Legacy sends eight to state with strong showing12 Feb 2017
For BoCoPreps.com, By Neil H. Devlin
BROOMFIELD - So much for expectations. Legacy entered the wrestling season in November minus a bunch of seniors and was a decidedly different team in terms of experience. However, Saturday's performance while hosting the Class 5A Region 2 qualifying meet was probably not what many foresaw - the Lightning placed eight competitors in the top four of weight classes to continue their seasons, finished second to Brighton in the team chase and will be seriously upbeat on Thursday, when the state field gathers at the Pepsi Center. "I know that people didn't expect a whole lot, but these guys worked hard and I know what they're capable of," coach Mike Thompson said. "They stepped up to the plate."
The Lightning has three champions - Mitchell Mueller (132 pounds), Aidan Funk (160) and Drian Hays (170). Hays was particularly impressive. For the second straight season, he pinned his way through regionals, notably with a hard-fought fall in 5 minutes, 19 seconds against Brighton's Tarron Adams. Now 41-3, the junior said he also wrestled Adams in the first match of the season and, while jumping between 170 and 182, "the kids at 170 seem smaller ... I put in the work in the off-season, I've lifted almost every single day and I'm a lot stronger." Funk, also a junior and 35-7, got past Earl Camer Manzanares 3-2 and called him "a strong kid ... this feels great."