Building experience from the ground up
By Pete Morgan
Gilpin County Youth Wrestling had another good outing against very tough competition on Saturday, November 19, at Fort Lupton High School, reported Coach Pete Morgan. It was Gilpin’s first ever visit to Fort Lupton, “which is the birth place of the Metro Junior Wrestling League and the epicenter of wrestling in the state of Colorado,” Morgan said.
Some of the competition took place in Ft. Lupton’s massive wrestling room, which has an entire wall listing their seemingly endless number of state champions and top six state finalists.
“Truly, it was an honor to be in the presence of greatness, a model for what we aspire to one day be as a program,” stated Morgan.
Ben Gebhart and Kamron Brewer both pinned their ways to first place in a truly dominant fashion. William Siegrist continued to have success on Saturday and had multiple pins en route to second place in a large bracket. Davyn Meade demonstrated how much he has improved from a year ago by having multiple pins and finishing third in a really tough bracket.
The match of the day, hands down, belonged to Dusty LeBeau, down 11-5 with less than a minute left. Through true determination and toughness, he secured a last-second pin for a huge victory against a far more experienced and polished wrestler from Valley (last year’s 3A state champions).
Also of note, Mason Sechler, an eight-year-old who wrestled ten-year-olds, had several great matches. Elijah Warner got another pin in only his second tournament ever.
Morgan concluded, “Our kids are building experience from the ground up against the best.”
On Sunday, November 27, some of Gilpin’s wrestlers will attend the annual Colorado Wrestling Hall of Fame Tournament at Broomfield High School.
U10 99-111 – Benjamin Gebhart, 1st place
U14 63-78 – Kamron Brewer, 1st place
U8 38-41 – Gabriel Hockley, 2nd place
U12 127-142 – William Siegrist, 2nd place
U10 79-86 – Davyn Meade, 3rd place
U10 99-111 – Brennen Lautrup, 3rd place
U14 63-78 – Noah Hockley, 3rd place