Carcamo’s win helps GJ rally past Olathe

Jessie Carcamo may need to keep his inhaler a little closer during wrestling matches.

The Grand Junction High School junior was losing his breath in a tight match the Tigers needed. Once he got his breath back, the 152-pounder returned to the mat and found the strength to score a late takedown in the third period for a 10-8 victory.

“(Wrestling) is a lot harder than I expected,” Carcamo said. “I had to believe I was better than that. I shouldn’t have an injury break. That’s unacceptable. I should’ve been in way better condition. I had to find extra energy to get (the win).

“I had to get some sort of air. I believed I had more in me, and I did it.”

His victory helped the Tigers to a come-from-behind 39-32 victory over Olathe, ranked third in Class 3A.

The Pirates won the first four matches, but Grand Junction won seven of the next eight for the victory, starting with Louis Guillen at 138 pounds.

“To be honest, that’s about what we expected on paper,” Grand Junction coach Cole Allison said. “We started the dual in the heart of their lineup. They’ve got three or four state-placers in a row. Louis was probably the key to that dual. We had to get that momentum broken. It wasn’t pretty, but I guess we got it.”

Olathe’s returning state qualifiers helped the Pirates build a 22-0 lead.

Austin Shank, Trenton Piatt and Jacob Solseth pinned their opponents. Ben Pridy won a major decision over Jeff Christeleit.

“I thought Jacob Solseth looked real good,” Olathe coach Tee Jay Rose said. “That was his first match back from his car accident.”

Grand Junction started to turn the tide in the 138-pound match when Guillen persevered to defeat Troy Rose 7-5.

“I went in confident and got a little winded,” Guillen said. “I had to find my second wind.”

Guillen scored a reversal in the final minute of the match.

“Louis has to wrestle better,” Allison said. “He’s one of our top guys. We expect him to place high at state this year. Not that he wrestled super poorly, but he didn’t look ready to compete to me.”

The match at 138 was difficult for coach Rose to watch, too.

“It’s always hard when it’s your son,” he said. “That’s the reason coach (Ryan) Corn takes care of him. That way I can go home and still live with him.”

Matt King, Jonny Pauli and Robbie Gonzalez scored pins for the Tigers in the first minute of their matches.

“The big guys saved our light guys today,” Allison said. “We have some young guys in terms of mat time. I can’t say enough about Matt King. He’s really busting his butt. He’s a tough kid.”

Everett Tucker did not wrestle Thursday for personal reasons, Allison said.

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