2/27/2008 4:03:00 PM
Wrestling: Wolves crown another championship pair
Heather A. Longway-Burke/The Aurora
Grandview junior Eric Wilson, top, gets
a headlock on Northglenn’s Philip Grout
on his way to the winning takedown in
overtime of the 112-pound state
championship match at the Class 5A state
wrestling tournament on Feb. 23 at the
Pepsi Center in Denver. Wilson and
senior heavyweight Cody Gilmore brought
home state titles, while 135-pounder
Patrick Brown fell in the state title
match to Pomona’s Nick Jones.
Heather A. Longway-Burke/The Aurora
Grandview senior Cody Gilmore, right,
gets a hug from Wolves’ assistant coach
Scott Conant after his 4-1 decision over
Sand Creek’s Ray Hatchett in the
heavyweight championship match at the
Class 5A state wrestling tournament on
Feb. 23 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Wilson, Gilmore win 5A state titles as Grandview goes
2-for-3 in mat finals
By Courtney Oakes
The Aurora Sentinel
Grandview's batting average with Class 5A state wrestling
finalists soared to .500 on Feb. 23.
Junior Eric Wilson won the 112-pound championship and senior
heavyweight Cody Gilmore followed suit on Feb. 23 on the
final night of the three-day 5A state wrestling tournament
at the Pepsi Center, giving coach Greg Maestas and the
Wolves four champions in the past three years.
Senior Patrick Brown lost to Pomona standout Nick Jones in
the 135-pound final, but two out of three wasn't bad for the
Wolves, who've had at least one wrestler in a championship
match in every year since 2005.
"The last four years we've had eight guys make the final and
we've won four titles, so it's hard to beat that," said
Maestas, who also coached five state champions while at
Overland. "These kids worked so hard. I'm really proud of
Behind the trio of finalists, Grandview blew away its
best-ever team finish of seventh with a third-place showing
behind six-time defending champion Ponderosa and Loveland,
which had 130-pound star Tyler Graff win his fourth state
Wilson and Gilmore joined 2006 winners Jon Brascetta and
Curtis McNary on the list of Wolves state champions.
Wilson vividly remembered his freshman year when he lost his
only state matches, but sat in the Pepsi Center stands as he
watched Brascetta and McNary celebrate state championships.
It made a big impression on him and helped instill in him a
fire to improve.
"Those guys were huge role models to me when I was a
freshman and they were seniors," Wilson said. "They showed
me the way and showed me how it was done. I was just sitting
there saying that's where I want to be, that's what I want
to do - I want to win the state tournament. Now I have and
it feels great."
Wilson came into the tournament with little pressure, as he
was ranked third behind Rocky Mountain sophomore Jeremy
Schmitt and Northglenn junior Philip Grout - the defending
state champions at 103 and 112 pounds, respectively.
In the semifinals, Wilson got a go-ahead takedown in
overtime and eventually pinned Schmitt, who beat him 5-1
earlier in the season at the Arvada West Invitational - and
followed it up with a thrilling 2-0 decision midway through
overtime against Grout, who came into the final at 44-1.
The two remained scoreless until the extra period, when they
went to the mat with Wilson getting Grout in a headlock. The
pair spun three or four times before Wilson (38-5) got the
angle for a takedown on a move that had paid off for him
"I had good confidence going into overtime because of
winning my last match in overtime," Wilson said. "Coach
Maestas works us hard, so I knew I had the edge in
conditioning. I just went after him. Repetition with that
move really helped. I had to keep going, I wasn't going to
give it up, and I finally got it."
Maestas knows how much next season will change for Wilson,
who can no longer take advantage of staying under the radar.
"The pressure was on those two guys as returning state
champs," Maestas said. "Eric has to realize that he's a
marked man, but I think he'll do the things to stay on top
of his game."
Gilmore - easily one of the most athletic heavyweights in
the state - pulled off the rare football-wrestling state
championship double after helping Grandview win the 5A
football crown in December as a defensive lineman.
was never threatened during a 4-1 decision over Sand Creek's
Ray Hatchett in the heavyweight final to place for the first
time in two trips to the state tournament and finish the
"It's crazy; all the work in the room finally paid off,"
said Gilmore, who has wrestled for just three years. "It's
special to me (to win in football and wrestling).
"I want some time off now; it's been all work and no play. I
need to have some fun."
Gilmore will take it easy for a few weeks before he begins
to get ready for next year, when he will play football at
Brown joined Dan Brascetta and Stephen Eberle in 2005 and
Tyler McGoffin in 2007 as Grandview finalists who fell
Brown ran into a buzzsaw in Jones, a returning state
champion whose brother Noomis also won a state title in
2006. Brown fell behind 5-0 in the first period and never
Still, it was the first time he was on the podium in three
tournaments at the Pepsi Center and helped overcome some of
"I was hoping for first, but he's a lot better than me,"
Brown said. "I just tried to wrestle as hard as I could, but
it's tough to come back against a kid like that."