Wilson just misses in 4A title bout
ISAAC RIDER WINS 5A 138-POUND TITLE
DENVER — Grand Junction High School senior Isaac Rider, a former Rifle High School student whose family lives in Silt, won the Class 5A 138-pound state championship on Saturday night by pinning top-seeded Bennie Pachello of Arvada West in the state title match.
Rider, a former Rifle High School running back who transferred to Grand Junction to wrestle his junior year, pinned Pachello at the 4 minute, 14 second mark of the match. Rider finished the season with a 45-5 record.
Also placing in the tournament was Rider’s younger brother, Josiah, who took third place at 145 pounds with his 10-0 victory over Pine Creek’s Peter Isais in the third-place match.
Please see Thursday’s Rifle Citizen Telegram for more details and photos.
— Jon Mitchell
DENVER — So close.
Myles Wilson was there. He was seemingly within a hair of rallying for a victory in the 152-pound state championship wrestling match Saturday at the Class 4A State Championships, only a single move away from rallying from a three-point deficit for a late lead.
Ben Hewson wouldn’t let him have it.
Hewson, a senior at Thompson Valley High School, took a second period lead and held on for a 3-2 victory in front of a near capacity crowd at the Pepsi Center. He withstood a reversal from the Glenwood Springs sophomore in the final minute of the match, then withstood repeated shot attempts in the final seconds to keep Wilson off the top of the podium.
“I’m a little disappointed,” Wilson said. “But I wrestled a good match, so I can’t be too disappointed.”
The loss was just the second of the season for Wilson (45-2), who came into the tournament with the best record in his weight class and the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Hewson (43-4), however, came in with the top seed and is now part of a Thompson Valley squad that ran away with the Class 4A team championship.
Hewson was never able to run away with his match against Wilson, though, scoring all of his points in the second period before holding on down the stretch.
“I knew he was going to go for a lot of single leg [moves] because he’d been hitting those all tournament,” Hewson said. “I wanted to keep up on my down blocks going, stay against his hands the whole time during his attacks, and then counterattack those.”
It worked, and Hewson embraced with his head coach, Dave Juergensen, in celebration. Meanwhile, Wilson embraced with head coach Guy Brickell and assistant coach Miles Cook in a much-more subdued way.
“If you look at the quality of kid that beat us today, Myles has nothing to hang his head about,” Cook said. “But right now, he’s a little upset. I mean, it’s something that you work for your whole life, so you could understand why he feels like that.”
It wasn’t until the second period when Hewson went ahead for good, coming out from the bottom position at the beginning of the second for an escape and a 1-0 lead with 1 minute, 37 seconds left in the period. Less than 30 seconds later, Hewson recorded a takedown for a 3-0 lead.
But Wilson, who like Hewson wrestles with an aggressive, attacking style, remained patient and waited to make his move. He did that with 25 seconds left in the match, recording a reversal to pull within 3-2.
Hewson, knowing Wilson was going for back points, wriggled out from underneath to force a restart with 17 seconds remaining. But on the neutral restart, Wilson was unable to score again.
“That was just such a great match,” Cook said. “If you look at what [Wilson has] done, placing fifth as a freshman and second as a sophomore, I’m real excited to see what it is that’s going to come for this kid in the future.”
Wilson, even after falling in the state title match, already has something in mind, also.
“Two state championships,” the sophomore said. “That’s what I’m aiming for now.”
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