DENVER — Colfax-Mingo’s wrestling team took a two-hour bus ride on Tuesday night.
The Tigerhawks also spent more time warming up than they did competing on the mat. Colfax-Mingo took part in the Class 1A regional duals at the Cyclone Center and lost an opening-round match to New London.
Class 1A No. 21 Colfax-Mingo, which won its sectional tournament this past weekend, fell behind early and couldn’t make up much ground during a 54-27 loss to the Tigers.
“I think our kids did a good job whether they wanted to or not and I am proud of them for coming here and competing,” Colfax-Mingo coach Erin Hume said. “It’s a long bus ride. We have a ton of kids battling sickness. As a coach, I did what I could to get them motivated.”
Hume was put in a tough spot as regional duals comes a few days before the district tournament. Five Tigerhawks are still alive for the traditional state tournament so there is a bit of a balancing act.
“It’s frustrating,” Hume said. “We don’t even get a trophy or a plaque or anything for winning sectionals. You get a two-hour bus ride.”
Of the five district qualifiers, only three were in contested matches.
Trystin Ross (35-8) moved up a weight and got a win in SV-1 at 170 pounds. He trailed 4-1 in the match, but rallied to win 6-4. His winning takedown came in the closing seconds of the first overtime period.
Hume elected to move Ross up a weight and face Currey Jacobs (34-10) instead of 1A No. 5 Gabe Carter (41-1) at 160.
But in order for his team to have a chance to win, he has to move wrestlers around and use as much strategy as possible.
The dual started at 160 with Tim Carroll losing by fall to Carter.
“We have to move kids around to have a chance. I can’t use Tim Carroll at 170,” Hume said. “I didn’t want to forfeit that weight.”
Judith Goetz took a forfeit at 106. Hunter Green (29-9), another district qualifier, took a forfeit at 132.
Class 1A No. 8 Cyden Fitch (41-2) wrestles at 138 this weekend at districts. He was bumped up to 145 against New London and earned a win by fall in 52 seconds.
Hunter Stevens (27-16) is another district qualifier. He stepped on the mat in the final match but was caught and pinned in 17 seconds at 152.
New London was 7-2 in contested matches. Will Thornton (195), Kenneth Craig (220), Jakob Chapman (285), Mariah Webster (126) and Tevin Wamsher (138) were all pinned in their matches.
Noah Strohmeyer (27-8) is a fifth district qualifier for the Tigerhawks. He failed to make weight at 106 and Hume elected not to use him against top-ranked Marcel Lopez (40-1) at 113.
There was a double forfeit at 113.
“It’s really hard for Noah to make weight. That’s a really hard cut for him,” Hume said. “He could have wrestled the No. 1 kid in the state at 113 but he only had one practice to cut to 106 and he used up a lot of energy. So I just sat him. It’s what’s best for him moving forward.”
Class 1A No. 6 Denver won the regional dual championship. The host Cyclones defeated Beckman Catholic in the opening round, 49-30, and then dispatched No. 12 New London 42-27 in the finals.
“We had a great season. It surpassed my expectations at the beginning of the year,” Hume said. “The leaders led and our inexperienced kids stepped on the mat and competed no matter what the outcome was.”