With a broken nose, Glenwood’s Wilson claims wrestling title, sets state record | PostIndependent.com

With a broken nose, Glenwood’s Wilson claims wrestling title, sets state record

Glenwood Springs High School's Myles Wilson is proclaimed a state wrestling champion Saturday night in Denver.
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Wrestling with a broken nose, Glenwood Springs’ Myles Wilson on Saturday claimed his second straight state championship, this time in a higher weight class, to cap off a high school career in which he set a Colorado record for matches won.

Wilson defeated Pueblo County’s Dante Garcia 10-0 to win the 4A 182-pound state championship.

“He did a pretty nice job,” Glenwood Assistant Coach Miles Cook said. “He broke his nose in the semifinal match, so he had to change up how he had to wrestle. Had to change up his shots and things of that nature, but he just did a great job of managing the match. The other kid was pretty intent on not getting scored on. We were really hoping to get the fall, but we’ll take a major decision win for the state championship.”

Prior to the final match, Wilson rolled through his first three opponents, pinning Meadville’s Joey Garcia in the opening round in just 18 seconds before then pinning Jayden Smith of Vista Peak in just 43 seconds in their second round match. That set up his semifinal match with Fruita Monument’s Dylan McBride.

Wilson would win the semifinal match by fall in just 2:21 to set up his championship match with Garcia.

“At the state tournament that’s the best I’ve seen him wrestle,” Cook said. “He was so loose all weekend and having fun. He was supporting the other guys, but he was real free and easy going.”

With the state championship in hand, Wilson also tied the state record for most wins in a season with 51, finishing a perfect 51-0. On top of that, Wilson also set a Colorado career record for wins in a career with 189.

“There’s no doubt about that” he’s the best I’ve seen, Cook said. “I’ve been coaching wrestling for 12 years now and we’ve never had anyone of his caliber. It’s not even close. He would have broken the state record for wins in a season, but he only got three matches at regionals. But we’ll take tying the state record. He’s just unbelievable.”

“The biggest thing for us is that the excitement he brings to our young wrestlers,” Cook added. “They have someone to look up to. He’s such a great example for these young guys. It’s about his attitude and work ethic more than anything.”

Wilson, who won the 170-pound state title last year, will wrestle at the University of Iowa, a perennial power in the sport.

The son of Josh Wilson and Lynn Jasutis-Wilson, Myles plans to double major in biology and pre-med in hopes of becoming a doctor. He also hopes to be an Olympic wrestler.

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