Oh, so close
Eaton senior Toby Gavette (38-6) just couldn’t find ample enough opportunity against Jefferson freshman Angelo Lozado (35-11). Lozado edged Gavette 6-3 in the 3A 113-pound championship match.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, Gavette evened the score with a double-leg takedown with 14 seconds left in the second period.
Gavette started the third period on bottom. Lozado locked him in a cradle and scored a pair of near-fall points to go up 4-2 with 1:07 left in the third period.
Gavette recorded an escape with 42 seconds left, but Lozado polished off the win with a takedown with just 1 second left.
Gavette’s senior teammate Dylan Yancey (42-6) trailed Valley’s Isaiah Rios just 2-1 after one period and 6-3 after two periods but he ultimately couldn’t get any closer, as Rios defended Gavette’s scoring attempts nicely.
Still, this is a solid improvement from one year to the next for Yancey, who placed third at state a year ago. Gavette didn’t even place last year.
Brush recorded a pair of runner-up finishes from seniors Oswaldo Nunez (152, 30-7) and Wyatt Pfau (170, 40-4).
Nunez lost by the most narrow of margins, 8-7, to Jefferson junior Nick Gallegos (43-7). Nunez placed third at state a year ago.
Pfau, who won a state title a year ago, had all the early momentum — and a 4-0 lead — against Eaton’s Ty Garnhart in the 170-pound title match, but he couldn’t hold on, giving up the final four points of the match while suffering late from an asthma attack (more on that below).
Platte Valley junior Josh Yancey has faced Valley’s Jaziah Whaley regularly this season.
Yancey lost 8-3 to Whaley in the finals of the Florence Invitational on Jan. 19, and lost to him again via a 13-0 major decision at the Region 2 championship finals on Feb. 16.
For what it’s worth, Yancey’s 7-0 loss to Whaley in the 3A 160-pound finals was among the most competitive matches the dominant Whaley has had this season.
Yancey’s runner-up finish Saturday was an impressive improvement from his sixth-place finish at state a year ago.