Jarman’s OT victory highlights Central’s mat win
Central’s Soloman Jarman was almost too tired to celebrate.
After a grueling back-and-forth three periods, Jarman and Montrose’s Conner Lawson were tied at 7-7. In overtime, Jarman saw an opening and zipped in for a takedown 12 seconds into OT for the win at 182 pounds.
“I just persevered and pushed through it. I just tried to go as hard as I could the whole way,” he said.
Central came away with a 54-22 win in Thursday’s Southwestern League dual, winning 10 matches, including two forfeits.
The 182-pound battle was the highlight of the dual.
Lawson is a rarity in high school wrestling: This is the senior’s first year on the mat.
“I thought, ‘Why not?’ ” He said with a smile, adding he didn’t want to play basketball anymore.
The all-conference linebacker for the Indians made his mark with a physical brand of play. What he lacks in technical ability on the mat, he makes up for with a rough physicality that wears down his opponent.
Jarman, a junior, emerged from the match with a smile and a bloody lip.
“It feels so good (to win). It shows that all the work is paying off,” he said.
Lawson said he’s still learning.
“Every week I’ve gotten better, and I keep working,” he said.
Jarman scored a reversal at the first-period buzzer to take a 4-1 lead. But Lawson powered his way back into the match and took a 6-4 lead on a reversal with 1:32 remaining in the match. He upped the lead to 7-4, but Jarman scored an escape with 19 seconds left, then a takedown with four seconds remaining. Lawson pried himself free, but it came a second after the buzzer, so the match went into overtime.
Lawson said he tried to be aggressive, but he made a mistake in overtime.
“I wasn’t thinking, I didn’t move my feet, and he attacked,” he said.
Central coach Laurence Gurule was pleased with the Warriors’ showing and singled out sophomore Andres Martinez, who won by first-period pin at 220.
“Andres wrestled big-time for us tonight. He’s struggled of late, but he did a good job tonight,” Gurule said. “As a team, I was pleased. Now we just have to get better.”
Central’s 113-pound freshman Riley Garner-Orr continued his march toward regionals with a first-period pin over Gus Reed. The victory was the start of five straight wins for the Warriors.
Andrew Bench earned a 9-2 decision over Ian Meek, and Brandon Chadd won by pin over Nick Sulham.
Kyle Martinez won an exciting match over Montrose’s Jeff Dick, turning him late in the second period and getting the pin.
Central picked up wins at 160 with Jacob Haydon pinning Royal Haulman at the 2:28 mark, and 170 with Isaac Bair picking up a first-period pin over Fernando Mosqueda.
Montrose picked up four wins, including a first-period pin by second-ranked Class 4A heavyweight Jesus Casillas.
Colton Bradshaw won by pin over Ryan James at 106 for Montrose, and 145-pounder Nolan Butcher earned a pin at the 3:40 mark over Central’s Cody Wentz. Ethan Davis won a majority decision over at 152.
Central took 138 and 195 by forfeit.