The singlets that Trevor Sloan and Ty Weber put on for Monday's all-state wrestling dual meet were slightly stretched more than usual. But that's the way it was for most of the guys at the meet.
"We were all pretty out of shape," Sloan said. "The coaches even took it easy on us because they saw we were all a little out of shape. They cut our practices from four to three."
Sloan and Weber both wrestled well above their weight during the season. Sloan weighed in at 227 and Weber at 165 when Sloan could have wrestled at 215 all season and Weber was at 152.
"They really didn't care about weight," Weber said. "As long as the guy you wrestled was near your weight."
Sloan's opponent was Matt Case from Highland High School. Case finished fourth in Class 3A at 215. Sloan said he "handled (Case) pretty easily" with a 14-2 win.
Weber's opponent was the runner-up in 2A, Juan Ramirez from Revere. Ramirez earned a quick take down on Weber and briefly had him on his back.
"I was real stiff and rusty," Weber said. "I hadn't really wrestled since state."
Weber battled back to tie it at the end of the first period and eventually took the 12-5 win but it wasn't easy.
"That third period was hard to hold on," he said. "But it was fun to be there."
The wrestlers arrived in Greeley on Sunday and had two practices in which they mostly wrestled live. Monday they had one more practice and then the dual started at 7 p.m. at Butler-Hancock gym on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado.
The teams were separated into north and south squads and each wrestler had one match. To Sloan's surprise, he and his high school teammate were on the south squads.
"I'm pretty sure we aren't considered in the south part of Colorado," he said. "But it wasn't really that big of a deal."
Sloan, who is undecided about college but is leaning toward Adams State College and Weber, who plans to attend Western Wyoming Community College, said they enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the two-day event.
"Everybody there was competitive, but it wasn't a real nerve racking experience," Sloan said. "If you lost, you got a pat on your back, if you won you got a pat on your back."
The Bulldog seniors were on their first losing team of the year as the "south" team lost, 34-17. But given the circumstances, they weren't affected much by the loss.
"It was just an honor to be there," Weber said. "A nice way to end high school wrestling."
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org