A late flurry of five straight wins propelled Fountain-Fort Carson to a 36-33 victory in the first dual of the year over short-handed host Pine Creek.
Trojans senior Seth Wilson started the streak and junior heavyweight Stetson Mohrenweiser punctuated with a pin of Jeremie Medina in 1 minute, 19 seconds, clinching the victory.
“I was just going out there trying win, not trying to over-think anything, just go out and wrestle the way I was taught,” Mohrenweiser said. “This is going to give us a good motivation to jump forward and give a spark to the team.”
Pine Creek was missing several upper-weight wrestlers who are still with the football team, which will play Saturday for the 4A championship. But the importance of the win was not being discounted by the Trojans, who were dominated by Pine Creek in the opener a year ago and are looking to mark their mark in 5A.
“They’re the No. 2 team in the state and we upset them,” Wilson said. “It’s huge. And we had a bunch of young kids on the team getting it done too. This is big for us.”
The Trojans got off to a fast start with a 3-minute, 39-second pin from 113-poound sophomore Mykal Mason over Matt Thomas in the opening match of the season. Freshman Downey Wood put the Trojans up 9-3 with a 5-3 overtime decision over Andrew Wallace in the 126 bout.
Then they ran into the heart of the Eagles roster as Pine Creek won the next five matches.
Junior Geordan Martinez, a two-time state champion, took down Trojans’ senior Jacob Mondragon 70 seconds into the 132 match. From there Martinez collected nine fall points around a 2-point reversal before finally sticking Mondragon with 38 seconds left in the third period to even the team score.
Senior Jerry McGinty dominated sophomore Rashawn Benford for a 19-2 technical fall at 138. Senior Johnny Wells picked up six more team points for the Eagles with a pin of senior Mitchell LeRory in 3:33 at 160 pounds.
Wilson finally stopped the bleeding with a 9-5 decision over senior Alex Markowski at 170.
ins at 180 by Josh Schoenberger and 195 by freshman Tracy Hancock and a six-point forfeiture for Jacob Schoenberger at 225 put Mohrnweiser in position to seal it, and he did in dramatic fashion.
“I wasn’t worried about the other matches,” Wilson said. “I just had to wrestle my match.”
Fountain-Fort Carson 36, Pine Creek 33
103- Watson (PC) pin 3:52 over Cedano
113 - Mason (FFC) pin 3:39 over Thomas
120 - Z. Moye (PC) dec. 5-9 over O'Neil
126 - Wood (FFC) dec. 5-3 OT over Wallace
132 - Martinez (PC) pin 5:22 over Mondragon
138 - McGinty (PC) tech fall 19-2 over Benford
145 - B. Moye (PC) dec. 8-4 over Day
152 - Smith (PC) maj. dec. 10-2 over Martin
160 - Wells (PC) pin 3:33 over LeRoy
170 - Wilson (FFC) dec. 9-5 over Markowski
180 - Josh Schoenberger (FFC) pin 2:53 over Ortiz
195 - Hancock (FFC) pin 1:26 over Curnell
220 - Jacob Schoenberger (FFC) by forfeit
HWT - Mohrenweiser (FFC) pin 1:19 over Medina