Bright lights, quick pins |

Bright lights, quick pins

Two of three Hayden wrestlers advance to state quarterfinals

Hayden 160-pound wrestler Jake Magee struggles to break free from Stratton's David Brachtenbach in the first round of Thursday's CHSAA 2A State Wrestling Tournament at the Pepsi Center. Brachtenbach beat Magee, 6-1, pushing Magee into today's single-elimination consolation bracket.
Dave Shively

— Hayden 160-pound wrestler Jake Magee got plenty of sleep Wednesday night, but nothing could prepare him for that first match under the glowing Pepsi Center scoreboard.

“Just being here for the first time – I’m shell-shocked,” Magee said after his first-round match Thursday at the three-day Colorado High School Activities Association 2A State Wrestling Tournament. “It’s so big.”

Magee was the first to admit he came out a little sluggish in his match against Stratton’s David Brachtenbach.

“I was wrestling stupid and wrestling slow,” Magee said. “I wasn’t trying to work my moves, I was just sort of laying there. Nothing was clicking.”

Magee lost the match, 6-1, and is now part of today’s single-elimination consolation bracket, where he will face Antonito’s Vincent Dupont.

With one state tournament already under his belt, Hayden’s Coy Letlow went in a little more relaxed.

“It helped that I’ve already been here,” Letlow said. “I knew what to expect.”

Letlow jumped ahead two points in the first period of what started as a close match with Fleming’s Jarod Stone in the 171-pound class.

“He was kind of a tough kid to keep down,” Letlow said. “But I figured out how to control him by throwing my legs a couple of times.”

Ahead 15-4, Letlow pinned Stone 10 seconds into the third period. Letlow faces Rocky Ford’s Jacob Jurney, a skilled senior with a 38-1 record, in today’s quarterfinals.

Hayden’s most impressive performance of the day was Mitch Doolin’s victory in the 140-pound class. Doolin went low, grabbed Cripple Creek wrestler Ryan Bowman’s leg and had him pinned in 45 seconds.

“I just had to come out and push him and not be backed up,” Doolin said. “I didn’t know anything about him, I just knew I had to come up and not get caught.”

The win places Doolin (26-10) against Simla’s Michael Hamacher (26-7) in today’s quarterfinals.

The trio of talented sophomores gave Hayden eight team points to put them in 17th place in the field of 60 Class 2A schools represented at the tournament.

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