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Wednesday's roundup: Wasson wrestling wins its final dual match
Highlights from Wednesday's high school sports scene
Wasson 32, Mitchell 31
At Mitchell: Wasson’s final dual match in wrestling was a pleasant sight for most — even rival coach Kevin Meyer.
The Thunderbirds overcame an 11-point deficit, as William Collins grabbed a pin in the dual’s last match to edge Mitchell in the rivalry's last meeting ever following the announcement of Wasson’s closing Wednesday night.
In the dual, the Marauders led by 11 going into the night’s final two matches, leaving 16-year coach Meyer with one wrestler and one big choice.
“We had one wrestler left, and the 152 and 160 classes left,” Meyer said. “So I bumped up my wrestler, who is a 152 guy, to the 160, because I thought (Wasson’s) Ed Lopez would get the pin. And a pin is the only way they’d win.”
Instead, Mitchell avoided Lopez only to have Collins secure a pin in 1 minute, 20 seconds to complete the comeback.
“Congrats to Wasson,” Meyer said, “they wrestled great in what (is) their last dual meet ever.”
Mesa Ridge 61, Widefield 16
At Mesa Ridge: Mesa Ridge secured its first wrestling league title in school history, after Widefield forfeited seven matches Wednesday.
Grizzlies coach Rob Braaten in his first year said it was a goal completed.
“Winning league was one of our big goals this season,” Braaten said “We knew that coming into this meet, and we did what we needed to do.”
Of Mesa Ridge’s three returning state qualifiers, only 145-pounder Dominique Hughes wrestled. The junior won by technical fall in 5:18.
Fountain-Fort Carson 50, Pine Creek 22
At Fountain-Fort Carson: The Trojans took the 5A Metro League title with the win over a Pine Creek squad that was riddled with junior varsity wrestlers, F-FC assistant coach Sam McGee said.
"This is something we were aiming for," McGee said. "I wish they'd brought their full squad to see who came out on top. But (a league title) was a goal of ours."
The Trojans won by pin at 160 pounds, 220 and 285.
Discovery Canyon def. Palmer Ridge by forfeit
Discovery Canyon won the 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference title when Palmer Ridge forfeited due to sickness, a coach at Discovery Canyon said.
Palmer 9, Cheyenne Mountain 5
At Sertich Ice Center: Cheyenne Mountain's Ryan Case scored four goals Wednesday, and it still wasn't enough-- not even close.
Palmer's Sam Horning and RJ Haenze each scored three goals, as the Terrors outshot the Indians 45-to-27.
Palmer (4-10-1 overall, 2-7-1 Peak Conference) had lost four of the previous five. Cheyenne Mountain (3-11-1, 3-7) has now lost five in a row.
Case scored his second goal to cut the lead to 3-2 heading into the second period.
Then in the second, Palmer scored four-straight goals -- two apiece from Horning and Haenze -- before Case scored again to close the second period, with the Indians trailing 7-3.
Heritage 10, Coronado 3
At Sertich Ice Center: Coronado goalie Tyler Kamnikar faced 42 shots in 51 minutes, as Heritage outshot the Cougars 42-15 on Wednesday night.
Late in the first period, Coronado cut the deficit to 2-1, when Dylan Roche scored his first goal of the year.
Heritage didn’t blink.
Coronado (4-12) gave up eight goals in the last two periods as the game went from competitive to rout quickly.
Ryan Lake and Chance Wroe added a score apiece for the Cougars.
Coronado has been outscored 19-4 in the past two games.