Columbine grapplers use simple approach

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Mayberry, Breidenbach win titles at Evergreen Invite

By Michael Hicks

EVERGREEN — Brian Mayberry is pretty simplistic in his way of thinking. The Columbine 220-pound wrestler couldn’t tell you what his record is this season because he doesn’t keep track of it, and he never looks at the rankings. For the record, he’s been ranked No. 1 in 5A for much of the season by On the Mat.
But for Mayberry it’s always been about one match at a time, one period at a time and one point at a time.
“I couldn’t tell you who’s ranked and who’s not ranked. It’s never been an issue to me,” Mayberry said. “I’m just going to keep doing what I do no matter who it is. Anybody can beat you on any given day, even if they’re not ranked.”
That simple approach was on display Jan. 12 at the Evergreen Invitational where Mayberry ran the table with a trio of victories en route to one of two championships for Columbine at Evergreen High School. The other came at 152 pounds where Karl Breidenbach, like Mayberry, went 3-0.
Mayberry (17-0), after a first-round bye, scored a quarterfinal-round pin over Wheat Ridge’s Connor Rogers and a 9-3 decision against Arvada’s Brock Howes, who is ranked in eighth in 4A, before facing Sheridan’s Jayce Montoya in the finals. The Columbine grappler won in 3 minutes, 38 seconds.
“I don’t expect anything less from myself but wins now. If I lose than at practice I’ll make it more tough on myself, work with the coaches more,” Mayberry said. “I expect to do great, do what I can, do what I usually do. Just relax and wrestle like I know how.”
Breidenbach (15-6) scored his first career tournament victory with a pinfall of Wheat Ridge’s Devon Butler in 2:40 of the finals. It was his second pinfall win of the tournament. Butler had an early advantage on Breidenbach, but it didn’t last long.
“Devon is a strong wrestler. I know that. A lot of times the first period doesn’t go my way. I work hard to make sure I stay consistent throughout the match. That’s what practices do. They get us in really good shape so we can come back if matches don’t necessarily start the way we want them to start,” Breidenbach said.
Columbine, as a team, finished 10th in a field of 19 teams with 83 points. The Rebels’ only other place finisher came at 285 pounds where Anthony Gibson (7-7) took third. He bounced back from an opening loss to Tyler Gibson of Wheat Ridge to win three times in the consolation bracket.

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.