DENVER • Following the semifinals The Classical Academy junior Andrew Register said he wasn’t done after securing the highest placement in the school’s history with a guaranteed top-two finish. He still had work to do in the 138-pound championship bout.
He only needed three minutes, 59 seconds to get that work done, pinning Hotchkiss senior Jesse Head (26-6) just before the second period expired.
Register (35-5) started the second period on bottom and worked for an escape and a 1-0 lead. As time was winding down in the period he hit on a single leg, lifting Head’s foot in the air and taking him down straight to his back.
Once on the mat, Register quickly scrambled to press Head’s shoulders to the mat. That was followed by the customary handshakes and a bear hug from ecstatic Titans coach Sean Collins.
“I just don’t have words for it, I honestly don’t,” Register said afterward. “There’s so much that goes into it, not just from me but from the people around me. I’m so thankful to the people around me and the Lord. I’m overwhelmed with thankfulness.”
Register fully expected to win the match coming in, but being the state finals he didn’t see a pin in the cards for him.
“No, I didn’t expect it,” Register said. “The opportunity came up and I capitalized on it. That’s what good wrestlers do.”
“That was just using his strengths against him,” a beaming Collins said. “He drove through the shot, it was fundamentally sound and he covered the hips. It’s basic wrestling, cover the hips.”