For Wilson, state title is ‘awesome’
It took an entire year and a move up in weight class, but Glenwood Springs High School junior wrestler Myles Wilson was finally able to raise his arm in triumph Saturday as the 4A 170-pound Colorado High School Athletic Association wrestling state champion.
With the win at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Wilson becomes the first Glenwood wrestler to win a state title since the program restarted during the 2004 season.
One year after dropping a 4-2 decision to Thompson Valley’s Ben Hewson, Wilson rebounded with a 6-3 decision over Greeley Central’s Andrue Rojas just one week after Wilson defeated Rojas by technical fall (16-1) at the 4A Region 3 tournament.
In the championship match, Wilson came out and attacked early, scoring a quick takedown and a two more points to take a 4-0 lead before Rojas scored his first point of the match.
From there, he added two quick points in the second period before Rojas added two points in the third period to wrap up the scoring.
Now, Wilson holds the coveted state title, which is something the son of Josh Wilson and Lynn Jasutis-Wilson has yet to fully process.
“It feels great achieving what I’ve been working for,” Wilson said. “It just feels so awesome.”
Much like he has all year at large tournaments, Wilson rolled through the 4A 170-pound state bracket to set up a second matchup with Rojas. Following the win, Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook said that Rojas and the Greeley Central coaching staff did a great job of adjusting their plan of attack against Wilson, but the Demon junior was able to stick to his offense and do pretty much what he wanted.
“He [Myles] wrestled really well,” Cook said. “He pretty much controlled the match from start to finish. I didn’t feel like he was ever in real danger and he just controlled the whole match. Any chance the kid [Rojas] was going to score, Myles made sure he got just one point instead of two or three at a time. He just made sure he stayed on the offensive to make sure that the other kid didn’t mount a comeback. It was an awesome job by Myles start to finish.”
Despite reaching the top of the mountain in 4A Colorado wrestling in the 170-pound division, Wilson said he isn’t going to take any time off to enjoy the win because there’s always plenty of work to do to make sure he claims next year’s state title now that he’s put the Demons’ wrestling program on the map.
“I’ll probably get back to practice tomorrow and hit it,” Wilson said Saturday night after winning. “Next season already started, so it’s time to go to work. But it feels great to accomplish this for a small town like Glenwood and put the program on the map and helps out the rest of the guys on the team, too.”
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