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Poudre, Windsor wrestling win regionals as 37 locals qualify for state

12 Feb 2017

, Coloradoan

The Fort Collins and Windsor areas will be well-represented at next week's State Wrestling Tournament in Denver. In total, 37 local wrestlers placed in the top four of their respective weight classes at regional tournaments on Saturday to earn bids at state. Both Poudre and Windsor High Schools won regional team titles. Poudre, which is ranked No. 4 as a team according to On The Mat rankings, won Class 5A Region 4 held at Arvada West. Meanwhile, Windsor ranked fourth at 4A by On The Mat ranking and took home first at Class 4A Region 2 in Frederick.

The Impalas qualified 10 of 14 weights and garnered six top place finishes at their regional. Two-time defending state champion Jacob Greenwood took first at 138 while his younger brother Job was first at 126. After Jacob's triumph at 138, Poudre ran off top-place finishes in the three successive weight classes with David Bekkedahl (145), Derron Lennon (152) and Peter Knott (160) all placing first. Cole Yung rounded out the regional champs for Poudre by taking first at 195. Weston Mayer (220) and Alex Alvarez (120) both used second-place finishes to punch their ticket to state. James Campbell (170) and Brody Lamb (132) did the same with third-place finishes.

Rocky Mountain qualified nine and placed fourth at Region 3 at Cherokee Trail. Josh Betts was the only Lobo to win a regional title at 152, but the Lobos showed off solid depth across the lineup. They had a plethora of wrestlers who finished third, starting with Evan Snell at 106 and Christian DeHerrera at 113. Then Steven Doyle (170), Alec Hargreaves (182) and Jake Bennett (195) all finished third, as well. Matt Maguire at 160 and Johnny Murphy at 126 both took fourth place to solidify their spot at state. Perhaps the effort of the day for Rocky Mountain came at 132, where Gunnar Anderson climbed his back through a wrestle-back to qualify with a fourth-place finish.

Fossil Ridge will be sending four wrestlers after coming in sixth in Region 4. Brennen Houchin was second at 195. A trio of third-place finishers in the middle weights rounded things out for the SaberCats. Will Henrickson (126), Kyle Smart (145) and Nathen Meyer (182) all took third.

Fort Collins will have four representatives following their seventh place finish, also in Region 4. Tanner Orth took first at 220 and Jon Engle was second at 285. Alan Studt was third at 160 and Cameron Turman became the fourth Lambkin to reach state with a fourth-place finish at 132.

The state tournament will commence with preliminary competition on Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.