By way of the pin: Canavan downs Solseth, lifts Montrose past Olathe

Montrose High School’s Mike Canavan is shown the winner following his 103-pound-bout with Olathe’s Jacob Solseth Saturday afternoon at Brownson Arena.

Mike Canavan figured he needed a pin to win, but he never planned on possibly being pinned himself.

The Montrose High School 103-pound senior was nearly put on his back Saturday before pinning Olathe’s Jacob Solseth in the Maverick Duals at Brownson Arena at Mesa State College.

Canavan’s pin led the Indians, ranked 10th in Class 4A, to a 42-32 victory Saturday over their rival, Olathe, ranked second in Class 2A, in the championship match.

“I knew it would be a close dual,” Montrose coach Kevin Passehl said. “If we were going to beat them, we had to pin them. Braxten (Franz) did a good job and was able to pin a bigger kid. Mike did and Geordon (Hudson) did after a slow start.

“It was a tough tournament. It means our kids are getting tougher. We learned to pin.”

Central claimed a 51-25 victory over Legacy in the third-place match. Matthew Gurule (112), Mical Kramer (285) and Willy Holdren (145) were 5-0 in the day-long tournament. Jaqub Gurule (119) was 2-0.

“The kids did a good job,” Central coach Laurence Gurule said. “We wrestled Olathe in camp and we were beat by them. We wrestled them close today. They are tough. A couple matches could’ve gone either way.”

The Indians, who trailed the Pirates 23-6, won seven matches, all by pin, in the final. Bryce Gaber started the Montrose rally with a first-period pin at 171 pounds. Jordan Passehl and Franz recorded pins at 189 and 215, but Montrose gave up a forfeit at heavyweight to give Olathe a 29-24 lead with the four lightest weights left.

Canavan scored a quick takedown in the pivotal 103-pound match, but Solseth turned Canavan for a reverse and scored three near-fall points for a 5-2 lead. Canavan, though, was able to reverse Solseth and pin him with 31 seconds left.

“I knew I had to get six (team points) to get us back on top,” Canavan said. “He caught me. I was not thinking; I was not expecting that. The team was not expecting it, either. I had to fight off the bottom.”

Canavan’s win put Montrose (12-1) back ahead 30-29 before Hudson (112) and Drew Schumann (125) clinched the dual with pins. Canavan, Schumann, Gaber, Passehl and Franz went 5-0 in the tourney.

“It was a good dual,” Olathe coach Harvey Starbuck said. “We’ve got some holes we’re filling, but the kids are coming along. It was pin or be pinned.

“(Solseth) is a good little kid. That could’ve gone either way. If he had his hips a little lower, he could’ve got (Canavan).”

Solseth did pin Central’s Dusty Sanchez to clinch Olathe’s 40-38 victory over the Warriors in the semifinals.

Olathe (5-1) also knocked off Coal Ridge, Holy Family and Legacy in the tournament. Zach Shank (119), Myles Yarnell (140), Kris Nieto (152) and Kyle Piatt (160) were 5-0 in the tournament. Shank and Piatt were chosen the tournament’s outstanding wrestlers by the coaches.

Olathe gets another shot at Montrose at 7 p.m. Thursday.


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