BROOMFIELD — Broomfield coach Pat DeCamillis has been at it a long time in the state of Colorado and forgotten more wrestling than a majority of his kids have witnessed.
On Thursday night in a charged up Wilkerson Gym against Class 5A’s No. 3 ranked Monarch, the coach called his teams 37-23 win, “one of the proudest moments that I’ve had, because (Monarch) is a good team.”
In what was a chess match between the coaches that began at the opening coin toss to determine who had to report their wrestler first in each match, line-up were not official until the kids themselves reported to the table and took the mat.
The match started at 145 pounds and Monarch coach Ezra Paddock sent out his big guns Cole Polluconi (who wrestled up a weight class) and Parker McQuade to set the tone.
Both guys won — Polluconi 6-3 over Michael Dean Quintana and McQuade 7-3 over Christian Lofton — but had to go the full six minutes to do so.
“It’s going to make them better, and with Cole wrestling up a weight — and I know their kids and they know ours, Lofton is a top 10 kid,” said Paddock, whose team will be at the loaded Arvada West tournament on Saturday. “Cole knew he was going to have to wrestle solid to beat (Michael Dean, who just finished second at Fort Collins), so it was a good push.
“We search the best competition we can for February and that is why we travel and go to these big tournaments and we are going to find the best matches in these duals too.”
Broomfield, which was loading up vehicles after the match for a trip to Kearney, Nebraska and the Midwest Duals this weekend, won the next six matches in impressive fashion.
After Antonio Welch-Soto’s 11-2 major decision of Landon Sibley, No. 2 Preston Renner scored a a huge top-10 victory over No. 6 Nate Pritchard 6-2 at 170 pounds.
“I could tell all week the way DeCamillis was practicing us and yesterday as he was talking to us, I could just see it in him how bad he wanted it,” said Renner, whose buzzer beating two point takedown at the end of the second period proved crucial. “The past two years we lost for one reason or another, so we wanted to win this pretty badly.”
Three straight pins by Drew Worthley (182), Bryant Walker (195) and Mason Watt (220) had the Eagles faithful in a frenzy and ran the team score to 25-6. Then heavyweight Tyler Carpenter stepped up and scored a huge 3-2 decision over Will Ponder, who is ranked No. 4 at 220 pounds but wrestled up on Thursday night.
“That is the definition of competing right there and every single one of them did that tonight,” said DeCamillis, who got a huge victory by Presley Madril, 2-1, over Ryan Kuykendall at 113 pounds. “Michael Dean set the tone for us against Cole, who is one of the top kids in the nation.
“It shows the character of this program the way we showed up and wrestled tonight. We don’t have guys showing up on our doorstep, but we are going to compete every time and I’m just so proud of these guys.”
After Monarch’s Zach Hacker scored the lone pin of the night for the Coyotes, Broomfield closed out the match with hard fought victories from Darren Green, 6-0 over Aidan Quinn, and Beau Hostler — 6-2 over Alec Jaramillo.
BROOMFIELD 37, MONARCH 23
145 — Cole Polluconi, Monarch dec. Michael Dean Quintana, 6-3; 152 — Parker McQuade, Monarch dec. Christian Lofton, 7-3; 160 — Antonio Welch-Soto, Broomfield major dec. Landon Sibley, 11-2; 170 — Preston Renner, Broomfield dec. Nate Pritchard, 6-2; 182 — Drew Worthley, Broomfield pinned Alexx Tapia, :49; 195 — Bryant Walker, Broomfield pinned Justin Powers, 2:48; 220 — Mason Watt, Broomfield pinned Calvin Williams, :36; 285 — Tyler Carpenter, Broomfield dec. Will Ponder, 3-2; 106 — Vince Cornella, Monarch won by forfeit; 113 — Presley Madril, Broomfield dec. Ryan Kuykendall, 2-1; 120 — Alex Scott, Monarch won by forfeit; 126 — Zach Hacker, Monarch pinned Vince Beeson, 3:38; 132 — Darren Green, Broomfield dec. Aidan Quinn, 6-0. 138 — Beau Hostler, Broomfield dec. Alec Jaramillo, 6-2.