Jones has come a long way.
freshman, he had more body fat than
anybody else on the team," said
father and Pomona coach Noomis Jones
years later, a broken ankle and more
ups and downs than an Elitch Gardens
roller coaster, Nick Jones is a
two-time Class 5A state champion.
Shortly after the Pepsi Center
spotlight dimmed on Loveland's Tyler
Graff and his fourth state title,
Jones took the mat under much
relieves a lot of pressure," said
Jones, of following Graff. "He went
out there trying to win four state
championships, all I had to do was
go out and win two."
Jones, whose brother Noomis Jr. was
a state champion in 2006, wasted
little time against a familiar foe
in Grandview's Patrick Brown, whom
he had beaten 19-8 earlier in the
season at 135 pounds. A takedown and
two near-falls in the first period
allowed Jones to open up a 7-0 lead.
minutes later, Jones had a second
title with a 15-3 decision, and that
meant bragging rights around the
dinner table for years to come.
"That's all I've been thinking about
this weekend," said Nick Jones,
whose brother wrestles at Adams
State. "I'm sure (Noomis) will have
some words for me."
night of good quality matches at the
state's highest classification
started with Grandview's Eric Wilson
earning a 2-0 overtime victory over
defending 112-pound champion Philip
Grout of Northglenn.
just wanted to keep it close," said
Wilson, who also knocked off
103-pound defending champion Jeremy
Schmitt of Rocky Mountain in
overtime in the semifinals. "I knew
he was stronger than me; I just
needed to be smarter all six
the shadow of Graff, Loveland junior
Josh Kreimier completed the only
other undefeated season (42-0) with
a 7-4, last-second victory over
Legacy's Chris Wessel.
had several matches like that, where
I've had to come back and win in the
final 10 seconds, and I just knew
the match was never over," Kreimier
said. "I just tried to keep shooting
and eventually the refs will see
he's just trying to defend it."
freshman Denzel Washington, who
finished fourth last week in the
regional tournament, stunned
Ponderosa's Stephone Kling 5-2 in
the 152-pound class to become the
only big-school freshman champion.
Ponderosa won its sixth consecutive
team title with 160 points, and
crowned champions Jake Snider (140)
and Daniel Kelly (145). Loveland,
with Graff, Kreimier and 189-pound
champion Luke Vandenburg, finished
second with 128 points, followed by
Grandview (89 and two champions),
Rocky Mountain (82.5) and Centaurus
(80 and two champions).