It didn’t matter that Erik Gaytan and Clay Davenport were new to the Chatfield varsity rivalry with Columbine, neither needed an extra reason to win.
Gaytan, a freshman, and Davenport, a sophomore who moved in from South Carolina, notched pins in the last two matches Jan. 22 to ensure Chatfield’s 45-33 victory over the host Rebels.
“You know you have to win, it’s Columbine. … I know everybody there,” Gaytan said. “You got to beat them.”
In a dual where five weights were forfeited – three in favor of the Rebels – the Chargers rallied in the final three weights after Columbine’s Josh Chavez put the Rebels up 33-30 with a pinfall victory at 112 pounds.
Chatfield sophomore Dakota Thayer won the 119 weight class by pinning Chris Chavez before Gaytan went the distance in his 125-pound match with Austin Walen.
Gaytan led 2-0 after the first period before Walen rallied in the second to go up 5-4. Gaytan got an escape with 1 minute, 32 seconds remaining, got a takedown 12 seconds later and held on for a 7-5 decision.
Davenport needed only to avoid a pin and the stocky 130-pounder made short work of taller Jeremy Swanson with a pin at the 1:13 mark.
“I felt really energetic just because we really needed the win and a lot was resting on my shoulders,” Davenport said.
The Rebels won just three of the nine contested weights. Seniors R.J. Gaither and Jason Trojan capped their final home dual with victories.
Trojan got into trouble in the first period against Hunter Platt when he came up short on a shot and was put into a cradle by the junior.
“I knew he didn’t have enough good position for me to get pinned off of it,” Trojan said.
Trojan trailed 5-0 entering the second period and he needed just over a minute from the neutral position to get the pin.
Josh Chavez had a similar victory for the Rebels at the 112-pound weight class. Chavez gave up two points to Nick Hunter at the end of the first period to trail 6-3 before rallying in the second for a nifty stack pin at the 2:22 mark.
“I just kept working him and doing my moves,” Chavez said. “When someone gets in a move with me, I won’t let them go.”
Gaither opened the dual with a victory at the 135 weight class, but he could only manage a 9-2 decision over senior Chaz Glaser. Gaither led 2-0 after the first and 3-2 going into the third period before he got Glaser in a cradle and twice nearly pinned him.
The Chargers earned pinfall victories in the next three weights behind Cory Wittwer, Dakota Beck and Jerry Crites, who earned the fastest victory by pinning Brandon Cullen in 66 seconds.
Zack Theriault (171 pounds) and junior varsity wrestler Alex Davis (189) won via forfeit for the Chargers, while Jeremy Todd (215), Tony Campton (275) and Nate Stephens (103) did the same for the Rebels.