Peter Isais, Britton Holmes claim back-to-back state wrestling titles

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Photo - Pine Creek's Peter Isais celebrates his 13-6 win over Cheyenne Mountain's Zac Baker as time expires in the 4A 160-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Pine Creek's Peter Isais celebrates his 13-6 win over Cheyenne Mountain's Zac Baker as time expires in the 4A 160-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

DENVER - Pine Creek's Peter Isais had a comfortable lead as the seconds wound down on his finals win, but he decided to go for one more takedown anyway.

Peyton's Britton Holmes celebrated his championship with a back flip.

Without question, the Pikes Peak region's two-time state winners made the most of their last high school wrestling match on Saturday at the Pepsi Center.

"That's definitely how you want to finish your last match ever," Isais said.

Pine Creek’s Peter Isais battles Cheyenne Mountain’s Zac Baker in the 4A 160-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Isais won 13-6. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Pine Creek’s Peter Isais battles Cheyenne Mountain’s Zac Baker in the 4A 160-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Isais won 13-6. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

Isais finished off Cheyenne Mountain's Zac Baker 13-6 in the Class 4A 160-pound championship match and then announced that he was done with wrestling for good. Instead he will play football at North Dakota State next season as a preferred walk-on.

Holmes, who won his second straight finals over Ignacio's Ethan Appenzeller in 2A at 145 pounds, also closed his career on traditional high school wrestling - also called folkstyle wrestling.

He'll head to Northern Michigan next season to wrestle Greco-Roman.

"I'm done," Holmes said of folkstyle. "It's been 14 years now but it's time to go onto bigger and better things."

The Pikes Peak region had 12 wrestlers make it to the finals but only three made out with gold.

Peyton’s Britton Holmes wrestles Ignacio’s Ethan Appenzeller in the 2A 145-pound final match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Holmes won 5-3. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Peyton’s Britton Holmes wrestles Ignacio’s Ethan Appenzeller in the 2A 145-pound final match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Holmes won 5-3. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

Holmes kicked it off with a 5-3 victory. For the second straight year his aggressive style and strength were too much for Appenzeller.

Holmes has now won the school's first and only two wrestling titles in history.

It just won't be the last, he said.

"We're going to have younger kids coming up and they're going to win more," Holmes said. "I'm sure not going to be the only one. Peyton is on the map now."

Isais improved to 3-0 against Baker in high school wrestling.

The Eagles senior, who also beat Baker in the last two Colorado Springs Metros tournaments, stretched out a 6-5 lead over the course of the third period.

He then made it 13-6 with a three-point takedown in the final seconds.

"We have a saying, there's a lot of points on the edge of the mat," Pine Creek coach Billy Gabel said. "Peter is a master of taking advantage of the edge of the mat."

Coronado's Jimmy Weaver was the other state winner in 5A at 182 on Saturday. He improved to 41-1 this year after his 2-1 decision over Ponderosa's Jayden Woodruff.