Challenge comes with being two-time defending Classic wrestling champion

There’s a challenge that comes with being a two-time defending Warrior Classic wrestling champion as a junior.

Casey Lynn is fully aware of that legacy. He wants his name in the history books.

“There’s only been one so far,” the 125-pound Montezuma-Cortez wrestler said of the tournament’s roster of four-time champions.

That was Tucker Lane of Nucla, who won titles in progressive weights beginning at 171 pounds in 2003.

Lynn has long-range plans of becoming only the second four-time Warrior Classic champion, but he’s more focused on the short-term at present. He needs to win two matches today in order to claim his third Warrior title.

Lynn made quick work of his two opponents in Friday’s first two rounds. He pinned Kia Perea of Douglas County in 1 minute, 34 seconds in his first-round match, then stopped Grand Junction’s Anthony Duncan in 3:07 in the second round.

Lynn won his first two Warrior Classic titles at 103 pounds, including a victory over eventual Class 5A state champion Matthew Gurule of Central in last year’s championship match. He’s noticed little difference moving up three weight classes this season.

“My style’s pretty much the same,” he said of relying on his quickness and technique.

He has noticed the difference an offseason of work in the weight room and through a full freestyle schedule has made. His added strength ahas an extra bonus as well.

“I just feel like I have more energy,” he said.

Lynn finished second in the 4A state tournament as a freshman and fourth last year. That’s provided ample motivation for this season.

He spends much of his time in the practice room squaring off against the Panthers’
135-pounder, Jesse Blakely.

“I don’t really notice it,” he said of going against a wrestler two weight classes above him. “Ten pounds isn’t that much of a difference.”

There’s another plus.

“We push each other, so every day we both get better,” he said.

Dove Creek’s Colten Husky also got a good start Friday toward repeating as a Warrior Classic champion, winning by technical fall and by a second-period pin Friday.

“I don’t really think of its as pressure,” he said. “I don’t think about anything that happened last year or this year.”

After winning the 135-pound title last year, he has moved up to 145 as a senior. Huskey, who will wrestle at the University of Northern Colorado next year, is working primarily on his takedowns this season.

“I’m trying to beat my (school takedown) record of last year,” he said of his mark of 117.
Huskey won the state 2A

135-pound title last year after finishing third as a freshman and second as a sophomore. That runner-up finish two years ago has fueled him.

“From that moment on, I wrestled every tournament as if it were a state tournament,” he said.

Roosevelt took a healthy start toward winning its third consecutive Warrior team title. The Roughriders scored 79 points and advanced nine wrestlers through the first two rounds.

Central is second with 66.5 points, five points ahead of Uintah, Utah.

Roosevelt is in its first year in the 4A classification after being a perennial contender in the 3A division. Friday’s results did nothing to dispel the Roughriders’ No. 1 ranking in this week’s On the Mat 4A team ratings.

Central and Palisade both advanced six wrestlers to the quarterfinals, Grand Junction four and Fruita Monument two.

Quarterfinal and third-round consolation matches being at 9 a.m. today, followed immediately by semifinal and consolation matches.

Championship, third-place and fifth-place matches start at 7 p.m.


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