Carson High’s Jeffrey Heaton works his way toward a pin against Douglas’ Connor Jackson at 170 pounds Wednesday, during the Senators’ senior night triangular against the Tigers and Damonte Ranch.
Photo by Carter Eckl.
With a 45-29 win over Damonte Ranch and a 42-39 win over rival Douglas, the Carson High wrestlers took care of business on their home mats during Senior Night Wednesday.
In the dual against Douglas, the Senators got a number of big performances from wrestlers who haven’t been on the docket in a varsity meet yet this year.
“I knew we were going to have to have 14 weights to beat them,” said Carson head coach Nick Redwine. “I knew we weren’t going to be able to beat them if we only had 10 kids going.”
Leading the call-ups was 160-pounder Konnor Crisp, who picked up a pin in 1:04 to score a crucial six points for the Senators.
Redwine said he usually isn’t up for throwing younger, less experienced wrestlers into the mix.
“I had a couple of options at 160, … I figured I’d give Konnor a shot and man did he respond,” said Redwine. “He won us the dual.”
Another result that helped the Senators gain the edge on the scoreboard came from Anthony Garrobo at 126 pounds.
Garrabo pinned Douglas’ Conner Morris, who was undefeated coming into Wednesday’s dual at 29-0. The pin came toward the end of the second period.
“I thought it’d be a good match. I figured Anthony had the stuff to beat him, but I really didn’t expect him to pin him,” Redwine said.
With the dual starting at 106 pounds, the Senators got pins from Lucas Wold at 120 pounds, Nykolas Coughran at 132, Jon Barnes-Hurt at 152 pounds to build a 24-21 lead as a team.
Krisp’s pin gave the Senators a 30-21 edge, before Carson put the final cap on the dual.
At 170 pounds, Jeffrey Heaton needed 2:48 to earn six points with a pin while senior Eric Hickson put together a pin at 182 pounds in less than a minute.
“He’s really trying hard to be a good leader in the room and a senior that kids look up to,” said Redwine of Hickson. “He proves it on the mat. When he gets out there, he wrestles really well.”
The regional wrestling tournament is February 11-12 at Spanish Springs High School while the Class 5A state tournament will be held the following week at Cimarron-Memorial High School.