Repeat after me
GJ's Trujillo wins back-to-back state titles
DENVER — When Grand Junction High School junior Jacob Trujillo wrestles, it’s his match to dictate, not the other way around.
So even when Doherty senior Brandon Supernaw tried a different approach — taking a more aggressive tack — in his 160-pound rematch against Trujillo, it didn’t matter.
That’s why Saturday night Trujillo walked out of the Pepsi Center with his second state title at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament. One year after winning the crown at 145, he’s the king at 160.
The score was the same as the Saturday before when Trujillo beat Supernaw in a regional final, 8-4. But Trujillo gave Supernaw credit for trying to make it a tougher match the second time around.
“He was a little more aggressive,” said Trujillo, who finished the year 28-1. “He had a game plan.
“But I don’t wrestle their match. I make them wrestle my match. … The only difference (from the regional win) is it’s a bigger stage, and for the title.”
That was the case with one exception. Trujillo surrendered a takedown for the first time this season.
Trujillo scored the first two takedowns and released Supernaw after each, but the second time, Supernaw came back and took down Trujillo with 38 seconds left in the second period.
“I got lazy on that,” Trujillo said. “That was my fault. I didn’t do what I should’ve done.”
It made him refocus, though, as he said, “In my head, I’m thinking, ‘How bad do you want it?’ “
The rest of the match made it clear he wanted Title No. 2 as he reasserted control and got an escape and a takedown before the second period ended for a 7-4 lead. His escape in the final period was the only other point scored.
When it was over, Trujillo could relax and enjoy his accomplishment.
“It feels good,” he said. “All of the hard work you put in year-round … to hear the whistle and have your hand raised feels great.”
Trujillo said there wasn’t much different this year than last year in terms of winning the championship, except, “I knew I’d have to put in more work because I’d have a target on my back.”
He expects the same next year, when he seeks his fourth straight finals berth and third state championship.
“I’ll do more work in the offseason. That’s my top priority,” Trujillo said. “I’m going to have to put every minute into training.”