BROOMFIELD — When last we left Broomfield’s Darren Green, he was walking off the Pepsi Center mats after a discouraging loss in the 120 pound final to Pomona’s Colton Yapoujian.
It’s a match that he has watched a countless number of times since February.
“On the days when I’m feeling kind of lazy, I just think of that,” Green said, “And I just start going again.”
The Eagles sophomore, who starts the season ranked No. 3 by Tim Yount and his On The Mat rankings, is primed for another deep run. On Friday night against Cherry Creek, he was one of five Eagles to score pinfall victories — taking care of the Bruins’ Eddie Sutherland in 1:16.
When the lights came back up in Broomfield’s historic Wilkerson Gym, the scoreboard read 66-15 in favor of the Eagles on a night that featured just eight matches.
Green knows the expectations are high, and living up to them — at least for him — are fairly simple. His approach will not change.
“I’m just going to do the same thing I did last year and go out and wrestle hard and make sure every minute counts,” said Green, whose team will head to Reno next week for The Tournament of Champions alongside fellow BoCo teams Legacy and Monarch. “Keep working, that’s all I gotta do.”
The day-in, day-out grind in what is a very competitive Broomfield room makes that work even more gratifying and the results are already showing up for coach Pat DeCamillis’ 10th-ranked Eagles.
“We have a really good vibe going on right now and our kids are really working together and we are having a lot of fun,” DeCamillis said. “I expect us to get better. We want to keep the records manageable … and you don’t mind some losses, but we want to keep getting better.”
Presley Madril (120), Michael-Dean Quintana (145), Christian Lofton (152) and Drew Worthley (182) all joined Green in the Friday night pin club.
The match of the night didn’t go Broomfield’s way. Senior Preston Renner faced a rematch with the Bruins Kai Blake at 170 pounds. Last year at state in the 152 consolation semifinals, Renner beat Blake 5-1 to advance to the third place match.
On Friday night, Blake (ranked No. 4) scored a takedown with 11 second left against No. 2 Renner to win 6-4.
“It’s really too early to worry about. Preston wrestled a great match and went all six minutes and that’s all you can ask,” DeCamillis said. “Going into it, we knew he was going to give up some weight and he did; but we have to find out a way to get these kids stronger as coaches.
“In the past we were worried about kids cutting weight and this year, not so much. We are worried about keeping them strong and being able to fight in February.”
BROOMFIELD 66, CHERRY CREEK 15
106 — Nick Oline, Broomfield won by forfeit; 113 — Andy Johnson, Broomfield won by forfeit; 120 — Presley Madril, Broomfield pinned Max Franz, 3:46; 126 — Austin Luhring, Cherry Creek pinned Vince Beeson, 5:32; 132 — Kye Cutler, Cherry Creek pinned T.J. Stones, 4:53; 138 — Darren Green, Broomfield, pinned Eddie Sutherland, 1:16; 145 — Michael-Dean Quintana, Broomfield pinned Lincoln Chambers, 3:38; 152 — Christian Lofton, Broomfield pinned Kevin Danfelser, 2:32; 160 — Kai Blake, Cherry Creek dec. Preston Renner, 6-4; 170 — Simon Worthley, Broomfield won by forfeit; 182 — Drew Worthley, Broomfield pinned Nick Kruse, 3:38; 195 — Bryant Walker, Broomfield won by forfeit; 220 — Mason Watt, Broomfield won by forfeit; 285 — Michael DeCamillis, Broomfield won by forfeit.