Summit’s Emerson wins first match at Colorado state wrestling meet |

Summit’s Emerson wins first match at Colorado state wrestling meet

Summit High senior Devon Emerson dominated his first match of the Colorado state wrestling meet Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Facing off against the state’s best batch of 119-pounders, Emerson worked his opponent for an 18-2 lead before the official stopped the match in the third period. He advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals.

“He’s just doing everything right, right now,” SHS head coach Pete Baker said of Emerson. “He’s wrestling extremely well.”

SHS junior Stetson Fowler struggled a bit in his match at 152 pounds. Fowler trailed by a point late in the match and made an aggressive move that backfired.

“He just ran out of time,” Baker said. “He forced a shot, and the guy took him down for two points.”

Fowler wound up losing the match 5-2 for only his third defeat of the season. He still has never been pinned.

The road won’t get much easier for the junior, either, as he now has to go the route of the consolation bracket in order to try to earn a placing. Baker said it’ll take at least four wins to finish third. Chances of a state title are gone.

“I told him, ‘The hard work starts now,'” Baker said. ” … He just has to fight his way back into it.”

For Emerson, two more wins on Friday will put him in Saturday’s title tilt.

“If he keeps wrestling the way he is, he’ll be right in there for either first or second (place),” Baker said.

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