hardly silent tribute
Updated: 02/16/2008 11:49:18 PM
Not as many people as usual
applauded Saturday when Phillip
Colby stood atop the Class 5A
Region 4 podium for the
Fruita Monument faithful raised
their arms and waved their
fingers at the senior, who
improved to 38-1 this season.
Colby has been
deaf since birth, according to
his mother, Vicki, who was
fighting back tears.
Colby went the
distance for his 7-4 decision
over Fairview's Scott Lohndorf,
scoring two near-fall points in
the final nine seconds to earn a
favorable seed Thursday at the
start of the Class 5A state
tournament at the Pepsi Center.
"I never gave
up. I went for the pin and I
kept thinking 'I got to win. I
got to beat him,' " Colby said
through Vicki, who communicates
matside via signing. "I haven't
finished my goal yet. I looked
up and the clock was close to
time out, so I thought, 'Well, I
probably need to do a tilt to
get some points.' And then it
215-pound teammate Alex
Rodriguez gave the Wildcats two
champions at Columbine High
School, where the team race
wasn't decided until the
Needing only a
decision to give Centaurus the
title over Grandview, Cody
Goetsch pinned Durango's Justin
Whirlow in 1 minute, 11 seconds
for the fastest victory in the
mobbed afterward by his Warrior
teammates, who tried to keep the
pressure off him by not telling
him the impact of a victory.
actually tell me, but I kind of
knew," Goetsch said. "Best
feeling I've ever had."
which scored 183 1/2 points,
also crowned Dominic Valenzuela
in the 125-pound final and will
send seven wrestlers to state.
which earned 178 points, crowned
a tournament-best three
champions and will send eight
wrestlers to state. Eric Wilson
won the 112-pound class, Patrick
Brown handled Lakewood's Travis
Rios in the 135-pound final, and
heavyweight Cody Gilmore pinned
LeRoy Vigil of Adams City at the
Brown was in
control until an escape and
takedown cut his lead to 6-5 in
the second period. Brown then
had a reversal en route to a
15-5 major decision.
tried to get the pin for my
team, but it was hard to do,"
Brown said. "He's strong."
placed third and will send seven
wrestlers to state. Durango will
send six, and Mitchell and
Lakewood will send five apiece.
topped the 160-pound weight
class behind Mike Morgan and won
the 103 behind a dominating
performance from freshman Elias
Rosales, who scored a 16-2 major
decision over Douglas County's
really good," Rosales said. "I
thought I could do this if I
wrestled my best."