With 10 seconds remaining in a crucial state match, Moffat County High School’s Charlie Griffiths was ready to wrestle.
Unfortunately, his opponent wouldn’t let him.
Griffiths fell, 5-2, in the semifinals of the state wrestling championship after his opponent, Fort Morgan’s Brandon Hoffman, ran around the ring as seconds slipped off the clock.
“My feeling was that he should have been called for stalling,” MCHS coach Roman Gutierrez said. “He was just running away for the last 10 seconds.”
Griffiths fell behind early but was able to tie the match, 2-2, in the third period.
“He was wrestling aggressively,” Gutierrez said. “But everyone at state is a high-caliber wrestler, and you can’t fall behind early.”
Griffiths started Friday with an 11-3 win against Arvada’s Garet Krohn to advance to the semifinals.
At 12:30 p.m. today, he will wrestle for a third-place finish.
Every other MCHS grappler has been eliminated.
A day after beating Silver Creek’s Alex Mann, Nathan Tomlin was unable to get past Conifer’s Colby Kluesner, who won, 7-1.
Tomlin was injured during the match, and had to forfeit his next match against Mesa Ridge’s Devante Johnson.
Cody Adams, who fell Thursday night to Woodland’s Shawn MacMahill, was pinned in the third round against Mountain View’s Julian Cota.
Ben Winslow was defeated Thursday, 10-4, by Pueblo Central’s Michael Miller.
On Friday, Winslow was knocked out of the tournament by Alameda’s Tanner Harrod by a pin in the first period.
Pfau becomes 2nd girl to win match at State
Meeker High School’s Cody Pfau, one of a handful of girls at the state wrestling tournament, won her first match of the tournament.
Pfau became only the second girl to win a state match.
Soroco’s Lauren Bruggink became the first female wrestler to win a match when she defeated Custer’s Cameron Ham moments before Pfau won.
Wrestling in the 103-pound class, Pfau was able to pin Julio Maldonado, of Center, in her second match.
Pfau, a freshman, fell in the first round to Rocky Ford’s Ray Rodriguez.
In the second round of consolation bouts, Pfau fell to Cripple Creek’s Tanner Watkins.
Pfau was the last Meeker Cowboy to wrestle.
Fellow Cowboys Justin Hardy and Pat Love were knocked out of the tournament in the consolation bracket.
Love, who wrestles in the 152-pound bracket, fell in the first round to Antonito’s Joey Gallegos and to Mike Millin, of Simla.
Hardy, the Cowboys’ 160-pound entrant, fell to Ron Ortivez, of La Veta, in the first round, then Rocky Ford’s William Lutz in the consolation bracket.
T-Lane Mazzola makes it to the final round
Hayden High School’s T-Lane Mazzola won both of his Thursday matches at the state tournament and will advance to the championship round.
In the semifinals, Mazzola held on for a 4-3 win against Burlington’s Miguel Torres to make it to the final round.
Chad Terry wasn’t able to survive a late attack in his match against Ignacio’s Alex Pena, and he fell by a close margin.
Wrestling in the 119-pound class, Terry was leading, 6-2, with seconds remaining in the third period, but Pena mounted a comeback in the closing seconds to win, 7-6.
Hayden’s third undefeated wrestler, Treyben Letlow, had not wrestled as of press time.
Nick Williams was defeated twice Friday and was eliminated from the tournament.