Thompson Valley wrestlers finish Roosevelt Invite with style17 Dec 2014
By Mike Brohard, Reporter Hearld
Heck, even head coach Dave Juergensen didn't show up until the finals (he was making sure a junior varsity tournament ran well at the school). By the time he arrived, the Eagles had already sewed up the team title — they finished with 223.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Valley with 155.5, placing 10 wrestlers overall, eight of them reaching the finals.
Not that the Eagles were ready to call it a day, because despite dominating the finals in numbers, the team was looking to do the same on the mat. Which they did, winning seven of those eight appearances, some of them quite dynamic matchups.
"From watching them last night to watching them there in the finals, it seemed like they were at a different speed," Juergensen said. "They were a lot quicker, a lot more aggressive. (Assistant coach) Steve (Gerrard) and I were just talking about it. A few years ago, we'd get kids in the finals but we weren't closing. Now the guys are maturing and finding a way to get it done in the finals."
In the process, the Eagles won a battle of undefeated wrestlers (Vlad Kazakov's 5-0 decision of Andrew Jaramillo of Platte Valley), avenged a lone loss on the season (Ben Hewson's 7-5 win over Roman Ortiz at 152) and knocked off another undefeated foe in the process (David Eusea's escape of a headlock for a 14-8 decision over Fort Morgan's Alex Mai). But the jewel of the bunch came from Parker Simington at 160 pounds.
He took on Brendan Gonzales of Valley, pitting a pair of undefeated state champions for a great early season test. Simington proved to be just too good on his feet, taking a 12-6 decision. Even when it looked like Gonzales would use a Simington shot against him, Simington came out the better for the scramble.
While it was a good win, it was better because it showed the junior where he still needs to work.
"It's definitely a confidence booster," Simington said. "It was a really tough match and he wrestled great. It really took some gut. I got tired there in the second period, and it showed that I need to work on some things, my conditioning being one. I pushed through, and that definitely gives me confidence."
The other Eagles to win in the finals were Morgan Fogg (113), Zach Kinnison (126) and Mike Berg (170). Berg posted the only pin in the finals for the team, and it came at the expense of Loveland's Jimmy Preciado. The two had met less than 24 hours prior, with Berg winning a 3-2 decision. This time around, Berg was a bit more aggressive, getting the ref to slap the mat before the clock could end the first period, the fall coming at 1:59.
Berg originally wasn't going to wrestle this season, but with some "encouragement" from his teammates, he's back and makes the Eagles an even stronger team.
"When I got the news, I almost took it as a joke, it was so unbelievable," Simington said. "I'm really glad he's back. We did what we could to convince him to come out, but overall, it's his choice. He did have a choice, but there was definitely a better choice, and that was to wrestle."
Loveland did pick up a finals win as Charles Dunkelman pinned Platte Valley's Jeremiah Land in 2:42 at 220 to help LHS finish sixth with 72 points. It was the first tournament championship for Dunkelman, who feels the experience he gained last year is the biggest key to his quality start.
"When I'm about to start the match and I go in, I basically see how he is, then I get my thought of what I'm going to do," Dunkelman said. "How his stance is and how he's opening up. Last year, I didn't really have that. This year I do."
Roosevelt had two finalists, but both Dustin Hayden (145) and Nathan Putullaz (285) dropped decisions. The Riders finished ninth, and first-year coach Brandon Montoya feels his team needs to have a little more go in its matches.
"For the most part, we've just got to move our feet," Montoya said. "We didn't move too well on our feet, creating any motion. We've got to have more of an offense. We waited too much, waited for them to shoot, reacted, instead of kind of pushing our pace, getting on the guy and us dictating the match instead of seeing what they were going to do to us."
The one final the Eagles did lose came at 182, where Patton Graff lost 16-6 to Rocky Mountain's top-ranked an unbeaten Konnor Schmidt.
Matt Berg (145) took third for the Eagles, while Omar Portales (220) took fourth, as did Quentin Cole (182) while wrestling unattached. Loveland's Seth Abreo (113) took third, while Roosevelt's Logan Newcomb (132) was fourth.
Team scores — Thompson Valley 223.5, Valley 155.5, Rocky Mountain 119.5, Prairie View 83, Discovery Canyon 75.5, Loveland 72, Castle View 68.5, Platte Valley 65.5, Roosevelt 61.5, Fort Morgan 65, Montrose 61, Holy Family 61.
106 — Malik Heinselman, CV, d. Gage Loveall, PrV, 6-2.
113 — Morgan Fogg, TV, md. Josh Nira, RM, 8-0.
120 — Vlad Kazakov, TV, d. Andrew Jaramillo, PV, 5-0.
126 — Zach Kinnison, TV, d. Zach Damian, V, 6-2.
132 — Ruben Lucero, V, p. Patrick Vigil, M, :45.
138 — Sam Turner, Discovery Canyon, tf. Ryan Waite, PV, 17-1.
145 — Julian Prieto, HF, d. Dustin Hayden, R, 7-2.
152 — Ben Hewson, TV, d. Roman Ortiz, RM, 7-5.
160 — Parker Simington, TV, d. Brendan Gonzales, V, 12-6.
170 — Mike Berg, TV, p. Jimmy Preciado, L, 1:59.
182 — Konnor Schmidt, RM, md. Patton Graff, TV, 16-6.
195 — David Eusea, TV, d. Alex Mai, FM, 14-8.
220 — Charles Dunkelman, L, p. Jeremiah Land, PV, 2:42.
285 — Jesus Ibarra, FM, d. Nathan Putullaz, R, 3-0.