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Chargers till the ground with Farmers

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By Joe Vaccarelli

WHEAT RIDGE — There’s winning and then there’s dominating.

To say that the Chatfield Chargers won their wrestling match against Wheat Ridge on Jan. 14 wouldn’t do the team justice. They dominated.

The Chargers made it look easy as their wrestlers quickly pinned the Farmers in almost every match and coasted to a 72-12 victory as they hope to improve their No. 12 ranking in class 5A.

“Our team’s just tough as nails this year,” Chatfield head coach Jeff Holland said. “They’ve been working well, been going to some tough tournaments and they’ve been doing a great job. They’re coming out ready to go and they’re motivated to win.”

This is the first time a Chatfield team has been ranked according to Holland and they certainly didn’t do anything to change that in this matchup.

The Chargers won the first four matches with early first-round pins by Erik Gayton, Cory Wittwer, Jordan Crites and Zach Theriault. They also had two matches forfeited to them in that span as they built an insurmountable 42-0 advantage.

Wittwer, currently the No. 4-ranked wrestler at his weight, looked most impressive as he easily defeated Jesse Griego.

“Well I was real nervous going in, I’m nervous for every match,” Wittwer said. “I just tried to stay calm and keep my mind focused on the match and just not get overconfident in myself.”

With a 42-0 lead, the Chargers saw their only setback of the night as Sebastian Goff was pinned in the first round by Leondro Lara. Chatfield would also forfeit the 112-pound match to give the Farmers 12 points for the night, but these were minor setbacks for Chatfield.

Aaron Norris later pinned his opponent in the first round, but the best match of the contest saw freshman Quinn Huckfeldt of Chatfield take on fellow freshman Stephanie Goens.

This had to be the match of the night since it was the only one to go more than two minutes, but this match also had constant action that saw both wrestlers on the ropes multiple times only to battle back.

Huckfeldt looked like he would pin Goens early in the first, but Goens came back and almost pinned Huckefeldt late in the round, only to see time expire with the score tied at five.

The second round was high action and high intensity as Goens had Huckfeldt on the ground on several occasions, only to see him get up and score more points with some takedowns of his own.

Huckfeldt controlled the third round and was finally able to pin an exhausted Goens just as the round was about to expire.

But that was the only match with any drama whatsoever.

Freshman Jake Thayer closed out the match and impressed his coach with an early first-round pin using a move he’s been working on all year.

“I just worked with what I got. He gave me the chicken wing so I threw it,” Thayer said.    

Tony Pena, ranked No. 1 in the state at 119 pounds, didn’t wrestle in this one for Chatfield. He was slated to go at 130 pounds, but Wheat Ridge had a scratch and forfeited that match.