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41st Warrior Classic

18 Dec 2017

By Tom Blair , ICW Staff

When you have six mats, eight refs, two gyms, 740 matches and a ton of volunteer help you know you are at the Warrior Classic. This event in it’s 41st year was held at Central High School in Grand Junction with 41 teams. The smaller gym space makes for tighter quarters with fast action on the mats, as there is no major breaks during the tournament. The fans have to choose in which gym they are going to settle in to watch the action and cheer on their home town team, because the weight classes are divided with seven in each gym for day one and half of day two.

By the end of day’s one wrestling, the semi-finals matches were set. The schedule had them to begin at 12 noon on Saturday of this two-day tournament. Consi rounds took place in the morning session of the tournament of the second day. During the short beak before the semi-finals coaches were treated by the host team Central HS – Grand Junction to a meal to fit a king and were able to sit back and discuss the matches that just got done.

Going thru the brackets before the semi-finals there were a number of upsets in almost every weight class leading up to the semi-finals as the tournament directors attempts to seed the tournament from the stats of each wrestler. So, upsets can happen as wrestlers get sick or have minor injuries that can change the looks of the bracket when you have live matches and not just figure it out on paper.

The semi-finals had a mixed of ranked wrestlers in the 14 weight classes, plus a mix of the different classification that were entered in the event. When the dust was settled the higher ranked or seed would move forward to the finals, except in the few weight classes. The semi-finals had a lot of action for the spectators to watch as two mats were used for those matches and a third mat for consi matches.  At 126 lbs unranked and unseeded Taylor Vasquez, Fountain Ft Carson win 9 – 7 to make it to the finals and 11th – 5A ranked at 132 lbs Johnny Murphy, Rocky Mtn won 5 – 3 to move forward to the finals.  

 The finals would be moved to just one gym on three mats which also would pack the bleachers on both sides of the mats. The opening ceremony began with the honoring of 2018 National Hall of Fame Colorado Chapter inductee Ted DeCary, 2X state champ and founder of the Warrior Classic.  Starting out at 106 lbs Jacob Gonzales (Pueblo Centennial) 18-0, Jr..vs Max Black (Douglas County) 3-1, Fr.  In a battle that saw Black using Funk style of wrestling to counter takedown attempts during the match. Gonzales would be aggressive on top working leg techniques to gain a 1 – 0 decision. 113 lb match saw Collin Dawson, Grand Junction control the match from the start and earn a 9 – 1 major decision over Jacob Duran, Fort Collins. At 120 lb Gavin Ayotte (Uintah) 12-0, Jr. took little time to gain the upper hand and pin Sergio Campos (Hotchkiss) 14-1, Jr. in 47 seconds. The 126 lb weight class had Unitah teammate Randon Deets (Uintah) 13-0, Jr. take his time to setup the perfect takedown throw in the third period to put Taylor Vasquez (Fountain Fort Carson) 17-4, Jr. straight to his back and gain the fall at the 5:34 mark of the match.

The 132 lb match had 11th – 5A Johnny Murphy (Rocky Mountain) 12-3, Sr. loss by decision 5-1 to Dre Martinez (Central) 17-1, Jr. The closest match in the finals at 138 lbs had Zac Musselman (Monticello) 21-0, Sr. over Sackett Chesnik (Paonia) 15-1, Jr. by decision 4 – 3. Dylan Martinez (Grand Junction) 13-2, Sr. was in full control of the match and gained a 9 – 3 decision over Tate Martinez (Rocky Mountain) 11-1, Sr. at 145 lbs. Team mate Josiah Rider at 152 lbs continue his pinning steak with a 57 fall over Brayson Wilcox (Monticello) 15-1, Sr. giving him a total of 3 minutes and 52 seconds of mat time in five matches. Rider became only the second wrestler in 41 years to win the Warrior Classic 4 times and also won Outstanding Wrestler award in the upper weight class. To top it off Grand Junction High School won the tournament beating the team point record with 250 points which was held by Moffat County since 2001 with 246.5 points.  Aidan Dabal, Norwood would take the win at 160 with a 14 – 11 decision over Josh Bettis, Rocky Mtn. At 170 lbs Dalton Lucero, Pagosa Springs would go into sudden victory to earn the win 6 – 4 over Mikinzie Klimper of Moffat County. The 182 lbs we watched Seth Latham of Grand Junction take the match to  Matt Dunkelman of Thompson Valley and came away with a 3 – 0 win. Green River, Wyoming only champ came at 195 lbs from Payton Tucker with a 7 – 1 win over Keegan Bailey, Fruite Monument. 220 lbs Hunter Tobiasson (Grand Junction) over Weston Holdren (Central) by pin in 3:16 adding to the Grand Junction team point total. The final match of the night at 285 lbs had Delta’s Logan Church pin Micah Smith (Douglas County) at the 4:26 mark of the match.

The team standing was 1st - Grand Junction 250 pts, 2nd - Rocky Mtn 187 pts, 3 rd - Thompson Valley 172 pts, 4th - Uintah (Utah) 171, 5th - Pagosa Springs 163.

 

106 lbs - 1st Place - Jacob Gonzales of Pueblo Centennial, 2nd Place - Max Black of Douglas County, 3rd Place - Kieran Thompson of Grand Junction, 4th Place - Mac Martinez of Pueblo South, 5th Place - Armando Garcia of Denver East, 6th Place - Landen Mayberry of Hotchkiss

1st Place Match

  • Jacob Gonzales (Pueblo Centennial) 18-0, Jr. over Max Black (Douglas County) 3-1, Fr. (Dec 1-0)

3rd Place Match

  • Kieran Thompson (Grand Junction) 15-2, Fr. over Mac Martinez (Pueblo South) 14-6, Jr. (Dec 5-4)

5th Place Match

  • Armando Garcia (Denver East) 10-2, Fr. over Landen Mayberry (Hotchkiss) 9-3, Jr. (Fall 1:56)

113 lbs - 1st Place - Dawson Collins of Grand Junction, 2nd Place - Jacob Duran of Fort Lupton, 3rd Place - Jacob McClaskey of Central, 4th Place - Airiel Siegel of Thompson Valley, 5th Place - Jose Cerda of Denver East, 6th Place - Xavier Espinoza of Pueblo South

1st Place Match

  • Dawson Collins (Grand Junction) 10-0, So. over Jacob Duran (Fort Lupton) 11-2, So. (MD 9-1)

3rd Place Match

  • Jacob McClaskey (Central) 18-1, Sr. over Airiel Siegel (Thompson Valley) 6-3, So. (SV-1 6-4)

5th Place Match

  • Jose Cerda (Denver East) 12-2, Fr. over Xavier Espinoza (Pueblo South) 12-7, Jr. (Dec 7-4)

120 lbs - 1st Place - Gavin Ayotte of Uintah, 2nd Place - Sergio Campos of Hotchkiss, 3rd Place - Trey Geyer of Cedaredge, 4th Place - Kristian Arguello of Pueblo South, 5th Place - A.J. Serna of Grand Valley, 6th Place - Jacob Pelloni of Meeker

1st Place Match

  • Gavin Ayotte (Uintah) 12-0, Jr. over Sergio Campos (Hotchkiss) 14-1, Jr. (Fall 0:47)

3rd Place Match

  • Trey Geyer (Cedaredge) 15-2, Fr. over Kristian Arguello (Pueblo South) 13-7, Jr. (Dec 12-5)

5th Place Match

  • A.J. Serna (Grand Valley) 15-3, Jr. over Jacob Pelloni (Meeker) 11-6, Sr. (Dec 3-2)

126 lbs - 1st Place - Randon Deets of Uintah, 2nd Place - Taylor Vasquez of Fountain Fort Carson, 3rd Place - Lucas Comroe of Eagle Valley, 4th Place - Fabian Lujan of Montrose, 5th Place - Sean Dale of Cedaredge, 6th Place - James Thomas of Pagosa Springs

1st Place Match

  • Randon Deets (Uintah) 13-0, Jr. over Taylor Vasquez (Fountain Fort Carson) 17-4, Jr. (Fall 5:34)

3rd Place Match

  • Lucas Comroe (Eagle Valley) 17-1, So. over Fabian Lujan (Montrose) 14-4, Jr. (Dec 3-1)

5th Place Match

  • Sean Dale (Cedaredge) 15-2, So. over James Thomas (Pagosa Springs) 9-4, Jr. (Dec 13-11)

132 lbs - 1st Place - Dre Martinez of Central, 2nd Place - Johnny Murphy of Rocky Mountain, 3rd Place - Cameron Lucero of Pagosa Springs, 4th Place - Anthony Martinez of Denver East, 5th Place - Tyler Vigil of Monte Vista, 6th Place - Jared Cabunoc of Douglas County

1st Place Match

  • Dre Martinez (Central) 17-1, Jr. over Johnny Murphy (Rocky Mountain) 12-3, Sr. (Dec 5-1)

3rd Place Match

  • Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) 12-3, Fr. over Anthony Martinez (Denver East) 13-2, Sr. (Fall 3:56)

5th Place Match

  • Tyler Vigil (Monte Vista) 10-2, Jr. over Jared Cabunoc (Douglas County) 4-3, Jr. (TF-1.5 3:59 (16-1))

138 lbs - 1st Place - Zac Musselman of Monticello, 2nd Place - Sackett Chesnik of Paonia, 3rd Place - Tannen Kennedy of Meeker, 4th Place - Elijah Martinez of Santa Fe, 5th Place - Daniel Caddy of Moffat County, 6th Place - Cody Sauve of Delta

1st Place Match

  • Zac Musselman (Monticello) 21-0, Sr. over Sackett Chesnik (Paonia) 15-1, Jr. (Dec 4-3)

3rd Place Match

  • Tannen Kennedy (Meeker) 13-2, Jr. over Elijah Martinez (Santa Fe) 15-4, 8th. (MD 17-7)

5th Place Match

  • Daniel Caddy (Moffat County) 17-3, So. over Cody Sauve (Delta) 12-6, So. (MD 14-2)

145 lbs - 1st Place - Dylan Martinez of Grand Junction, 2nd Place - Tate Martinez of Rocky Mountain, 3rd Place - Cole Hernandez of Pueblo Centennial, 4th Place - Clay Campbell of Paonia, 5th Place - Jay McLaughlin of Thompson Valley, 6th Place - Lance Bryant of Steamboat Springs

1st Place Match

  • Dylan Martinez (Grand Junction) 13-2, Sr. over Tate Martinez (Rocky Mountain) 11-1, Sr. (Dec 9-3)

3rd Place Match

  • Cole Hernandez (Pueblo Centennial) 18-2, Jr. over Clay Campbell (Paonia) 16-3, Sr. (Fall 1:55)

5th Place Match

  • Jay McLaughlin (Thompson Valley) 11-5, Jr. over Lance Bryant (Steamboat Springs) 15-3, Sr. (Fall 2:12)

152 - 1st Place - Josiah Rider of Grand Junction, 2nd Place - Brayson Wilcox of Monticello, 3rd Place - Austin Bernal of Palisade, 4th Place - Chase Engelhardt of Thompson Valley, 5th Place - Brandon Harper of Delta, 6th Place - Colton Hoerr of Cedaredge

1st Place Match

  • Josiah Rider (Grand Junction) 10-0, Sr. over Brayson Wilcox (Monticello) 15-1, Sr. (Fall 0:57)

3rd Place Match

  • Austin Bernal (Palisade) 12-1, Sr. over Chase Engelhardt (Thompson Valley) 14-3, So. (MD 10-2)

5th Place Match

  • Brandon Harper (Delta) 14-4, Sr. over Colton Hoerr (Cedaredge) 13-6, Sr. (MD 10-0)

160 lbs - 1st Place - Aidan Dabal of Norwood, 2nd Place - Josh Betts of Rocky Mountain, 3rd Place - Hunter Williams of Thompson Valley, 4th Place - Brian De La Rosa of Rifle, 5th Place - Trevor Bryant of Pagosa Springs, 6th Place - Marcus Martinez of Pueblo South

1st Place Match

  • Aidan Dabal (Norwood) 5-0, Sr. over Josh Betts (Rocky Mountain) 12-3, Sr. (Dec 14-11)

3rd Place Match

  • Hunter Williams (Thompson Valley) 14-2, Sr. over Brian De La Rosa (Rifle) 14-3, Sr. (Dec 3-0)

5th Place Match

  • Trevor Bryant (Pagosa Springs) 11-3, Sr. over Marcus Martinez (Pueblo South) 14-4, Jr. (Dec 2-0)

170 lbs- 1st Place - Dalton Lucero of Pagosa Springs, 2nd Place - Mikinzie Klimper of Moffat County, 3rd Place - Isaiah Martinez of Santa Fe, 4th Place - Hayden Johnson of Steamboat Springs, 5th Place - Jay Skalecki of Grand Junction, 6th Place - Davis Ward of Eagle Valley

1st Place Match

  • Dalton Lucero (Pagosa Springs) 13-0, Sr. over Mikinzie Klimper (Moffat County) 19-1, Sr. (SV-1 6-4)

3rd Place Match

  • Isaiah Martinez (Santa Fe) 17-1, Sr. over Hayden Johnson (Steamboat Springs) 11-3, Sr. (Fall 1:41)

5th Place Match

  • Jay Skalecki (Grand Junction) 14-2, Jr. over Davis Ward (Eagle Valley) 12-5, Jr. (Dec 5-1)

182 lbs - 1st Place - Seth Latham of Grand Junction, 2nd Place - Matt Dunkelman of Thompson Valley, 3rd Place - Garrett Niel of Pine Creek, 4th Place - Elias Peroulis of Moffat County, 5th Place - Colton Castro of Pagosa Springs, 6th Place - Steven Doyle of Rocky Mountain

1st Place Match

  • Seth Latham (Grand Junction) 15-0, Sr. over Matt Dunkelman (Thompson Valley) 14-1, Sr. (Dec 3-0)

3rd Place Match

  • Garrett Niel (Pine Creek) 18-3, Sr. over Elias Peroulis (Moffat County) 18-2, Sr. (Fall 1:29)

5th Place Match

  • Colton Castro (Pagosa Springs) 10-4, Sr. over Steven Doyle (Rocky Mountain) 4-6, Sr. (Dec 6-3)

195 lbs - 1st Place - Payton Tucker of Green River, 2nd Place - Keegan Bailey of Fruita Monument, 3rd Place - Terrance Williams of Palisade, 4th Place - Alec Hargreaves of Rocky Mountain, 5th Place - Jacx Power of Coal Ridge, 6th Place - Joseph Catanese of Montrose

1st Place Match

  • Payton Tucker (Green River) 5-0, So. over Keegan Bailey (Fruita Monument) 13-1, Jr. (Dec 7-1)

3rd Place Match

  • Terrance Williams (Palisade) 4-1, Sr. over Alec Hargreaves (Rocky Mountain) 12-3, So. (Inj. 0:00)

5th Place Match

  • Jacx Power (Coal Ridge) 18-2, Sr. over Joseph Catanese (Montrose) 12-5, Sr. (Fall 2:18)

220 lbs - 1st Place - Hunter Tobiasson of Grand Junction, 2nd Place - Weston Holdren of Central, 3rd Place - Chris Ringus of Thompson Valley, 4th Place - Nolan Stretton of Pagosa Springs, 5th Place - Taj Van der Linde of Cedaredge, 6th Place - Cyrus Malek`Madani of Paonia

1st Place Match

  • Hunter Tobiasson (Grand Junction) 15-0, Jr. over Weston Holdren (Central) 12-3, Sr. (Fall 3:16)

3rd Place Match

  • Chris Ringus (Thompson Valley) 11-5, Sr. over Nolan Stretton (Pagosa Springs) 8-3, Sr. (Fall 2:38)

5th Place Match

  • Taj Van der Linde (Cedaredge) 13-3, Jr. over Cyrus Malek`Madani (Paonia) 5-3, Sr. (Dec 3-0)

285 lbs - 1st Place - Logan Church of Delta, 2nd Place - Micah Smith of Douglas County, 3rd Place - Nico Gonzalez of Mountain Vista, 4th Place - Chance Kennicker of Uintah, 5th Place - Jonathon Engle of Fort Collins, 6th Place - Treyton Queen of Fruita Monument

1st Place Match

  • Logan Church (Delta) 15-0, Sr. over Micah Smith (Douglas County) 4-1, Sr. (Fall 4:26)

3rd Place Match

  • Nico Gonzalez (Mountain Vista) 7-4, Sr. over Chance Kennicker (Uintah) 10-4, Sr. (Fall 4:24)

5th Place Match

  • Jonathon Engle (Fort Collins) 11-3, Sr. over Treyton Queen (Fruita Monument) 11-4, Jr. (Fall 4:44)