Ponderosa junior Cohlton Schultz was his usual reserved self after winning the 285-pound title at the state high school wrestling championships, wrapping up an undefeated season. Mustangs senior …
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Ponderosa junior Cohlton Schultz was his usual reserved self after winning the 285-pound title at the state high school wrestling championships, wrapping up an undefeated season.
Mustangs senior Jayden Woodruff won the 195-pound title, which concluded three days of activity at the Pepsi Center on Feb. 17. He displayed a lot more emotion.
Maybe it was because Schultz has done it all before.
Schultz pinned Weston Mayer of Poudre in 1:03 for his third consecutive state title and put himself in position to become a four-time state champion next season.
Woodruff downed Alec Hargreaves of Rock Mountain, 7-0, to win his first state title and was emotional after the match, reaching over the partition to hug relatives and friends.
In contrast, Schultz was almost poker-faced in his victory.
“Ever since I started watching wrestling, I've always looked up to the guys that aren't making the highlight stuff and doing all the cheering and stuff,” he explained. “That's just never been my style. I'm happy. I'm excited, even though I don't show it.”
Schultz, who in Athens in September became the first American wrestler to win the U.S. Cadet Greco-Roman world championship since 1997, moved up from 220 pounds to 285 and went 50-0 in high school action this season.
He won all four of his matches in the state tournament by pins. His longest match lasted just 1:35
“It feels pretty awesome,” said Schultz. “Another state title was pretty great. It was fun. It was my first undefeated season. I've been coming to this tournament since I was a tiny little guy. It has been a goal to be up among the best that Colorado has ever had.
“Every year is just trying to make one more step towards that. I don't feel pressure. I welcome it. I know I'm a big target going into every match. Everyone is gunning for me. I have to prepare myself very well. I've been working hard for a long time and it's all paying off.”
Hard work was also behind Woodruff's success. He recorded two pins and won his other two state tournament matches 13-3 and 7-0.
“I've worked hard for that and it was great,” said Woodruff, who was 46-6 this season. “I stayed smart (in the finals match) and feel like I wrestled great. I had great year. “
Ponderosa had another podium finisher as senior Parker Benekas was fourth.
The Mustangs were eighth in the team standings. Chaparral and Legend, the other two 5A Parker schools, finished 28th and 34th, respectively.
Chaparral junior Trey Johnson was sixth at 120 pounds to pace the Wolverines' effort.
Junior 145-pounder Erik Crumley and senior Cade Fries at 182 pounds, two of the three Legend wrestlers, won their first round matches but were eliminated with second-round consolation losses.
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