 220 —
Jose Zavala, Fairview won by forfeit; 285 — Duncan Heath, Fairview pinned Angel Ocon, 2:57.