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Evergreen pins down Englewood in Jeffco dual

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By Brian Forbes

Colby Fisher let the Englewood Pirates know exactly how they were going to be treated on Dec. 11.

The Evergreen 135-pound wrestler trailed nearly the entire match before he discovered a burst of reserve energy to score a four-point move at the end of regulation. Fisher attacked in overtime, scoring a quick takedown for an 8-6 decision.

No matter what the Pirates did in their Class 4A Jefferson County League dual, the Cougars found the right counter and enough gas in the tank to do it.

“I was surprised when I got overtime,” Fisher said. “I felt ecstatic.”

The Cougars won every match they wrestled, won another via forfeit and forfeited four weights to give the Pirates all their points in Evergreen’s 44-24 victory.

Of the eight contested weights, the Cougars scored first in six of the matches and got pinfall victories from Nick Keitlen (171 pounds), Dylan Cisneros (189), Nathan Phipps (112) and Kenney Burnett (119). Cole Berendzen (215 pounds) scored a 15-0 technical fall, while Daniel Downs (125) and Wes Knoll (160) both won via decisions.

“They did good. I would like to see them be more aggressive,” first-year Cougars coach Lane Williams said. “It’s just trying to get these guys attacking all the time. I was very pleased. They did work hard.”

Fisher was down 2-0 in the first period and got a late escape to cut the deficit in half for the second. Fisher escaped to tie it at 2 but gave up two takedowns to trail 6-2 late into the third.

The junior didn’t appear to have anything going in his favor late in the third before pulling off a reversal and score enough back points to tie it 6-6 at the buzzer.

“I wasn’t really tired, because all that was just defending,” Fisher said. “I wasn’t tired, and I could tell he was, because he was breathing heavy.”

Fisher made short work in overtime to put the Cougars up 3-0. That lead was an 18-3 deficit by time Knoll took the mat and scored a 7-2 decision.

Keitlen controlled his match, leading 4-0 after the first period and 6-0 in the second before he pinned his Pirate in 3 minutes, 41 seconds.

Cisneros tied the dual at 18 when he earned the quickest pin of the evening when he put his opponent down in 46 seconds.

Berendzen briefly reclaimed the team lead with his tech fall, but the Pirates were back up 24-23 after a forfeit victory at 275 pounds.

The 103-pound weight class was uncontested, but the Cougars rolled with consecutive pinfall victories by Phipps, who won at the 2:30 mark, and Burnett, who won at the 2:48 mark. Phipps led 10-0 following a reversal to set up his pin, while Burnett was up 10-2 following a takedown before he got his victory.

Downs fell behind 2-0 in his match but rallied via an escape and takedown with three seconds left in the first period to go up for good. Downs earned three back points to go up 6-2 in the second period, a lead he would ride out in the third.