Mountain View's Erik Contreras sets golden goal13 Feb 2017
In the Mountain View wrestling room, when the moment hits, the team doesn't blink. Not anymore. Like last week, when Erik Contreras told Semaj Spencer he was calling his dad to see if he could dye his hair blond, it was just another day. "He asked me if he should do it, I said yes, because I thought he was kidding," Spencer said. "Then I saw it and it was like, 'Oh no.'"Maybe because it wasn't just that Contreras was testing the theory that blonds have more fun; it was the extra step he took by adding a purple paw print on the right side. Coach Scott Barker rolls his eyes going back to the moment when the mood struck Contreras last week and he acted upon it. Then he dyed it more blond.
He doesn't march to a different beat, more like he struts to a personal bass riff, the old-school funk that fills his playlist. "People like it. People don't like it," Contreras said with a grin. "That's whatever. I always try to do something new. It keeps me into the sport and always trying to have fun with it." He's had the most fun during the state tournament, where he'll make his third straight appearance Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. He is one of six Mountain Lions to make the field this year, and Barker likes his team's chances. During Contreras' last two trips, he's been the guy to surprise, the freshman wrestler not expected to place who took fifth anyway. Or the sophomore who wasn't supposed to reach the finals, but did so by knocking off a pair of wrestlers ranked higher than him.
Valley takes Team Title 3A Region 213 Feb 2017
BY Melanie Johnson-ICW Staff
3A Region 2 was as good as it gets for wrestling fans, coaches and wrestlers, especially if you were one of the top 4 who punched the ticket to go to State. Valley took home the team title with 222.5 pts. Eaton would finish 2nd, with 200.0 pts. and Brush in 3rd with 143.0. Valley would finish the day taking 9 wrestlers to State, that total would include 4 Regional Champs. 120 lb. Javier Gonzales, 132 lb. Brandon Damian, 145 lb. Aaron Trujillo and 170 lb. Josh Flanagan. The 132 weight class was closely watched across all 3A regions. One of the best matches in the 132 lb. bracket was Jr. Ariel Rodriguez of Eaton vs. Sr. Jacob Breidenbach of Sterling. In an overtime match that brought fans to their feet, Breidenbach and Rodriguez would go head to head for 6 minutes ending 4-4 at the end of the third. Rodriguez would pull off the win in overtime scoring 2 and unfortunately it would be the downfall for Briedenbach as he would try and finish in the top four in the consolation side. After beating Syzmanski of Holy Family (Fall 2:37) in his next match, Breidenbach would advance and then lose to So. Binkly of Berthoud (Dec. 6-4) ending his chances at a State run. Rodriguez would lose to Damian in a close match in the semis (Dec. 3-2) and would continue on the back side beating Jr. Hunter Kitchen of Estes Park (MD. 14-0) to go for 3rd and 4th.
State top wrestlers13 Feb 2017
by Tom Blair - ICW staff
The Colorado State Wrestling Championship is slated to start Thursday Feb 16th at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The brackets are out at CHSAANOW.com and trackewrestling.com. Lists below are the returning state champions and undefeated wrestlers, as well as the number of qualifiers per school for the top teams with 7 or more wrestlers. Hunter Willits, Pueblo County is the only wrestler going for a fourth state title, which he would be the 20th wrestlers to accomplish this mark. There are 10 wrestlers with a undefeated record going into states and all are looking to keep that record intact.
3X state champ - Hunter Willits (Pueblo County); 2016 152 4A, 2015 138 4A; 2014 132 4A
2X state champ - Jacob Rodriguez (Rocky Ford); 2016 106 2A; 2015 106 2A
Jonathan Andreatta (John Mall); 2015 113 2A; 2014 106 2A
Isaiah De La Cerda (Alamosa); 2016 113 3A; 2015 106 3A
Jody Sandoval (Fort Lupton); 2016 120 3A; 2015 113 3A
Grant Willits (Pueblo County); 2016 126 4A; 2014 106 4A
Jacob Greenwood (Poudre); 2016 132 5A; 2015 126 5A
1X stat champ:
Brendon Garcia (Pueblo County); 2016 106 2A
Britton Holmes (Peyton); 2016 138 2A
Casey Turner (Meeker); 2016 152 2A
Quinton Montague (Centauri); 2016 120 2A
Kyle Cisneros (Jefferson); 2016 126 3A
Aaron Trujillo (Valley); 2016 138 3A
Ricky Ayala (Sheridan); 2016 220 3A
Sam Deseriere (Mullen); 2016 285 3A
· Will Vombaur (Windsor); 2016 106 4A
· Jace Trujillo (Pueblo East); 2016 113 4A
· Andrew Alirez (Greeley Central); 2016 120 4A
· Justin Davis (Pueblo County); 2016 132 4A
· Peter Isias (Pine Creek); 2016 160 5A
· Myles Wilson (Glenwood Springs); 2016 170 4A
· Garrett Niel (Pine Creek); 2016 182 5A
· Dante Garcia (Pueblo County); 2016 182 4A
· Deric Cruz (Mesa Ridge); 2016 195 4A
· Josiah Nava (Pueblo County); 2015 106 4A
· Chris Sandoval (Windsor); 2015 126 4A
· Malik Heinselman (Castle View); 2016 106 5A
· Theorius Robison (Pomona); 2016 126 5A
· Gabriel Dinette (Lakewood); 2016 145 5A
· Josiah Rider (Grand Junction); 2016 152 5A
· Trenton Schultz (Mountain Vista); 2016 195 5A
· Cohl Schultz (Ponderosa); 2016 220 5A
· Dayton Marvel (Arvada West); 2015 106 5A
2016 – 2017 Season Undefeated wrestlers :
126: Jonathan Andreatta (John Mall); 33-0, Senior
220: Kaleb Gaede (Limon); 33-0, Junior
285: Sam Deseriere (Mullen); 38-0, Senior
285: Sam Westbrooke (Bayfield); 38-0, Senior
113: Jace Trujillo (Pueblo East); 36-0, Sophomore
138: Chris Sandoval (Windsor); 41-0, Senior
182: Myles Wilson (Glenwood Springs); 47-0, Senior
106: Malik Heinselman (Castle View); 40-0, Junior
170: Tate Samuelson (Castle View); 40-0, Junior
195: Trent Schultz (Mountain Vista); 36-0, Senior
Teams with 7 or more wrestlers going to the big dance and wrestling at the Pepsi Center: 2A -
· Rocky Ford: 14
· Cedaredge: 10
· Fowler: 9
· Hotchkiss: 9
· John Mall: 9
· Meeker: 9
· Paonia: 8
· Peyton: 8
· Clear Creek: 7
· Del Norte: 7
· Fleming/Sedgwick County: 7
· Rye: 7
· Wray: 7
· Alamosa: 12
· Eaton: 10
· Lamar: 9
· Valley: 9
· Moffat County: 8
· Platte Valley: 8
· Sheridan: 8
· Eagle Valley: 7
· Pagosa Springs: 7
4A - · Cheyenne Mountain: 12
· Pueblo County: 11
· Pueblo East: 11
· Pueblo West: 10
· Windsor: 10
· Canon City: 9
· Greeley Central: 9
· Central (GJ): 8
· Discovery Canyon: 8
· Mesa Ridge: 8
· Pueblo South: 8
· Thompson Valley: 8
· Palisade: 7
5A - · Brighton: 12
· Pomona: 11
· Grand Junction: 10
· Poudre: 10
· Adams City: 9
· Arvada West: 9
· Castle View: 9
· Rocky Mountain: 9
· Grandview: 8
· Legacy: 8
· Monarch: 8
· Coronado: 7
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."
Mead crowns two champs and sends six to state12 Feb 2017
FREDERICK — Jeremy Ashton learned his lesson in his 132-pound semifinal match against Windsor freshman Cody Eaton. He was in trouble and at one point was on his back, staring up the Frederick High School gymnasium ceiling. "I gave up too many points in the beginning and my mental state wasn't as good usual," Ashton said. "But I realized that (Eaton) was no joke and that I really needed to step up my game and get to it." The Mavericks junior recovered and went on to win that match 9-6 to set up a Class 4A Region 2 championship match against Greeley Central's Zeke Alirez. With a spot already secured at next week's state tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Ashton wrestled with confidence and cruised to a regional title with a 15-4 major decision. "I feel a lot stronger and just have a whole lot better feeling after this," said Ashton, a state runner-up at 3A 126 pounds to Jefferson's Kyle Cisneros last season. "My conditioning, my technique and my strength are all there." Ashton, along with Caleb Mendez at 152 pounds were both regional champs for a Mavericks team that will ultimately send six wrestlers to state. "The kids have wrestled well," said Mead coach Ty Tatham, whose team finished fifth overall with 147 points. "In this region, which is pretty tough, to get two champs is awesome."
Mendez, whose route to the finals included an 18-second pin in the quarterfinals, had very little trouble with Greeley Central's Justus Strand, winning 6-0 on the strength of takedowns in the first and second period and two near-fall points. "I haven't had a full year yet and to finally be on top in my senior year, feels pretty good," said Mendez, who will likely have to go through Pueblo County's Hunter Willits (going for a fourth title) next week if he wants to be on top of the podium in Denver. "There are a lot of tough kids there, so it is just a matter of taking it one match at a time."Brennan McDermott (170), Joey Garcia (182) and Derrick Allen (220) all finished fourth at their respective weights to qualify. The most pleasant surprise for the Mavericks was 160-pounder Gino Musick.The senior entered the tournament with a 10-16 record made it to the fifth-place match, where he was awarded a victory via injury default to set up a wrestleback against Thompson Valley's Masenn Lewis. He took care of business 15-4. "We thought he had a chance to be there," Tatham said.
Niwot senior Tommy Stager breaks 4A career wins record, now turns attention to chasing 4A individual title12 Feb 2017
Niwot’s Tommy Stager broke the Class 4A career win record with a regional championship Saturday, giving the senior 172 total wins and plenty of momentum heading into this weekend’s state tournament. But while the record is a nice accolade, Stager — who’s ranked No. 1 at 145 pounds by On The Mat and is committed to wrestle at Air Force — has grander visions. He’s after an elusive state title after earning a spot on the podium each of the past three seasons with a sixth-place finish at 113 as a freshman, a fourth-place finish at 120 as a sophomore and a third-place finish at 132 last season. “The past three years have taught me a lot about the intensity needed to become a state champion,” Stager said. “That’s something that’s been on my mind the whole year, and it continues to drive me after losing by one point in last season’s semifinals to the eventual champion.”
Stager’s now 42-2 on the winter but has not lost since early December. Along the way, he rattled off 21 consecutive pins, shattered most of Niwot’s records set by his older brother, Nick, and revised his mentality out on the mat. “Something we’ve really focused on this year is the process, and not missing any steps in preparation heading into each match,” second-year Niwot coach Bobby Matthews said. “The focus is on what we’re doing in the room, and that’s been big for him after his second loss because we sat down after that match and changed his approach, and now he’s peaking at the perfect time.” But more than individual feats, Stager bleeds green and white and has done everything he can to raise the profile of the Niwot program. Before the season started, the Eagle Scout with a 4.3 GPA in the school’s IB program took it upon himself to bolster the team’s participation. Last year the Cougars finished the season with a measly 11 guys. Thanks to Stager’s recruiting efforts, this year they came into the winter with 33 signed up.
Eaton gives Valley a run for its money in the Regional Wrestling Roundup12 Feb 2017
Eaton — Rapidly improving Eaton was in a virtual tie in the team race heading into the finals Saturday, but the three-time defending Class 3A champion Valley Vikings made all the right moves late, winning the Northern Region title with 222.5 points. The host Reds were second with 200 points. Weld Central was fifth with 126.5, and University was seventh out of 14 teams with 85.
Valley had nine state qualifiers, including regional champions 120-pounder Javier Gonzales (26-9), 132-pounder Brandon Damian (36-4), 145-pound Aaron Trujillo (36-3) and 170-pounder Josh Flanagan (40-4). Freshman Jaziah Whaley (39-4) was a runner-up after being pinned in 3 minutes, 28 seconds in the finals by fellow title contender Jimmy LaConte (40-2) of Weld Central. LaConte is first and Whaley is second in 3A at 152, according to the latest On the Mat statewide rankings.
Eaton had 10 state qualifiers, including 182-pound champion Jake Sandau (20-8) and runners-up 106-pounder Toby Gavette (19-11), 145-pounder Ty Garnhart (19-11), 160-pounder Braeson Lewis (31-6) and 195-pounder Braedy Sturdevant (16-3).
Poudre, Windsor wrestling win regionals as 37 locals qualify for state12 Feb 2017
Michael Roley , 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.
Van Hoose, McLean and Bailey will represent Fruita Monument at state tourney12 Feb 2017
gjsentinel.com - staff
Fruita Monument High School’s Daniel Van Hoose, coming off an arm injury he sustained last week, finished second at 138 pounds Saturday at the Class 5A Region 1 tournament at Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Colorado Springs. Van Hoose, who came into the title match ranked second by On The Mat, lost 9-6 to seventh-ranked Parker McQuade of Monarch. The Fruita senior’s record fell to 37-6, but he’ll make his third state-tournament appearance when the Class 5A state tournament begins Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Wildcats placed fifth in the team standings with 99 points. Pomona, the top-ranked team in 5A, finished first with 295.5 points. Van Hoose will be one of three Fruita Monument wrestlers in the state tournament. Remington McLean pinned his opponent in the first period of the 120-pound third-place match, and Keegan Bailey won by pin in the third-place match at 195 pounds. The top four finishers in each weight class earn a state-tournament berth.
Olathe had three champions and Grand Valley two at the Class 3A Region 1 tournament at Buena Vista. Olathe’s Andrew Godfrey beat Bayfield’s Garrett Beebee 7-4 in the 126-pound regional title match. Keenan Mansker (152) and Caleb Jolly (160) also won regional titles for the Pirates, A.J. Serna (113) and Evan Hoff (220) claimed championships for the Cardinals. This will be Godfrey’s fourth trip to the state tournament. Olathe will send four wrestlers to state — Justin Mosher took fourth at 182 pounds for the Pirates. Grand Valley will also send four, including J.T. Latham, a third-place finisher at 120, and Jonathan Pena, a runner-up at 138. Moffat County won the regional team title with 196 points. Delta, which got a second-place finish from heavyweight Logan Church, finished fifth. Logan Mayberry (113), Chance Dillingham (152), Drake Horn (160) and Aiden Barrios (170) also qualified for state for Delta. Rifle had runner-up finishes from Alex Cordova (170) and Maxx Demann (160), who was pinned in the final by Jolly in 1:31.
Thompson Valley's Siegel tops Mountain View's Contreras for 106 title12 Feb 2017
For the Reporter-Herald, By Eric Wolf
FREDERICK — Sometimes, success comes when it is least expected. That was the case for Airiel Siegel of Thompson Valley, as the freshman took home the title in the 106-pound class at the 4A region 2 tournament at Frederick on Saturday. "I did not expect to even be in the finals and be the only one from my team in the finals," Siegel said, "I did not expect that at all." The fifth-seeded freshman might have been the only Eagle in a championship match on Saturday, but he made sure he delivered for his team in a 5-2 victory over Malachi Contreras of Mountain View. In the tightly-contested match, Siegel was happy to let Contreras be the aggressor. "I just tried to not put myself in any dangerous positions, because I kind of do that a lot," Siegel said. "I just wanted to wrestle smart and not try and go for big move that might hurt me at the end." With the first-place finish, Siegel punched his ticket to next weekend's state tournament. Count that as another surprise for the freshman. "I was pretty shocked that I got that match," Siegel said. "Now, I am more confident going into the state tournament. I did not think I would be there as a freshman."
But Siegel was not the only fifth-seeded Eagle to climb into a state-qualifying spot on Saturday, as Chase Englehardt took third place at 152 in a 10-6 win over Jackson Gilbert of Mountain View. Englehardt said he was a little disappointed coming out of the fifth spot in the tournament but that he still knew what he would have to do to get his state shot. "I knew I had a solid shot at beating (Caleb) Mendez, but if that didn't happen, I was on a collision course with Gilbert and I knew I could beat him," Englehardt said. After grabbing the early lead, the freshman spent much of the third period fighting off desperation attacks from Gilbert. He did just enough to keep himself out of harm's way and come away on top. "I just kind of stayed on bottom for the last part of that match, and that's going to be a big focus this week during practice," Englehardt said. "I have a lot of confidence (going into state). I know I can hang with anyone in the state and I have proven it a couple of times this year."