Wrestling at 3 top weights has helped Jamison
Pick a weight in the upper three classes and Kyle Jamison has competed in it this season.
He’s been the Central High School wrestling team’s jack of all trades.
Jamison began the season weighing 203 pounds. Early in the season he filled in for the Warriors’ 215-pounder, Mical Kramer, and even for heavyweight Zach Rosales.
By the time the Palisade Invitational rolled around on Jan. 17, coach Laurence Gurule needed a 189-pounder.
“He’s one of those kids that (says), ‘What can I do for the team?’ ” Gurule said.
The past six week, Jamison has settled in at 189, and that’s where he’ll wrestling this weekend in the Class 5A Region 4 tournament.
Central gets the bonus of hosting the tournament this year.
The top four finishers in each weight division will earn berths in next week’s Class 5A state tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Jamison, a sophomore, has set a goal of being one of the four 189-pounders to qualify.
Although he took some lumps wrestling at the heavier weights (his record was 6-6 competing at 215 and 285), it paid some dividends for him.
“It helped me in a lot of ways,” Jamison said. “It made me better.”
Primarily, he had to figure out how to wrestle stronger guys.
“I learned (to not) give up and always fight,” he said.
It also forced him to learn to do a better job of wrestling from the down position.
It took a while for Jamison to adjust to his new weight class, but since the switch, he’s gone 7-9.
“I had to work really hard,” he said.
He had to eat smaller portions to lose the weight. The loss of nearly 15 pounds left him a bit weaker at first.
“After I got down to the weight, I started leveling out,” he said.
“He feels a lot more comfortable,” Gurule said.
There are some advantages to being at a lighter weight.
“I feel quicker,” Jamison said.
Takedowns were a problem earlier in the season, but Gurule said Jamison has gotten much better wrestling on his feet.
“Of late he’s wrestled better,” Gurule said.
Jamison believes the mental side of the sport will play as big a role for him this weekend as the physical side.
“This weekend I’m looking to get mat time,” he said.
Ironically, if he does it correctly, the longer he stays in the winners’ bracket, the fewer matches he’ll have to wrestle.
The first round starts at 3 p.m. on Friday. Quarterfinals and the first round of consolation will be completed by the time the tournament breaks Friday night.
Saturday’s consolation rounds, followed by the semifinals, resume at 9 a.m.
The parade of champions and the finals are set to start at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
In response to a statewide call, donations will be taken at Central during the tournament to help defray medical expenses for Nathan Heuer.
Heuer, a 189-pound wrestler from Roosevelt who was a Warrior Classic champion in December, was diagnosed late last week with a malignant tumor in his back and will not wrestle this weekend.