Cherokee Trail junior Max Gonzales, left, and Ponderosa freshman Cohl Schultz tie up early in the first period of the Class 5A 220 pound state final at the state wrestling tournament on Feb. 20 2016, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Like a moth to a flame, Max Gonzales was drawn directly into Cohl Schultz’s arms Feb. 20 at the Pepsi Center. Cherokee Trail’s first-ever finalist at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament, Gonzales hoped to beat Schultz — Ponderosa’s freshman phenom who held On The Mat’s No. 1 ranking for the entire season — something only one wrestler had done all season.