DENVER — A quick high-five in celebration of making a state final and Jacob Greenwood was off running.
After the Poudre High School sophomore won his Class 5A 132-pound wrestling semifinal at Pepsi Center Friday night, he spent a solid five minutes running through the hallways far away from the fans.
There’s work to be done to be a champion, again.
Greenwood won a 126-pound title last year as a freshman, and he’s back for more.
He won his quarterfinal Friday afternoon with a 15-5 major decision. In his semi hours later, Greenwood pinned Fruita Monument’s Daniel Van Hoose at 3 minutes, 12 seconds.
“It feels good,” Greenwood said. “It’s what I came here to do, so I’m not surprised. I’ve got to stay on task and finish what I came here to do tomorrow.”
Greenwood was in control from the beginning, keeping Van Hoose locked in a position where he couldn’t attack. Greenwood had several close chances before the middle of the second period when he finally had Van Hoose controlled and worked him into the pin.
“I was just moving my feet and getting on his head,” Greenwood said. “They can’t do much when their head is between their legs. I was just wrestling how I know how to wrestle.”
Greenwood will face Monarch’s Cole Polluconi in the final Saturday. He beat Polluconi 4-1 to win a Front Range League title in late January. Championship matches begin at 7 p.m.
Last year as a freshman Greenwood said his goal is to win four titles in a row, and he had the same business-like mentality. The post-match running helps cut weight in preparation for weigh-ins Saturday.
He’s a focused, deliberate athlete, but he did say some of the shine was taken off the semi win out of disappointment his brother Job Greenwood won’t join him in finals.
Job, a freshman at Poudre, lost his 120-pound semi 1-0 to Ponderosa’s Hunter Matney to drop into the consolation bracket. Poudre senior Diego Calderon lost his 152-pound semi 7-1 to Cherry Creek’s Matt Finesilver.
In the same position Jacob Greenwood was a year ago — a freshman in the finals — is another local.
Windsor’s Will Vombaur beat Greeley Central’s Ben Euresti via a third-period pin at 106 pounds in 4A. There was no big celebration from Vombaur or coach Monte Trusty. He simply exuded a quiet confidence as he became the only Wizard to make a final.
“I knew I could win, I just had to be patient and wait for my opportunity,” Wombaur said.
Vombaur, the No. 2 seed at 106, will face the top seed in Pueblo East’s Andrew Lucero.
Windsor’s Matteo Ambriz lost 8-3 in extra periods to Pueblo East’s Trent Fair in the semis.
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