Yes, the Poudre High School sophomore has big dreams filled with winning state titles (four of them, to be exact), but he also wants to do it his way.
Greenwood is a persistent, relentless attacker. On Saturday night at the Pepsi Center, he was in control of his 132-pound state title match against Monarch’s Cole Polluconi, but Greenwood wanted one last flourish.
With time ticking down in the final period, he grabbed the weary Polluconi and tossed him, winning his second state title in as many years with a 15-4 major decision. It would have been a pin if time hadn’t expired.
“It felt good to end on a bang like that,” Greenwood said. “A big throw like that at the end was something good to go out on.”
Greenwood edged Polluconi 4-1 in the Front Range League championships in late January, but rematches are always difficult and Greenwood knew he would have to battle.
“The second or third time you wrestle a guy, the mental piece gets harder each time because he’s looking for blood that much more every time,” Greenwood said. “It definitely plays a part in it. You definitely have to stay focused.”
Focus is something that’s never been an issue for Greenwood, who unabashedly admits he’s dreamed for a long time of adding his name to the short list of four-time state champions in Colorado history.
Ever since he was little, he’s watched the state tournament, walking the hallways with now-Poudre coach Barrett Golyer, conjuring up the dreams he’s now fulfilling. His accomplishments so far are a testament to a focus rarely seen and an unmatched work ethic.
“His intensity level is super high. A lot of guys think they’re working hard, and Jacob brings it to another level,” Golyer said. “He’s really mature. There are guys in college trying to develop that.”
He’s halfway to the dream four-peat. As a freshman, Greenwood pulled off semifinal and championship upsets few outside of his camp expected.
This year, he was the top man all year, and he’s perfectly fine with that.
“It was kind of fun to be the guy on top and show everybody that you’re the guy that’s supposed to be on the top,” Greenwood said. “That’s where I’m supposed to be, and this is just another stepping stone in where I want to be.”
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