Summit wrestlers dramatic win in home meet
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FARMER’S KORNER – It was his third time with his shoulders nearly on the mat, and Summit’s Tristan White looked like he was finished.
Really, it looked as though the Tigers may be finished. Leading by only six points in the night’s final match, Summit needed White, a first-year wrestler who hadn’t been in a match before Thursday, to pin his man to pull off the victory.
“I thought I was done. I felt like I was done, but I didn’t give up,” White said. “He got some really good shots on me, and all I could do was hang on tight.”
And just as his shoulders looked like they might touch for the pin, White spun hard, slipping the Clear Creek wrestler’s grip and suddenly moving on top of his opponent. In an instant, White made one hard move and the Golddigger grappler was sent to his back – and pinned.
White won, and the Tigers closed out a tri-meet at the Summit High gym with a 42-30 win over Clear Creek.
“The whole team was stoked,” junior captain Stetson Fowler said of the final win. “Tristan’s one of those first-year kids that comes to practice every day and just works his guts out. To see him come out and do that, it just makes the whole team happy. We’re proud of him.”
And it capped a night in which the Tigers won eight matches, while beating Clear Creek and losing narrowly to Battle Mountain 42-36.
“To go 1-1 is really good,” head coach Pete Baker said. ” … The kids did great.”
Although his matches weren’t quite as dramatic as White’s, Fowler dominated the whole meet. The junior transfer from Idaho won his first match in a mere 14 seconds. The second one took a bit longer – nearly the entire first period – but Fowler finished the night 2-0 and improved to 6-0 on the season. (He went 4-0 with four pins in winning the Panther Invite at Middle Park last weekend.)
“You have those kids you catch like that,” Fowler said of the quick win. “You have to have that mindset each time that this is where I’m at, and if you want to take my spot from me, you’re going to have to fight for it. That’s what I did, and sometimes you get lucky with that quick win.”
Also going 2-0 on the night was senior Devon Emerson. Summit’s lone state participant from last season won both matches by pin in the 125 -lb. weight class.
Other wins for the Tigers came from Jon Ramirez, Gabe Velazquez and Gregorio Munoz.
“As a whole, we had a great improvement from Saturday to now,” Fowler said. “Everyone’s been doing their part, and it’s showing out here.”
The Tigers are back in action on Dec. 18 when they travel to the West Grand Invitational.
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