Thursday, February 19, 2004
Jake Doolin looks like he has horns.
From the side, it's hard to make out exactly what pattern the Hayden junior shaved into his hair for this year's state wrestling tournament, but a closer look reveals that Doolin has a double Mohawk with an orangish tint that joins at the front of his head.
"My sister cut it Sunday," Doolin said. "I call it the V-hawk."
Whether the "V" will hold up for the remainder of the state wrestling tournament remains to be seen, but it showed a hint of symbolism in Thursday's opening round.
Doolin notched a 7-3 victory against Sargent's Kye Fuston in their 140-pound opening match, as another victim fell prey to Doolin's trademark throw that helped give him the cushion he needed to hold on for the win.
"I still didn't move on the bottom very well," he said. "Other than that, I thought I wrestled well."
Doolin, along with senior Jason Rolando (189 pounds) and junior Randy Muhme (Hwt.), represented the Tigers as the State Wrestling Tournament began Thursday.
Doolin (19-3) was the lone Hayden wrestler to advance to today's quarterfinals, but Rolando (18-5) and Muhme (24-5) are alive in the consolation bracket.
This is Doolin's third straight appearance at the Pepsi Center, and it showed in his post-match demeanor. Doolin said he's done worrying about who the next opponent is.
"When you pay attention, it plays mind games," he said.
But Muhme couldn't help but notice who he was up against during Thursday's weigh-ins. At the heavyweight division, it matters not what a wrestler weighs as long as he isn't heavier than 275 pounds.
Muhme weighs more than 250. Two wrestlers weighted less than Muhme. The other 13 in the bracket are more than 265 pounds and taller than 6 feet.
"It was intimidating," he said.
Muhme and Rolando, while upperclassmen, are state wrestling rookies. Muhme, a first-year high school wrestler, technically is a freshman, Hayden assistant Leif Jacobsen said.
Rolando, who lost an 8-6 overtime decision to Las Animas' Clint Myers on Thursday, will face Sangre's Caleb Brown in today's consolations.
Muhme, who was pinned in 47 seconds by Fowler's Taylor Hurd, will face Marcus Pacheco of Del Norte.
Today's 2A quarterfinals and consolations begin at 10 a.m.