Summit’s Devon Emerson in state wrestling meet today
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To see the progress of the Summit High wrestling team, all you’d have to do is check the Tigers’ results from regionals last weekend.
Four of Summit’s six competing wrestlers placed in the event, and junior Devon Emerson became only the second Tiger grappler to qualify for the state meet in the last decade.
“Last year, we only had two kids place and no one made it to state,” SHS head coach Mark Wall said. “We doubled that this year.”
Along with Emerson’s second-place finish in regions, senior Nate Roe, junior Trevor Barton and sophomore Jon Ramirez all closed out their seasons with sixth-place finishes. The top-4 wrestlers in each weight class advance to the state tournament.
The results not only have Wall excited about what his team – short in numbers all year due to injuries – did this season, but also about what still lies ahead for the Tigers.
“The great thing about that is we have three of those four guys back next year,” the coach said.
The focus, Wall said, is on the next few days, though.
Emerson will compete in his 112-pound weight class against the best in the state today in Denver. In the double-elimination format of the meet, Emerson is guaranteed one match this evening and another Friday morning. If he places in the state meet by coming in the top-6 of his class, Emerson will wrestle all the way through Saturday.
Although the competition will be fierce, Wall doesn’t foresee an early exit for his talented junior.
“I was looking at his bracket, and it’s tough. That’s why this is state,” Wall said. ” … I definitely think he can compete with all of them, though. He faced a lot of them this season and beat a lot of them this season. We just need to see how it goes.”
After his family moved from Pennsylvania to Summit County last fall, Emerson has dominated his Colorado competition. The junior finished the regular season with a 28-5 record, one of the best individual seasons at Summit High in recent years. He’s also the first SHS wrestler to make it to state since 2005 and only the second since the mid-1990s.
The competition begins at 7:30 p.m.
Regardless of Emerson’s finish this weekend, Wall feels the season, in terms of results, was a success for his team. And with so many returners on next year’s squad, he’s excited what next year may bring.
“We had a bunch of kids come in during the summer and work out last year,” Wall said, adding that his team has become “smarter” in the past year or so. ” … With better technique, learning to use your weight and all the little things you need to do, it makes them much better and it makes their workout partners better.”
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