LAFAYETTE - Arvada’s Garet Krohn admits he gets butterflies when it comes to large wrestling tournaments. But, he also feels those butterflies actually help him win.
That was the case last Saturday during the prestigious Top Of The Rockies wrestling tournament at Centaurus High School in Lafayette. Krohn was able to put his butterflies in a net as he continued on his unbeaten way winning the tournament’s 195-pound weight class and being voted the upper weight classifications Most Valuable Wrestler by the tournament’s head coaches.
The MVP in the lower weights was awarded to 132-pound Colton Adams of Scottsbluff, Neb.
Krohn defeated Grand Island’s Chase Reis with a 19-4 technical fall victory to improve his season record to 16-0. And it kept the Arvada senior’s streak of not having to go the entire six minutes of a match with an opponent alive as well.
Reis, who dropped to 30-4 on the season, had either pinned or came through with technical falls on his way to the final as Krohn had done.
“It was a good night and a good tournament and I was glad to see some different opponents,” Krohn said. “The Nebraska kid (Chase Reis of Grand Island), didn’t want to tie up, but I was able to get him down.”
Grand Island won the tournament with 201.5 points followed by Broomfield with 194.5 and Pomona with 160.5. Arvada, which also saw Brock Howes place sixth at 220, scored 45 points in the 33-team, two-day tournament, placing 26th.
Pomona didn’t come away with any individual champions, but depth paved the way to the Panthers third-place team effort. Archie Colgan was the only one to make the finals, reaching the championship match at 160-pounds. However, he had to settle for second when he was pinned by Omaha North foe JaVaughn Perkins (31-0) at 5:59. It was, by the way, the 100th win in Perkins prep career.
“That was a match that could have gone either way and unfortunately, it went his way,” said Colgan, now 29-4. “I’m confident and happy the way the year has been going. But, yes, this was a tough loss. You have to have good nights for records and he had one.”
Overall, it turned out to be a fine tournament for Pomona. The Panther’s Travis Torres placed third at 113, Raymond Robledo was third at 132 and Ethan Wright took third at 152. Fourth-place finishes went to the Panther’s Brandon Madril at 126 and Austin Marvel at 138 while Tomas Gutierrez was fifth at 106.
And, it’s interesting to note that both Madril and Marvel lost to Arvada West foes in their third-place matches. Madril was defeated by Payton Tawater 11-0 while Marvel lost to the Wildcat’s Taylor Berguist 6-2.
“Austin’s tough, but I wanted to keep my focus up in the tournament and not let anything get in my way,” said Berguist, “I take every tournament seriously as I do every match. Coach is having us practice hard so we can make it downtown to state.”
Added Marvel, “This was just a great tournament. I just have to keep my focus and don’t give up. I gave up some easy points against Taylor, but it was still a great day.”
Randy Boerner was the highest place winner for Mountain Range as he finished second at 152, losing by a 14-0 count to Grand Island’s Billy Thompson.
“It was tough and I guess I wasn’t making the right decisions,” said Boerner, who is now 35-2 on the season. “The competition was alright for me in the tournament, but I hope to get more so I’ll be ready for state. I just couldn’t get anything out of being on my feet against him.”