Pomona take Top of the Rockies22 Jan 2017
East High School sophomore Jace Trujillo pinned his way through the 113-pound bracket at the Top of the Rockies tournament at Centaurus. East High School sophomore Jace Trujillo pinned his way through the 113-pound bracket at the Top of the Rockies tournament at Centaurus.Trujillo pinned Pueblo County’s Josiah Nava in 1 minute, 57 seconds in a rematch of last year’s state championship, then pinned two-time Class 3A state champion Isaiah DeLaCerda of Alamosa in 52 seconds in the final.He’s now 27-0 with all 27 wins coming by pin. Pueblo County, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, finished third with 169 points, behind 5A No. 1 Pomona and 5A No. 5 Brighton with three champs — Brendon Garcia at 106, Grant Willits at 132 and Hunter Willits at 152.Hunter Willits, a three-time Class 4A state champion, topped two-time New Mexico state champion Ryan Rochford of Rio Rancho 7-0 in the final.Trujillo was named outstanding wrestler for the lower weights, while Hunter Willits won OW for upper weights. East finished fourth with 152.5.
Top of the Rockies - Team Scores - Pomona 207.5, Brighton 175.5, Pueblo County 169, East 152.5, Poudre 125.5, Grandview 118.5, Rio Rancho (N.M.) 114, Scottsbluff (Neb.) 104.5, Alamosa 94.5, Ponderosa 93.5.
What: Chatfield Senior High School is proud to be offering a high school wrestling tournament for girls. We are looking for any girls, competing on their high school teams, that want to compete against female-only competition. Girls must follow all NFHS and CHSAA rules to compete, except for weight classes and team point totals. Girls wrestling in this tournament must not exceed 28 individual points as counted per the standards in the CHSAA wrestling bylaws. This is a 3-pt tournament. Team points for this tournament are waived and will not be counted against the CHSAA team limit of 28 points.
When: Saturday, January 28th, 2017. Weigh-ins will be at 7 am, wrestling will start at 9 am. This tournament will be held in conjunction with the Warrior Invitational
Weight Classes: 101 lbs, 111 lbs, 121 lbs, 131 lbs, 143 lbs, 161 lbs, 189 lbs
Wrestlers must be certified prior to competition via OPC in trackwrestling.com. Weight descent plans must be followed! If your athlete will compete against boys the following week, please make sure that your descent plan will keep you on track for the NFHS standard weight classes.
Entry fee: If your team is competing in the Chatfield JV Challenge as well, there is no additional fee. If you are entering only girls in this event, fee is $20 per athlete up to $100 max per school. Make checks payable to Chatfield Wrestling.
Awards: Medals will be given to the top 3 placers in weight classes of 12 or less and to the top 4 for weight classes of more than 12. No team scores will be kept unless we have 5 or more schools that fill at least 5 weights.
Miscellaneous: We will have an Athletic Trainer on the premises during the tournament. Concessions will be available all day long in our cafeteria. Depending on the number of participants in the two tournaments, we will be wrestling on five mats.
For more information, please contact Paul Peronard at 303-886-1638 or by email
The Top of the Rockies wrestling tournament is Friday Jan 20th and Saturday Jan 20th at Centaurus HS in Lafayette. Some of the top 3A, 4A and 5A teams along with top ranked individuals are going to be on hand for this 32 team event slated to start wrestling at 1 pm on the five mats. The tournament schedule on Friday is scheduled for two round of both championship and consolation sides of the 14 brackets.
There are six out of state teams with top ranked Cheyenne East, Wyoming (7 top 4 ranked wrestlers); Scottsbluff, Nebraska (5 top 5 ranked wrestlers) and Rio Rancho, New Mexico (5 top 6 ranked wrestlers) leading the charge. In -state competition is led by #1 - 3A Alamosa (9 ranked wrestlers), #1 – 4A Pueblo County (12 ranked wrestlers), #1 – 5A Pomona (10 ranked wrestlers), and #2 – 4A Pueblo East (9 ranked wrestlers); Colorado ranking is done by On the Mat by Tim Yount from Colorado Springs. Returning team champ Pomona is looking to retain their title but will be without their #1 132 lbs Theorius Robison, but will relaying on their other ranked wrestlers to get the added bonus points needed. Pueblo County has a number of state and national ranked wrestlers, that are looking to continue their winning way on the the season. Depending on how the tournament seeding goes the quarter-finals could be gang bluster of matches. With the semi-finals scheduled for 1230pm on Saturday Jan 21st they could rival any state final matches. A look at the top five team when the dust settles could be Pueblo County, Pomona, Cheyenne East, Rio Rancho and Pueblo East and Alamosa being tied. The breakdown of the weight classes:
106 - 3A - #1, #2; 4A – #1, #7, #12; 5A - #2, #6, #7, #10; #6 Rio Rancho
113 – 3A - #1, #2; 4A - #2, #10, #12; 5A - #1, #5, #10; #2 Cheyenne East
120 – 3A - #9, #10; 4A - #1, #3, #7, #10; 5A - #1, #2, #3, #5; #4 Cheyenne East
126 – 3A - #1, #10; 4A - #3, #4; 5A - #1, #2, #7, #11; #4 Scottsbluff
132 – 3A - #5; 4A - #1, #2, #4, #8; 5A - #1, #4, #6, #7, #8; #2 Cheyenne East, #2 Scottsbluff, #5 Rio Rancho
138 - 3A - #6; 4A - #2, #6, #8; 5A - #1, #5, #8, #10; #1 Scottsbluff, #6 Rio Rancho
145 – 3A - #2; 4A - #5, #8; 5A -#1, #3, #4, #6, #7, #8, #10; #1 Scottsbluff
152 – 3A - #2; 4A - #4, #9, #10; 5A - #3, #4, #6, #7, #9; #3 Cheyenne East, #1 Rio Rancho
160 – 3A - #1, #7; 4A - #6, #11; 5A - #1, #2, #4, #6, #9; #2 Cheyenne East, #5 Scottsbluff, #4 Rio Rancho
170 – 4A- #4, #5, #6, #12; 5A - #3, #4, #6, #8, #10; #4 Central East
182 – 3A - #10; 4A - #3, #5, #10; 5A - #4, #5, #6, #10; #5 Scottsbluff
195 – 4A - #1, #7, #9; 5A - #3, #5, #7, #11; #2 Cheyenne East
220 – 3A - #2, 4A - #9; 5A - #1, #3, #4, #5; #4 Cheyenne Central
285 – 3A - #5; 4A - #3; 5A - #1, #2, #3, #5, 10; #4 Cheyenne East
Poudre junior Jacob Greenwood, a two-time defending champion, knows the target is squarely on his back this winter as the 138-pounder pursues a third Class 5A title. As a freshman, Greenwood pulled off a couple upsets en route to the 126-pound title. As a sophomore, he was ranked at the top of his weight class all season and delivered once again, this time at 132 pounds. This winter he’s one of the best wrestlers in the state again and is being recruited by Northern Colorado, Wyoming, Air Force, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State, among others. Halfway to the dream of a four-peat and undefeated in the state of Colorado so far this season, Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman caught up with Greenwood to discuss his mind-set on the mat, this weekend’s Top of the Rockies tournament, dealing with pressure, his prematch ritual and much more.
Q: With the target on your back now, what was your mind-set going into this season? A: The season started off a little rocky, but I’m still making sure I train really hard and that I’m keeping all the distractions out of my head. I’m not worried about having the target on my back, I’m just worried about going out and wrestling.
The high school wrestling season is in its second part / half and week six are in the books, Insidecoloradowrestling.com is proud to announce that the Colorado High School “Wrestler of the Week” is Colton Yapoujian from Pomona HS. The 120 lb wrestler’s accomplishments for week were going undefeated, finishing 1st at Arvada West Tournament, beating #2 – 3A Jimmy Ramirez, Jefferson and #1 – 5A Fabian Santillan, Grandview at Arvada West tourney. The 11 – 1 decision over Santillan equal the matches both wrestlers have had this season at one apiece and revenge Yapoujian loss at Rene TOC.
Honorable mentions goes to Jason Hanenberg, 126 lbs Air Academy, Drian Hayes, 170 lbs Legacy, Malik Heinselman, 106 lbs Castle View, Terrance Williams, 182 lbs Palisades, Tate Samuelson, 170 lbs Castle View
Pomona sophomore Theorius Robison had enough in the tank Saturday night to do a backflip after winning the 132-pound title at the Arvada West Wrestling Invite. “Wrestling can get emotional,” Pomona coach Sam Federico said about Robison’s match which was the highlight of the finals. “You try to keep things calm, but you never know. Sometimes it goes crazy. A finish like that is always exciting.” Last year’s 126-pound 5A state champion and top ranked 132-pounder in Tim Yount’s On the Mat rankings let his emotions get away from him a little bit after defeating No. 2 ranked Grand Junction’s Dylan Martinez. However, Robison was clearly focused on the future moments after the come-from-behind victory.That was a big win, but I’ve got to just keep on getting ready for state. I know he (Martinez) is already working on stuff to get me back at state,” Robison said. “I’m trying to defend my title at state. I'll keep working hard, but that was a big win.”Robison trailed 5-0 late in the second period. It appeared he scored a 1-point escape, 2-point takedown and 3-point near-fall in the final moments of the second period, but after the two officials talked it over the near-fall was ruled to have happened after time expired in the period.
Martinez led 7-6 with 8 seconds left in regulation time and with a restart in the neutral position. Robison made one last-ditch effort to take the victory. The sophomore was able to get a last-second takedown to grab a 8-7 victory. “I kind of knew he was going to back up,” said Robison, who improved to 18-1 on the season. “I came in hard and it just happened the way it happened. That’s the way is was supposed to go.” Robison was one of four Panthers to take home first-place titles at the annual A-West Invite. Sophomores Justin Pacheco (113) and Colton Yapoujian (120), along with seniors Jason Romero (160) and Brandon Micale (285) joined Robison on top of the podium at the end of the night. “All in all we wrestled pretty good,” Federico said. “We still have some improvement to do like everyone else here. We are wrestling pretty good.”
The Panthers had seven wrestlers in the finals and captured the team title with 196.5 points. The top-ranked team in 5A faced a tough field with 5A’s No. 2 Grand Junction, No. 3 Grandview, No. 6 Castle View, No. 7 Coronado and No. 9 Adams City all at the tournament that has been called the “mini-state” in the past. The Panthers weren’t completely at full strength. Pomona was missing its 106 and 145 pounders.Pacheco won one of the deepest brackets in the tournament. Five of the top seven ranked 5A wrestlers at 113 pounds made it a tough road for everyone. The sophomore took a 4-0 decision over Coronado’s Steve Dabelko in the final.
Yapoujian could likely moved up to No. 1 at 120 after winning another competitive bracket. The sophomore pinned Jefferson’s Jimmy Ramirez III in the championship bout at the 59 second mark. Romero, a two-time state runner-up, had a tough match against Grand Junction’s Jay Skalecki. The senior was able to take a 4-2 victory on his journey to hopefully that first state title. “Going up to 160s for the first weekend was a little different,” Romero said. “I was a little banged up from the tournament we just came from, but I was able to finish strong.” Pomona senior Brandon Micale wrapped up the tournament with a 6-3 victory over Castle View’s David Nuriyev in the heavyweight bout. Micale came in ranked No. 4 at 220, but wrestled in the heavyweight class on Saturday.
“He (Micale) is a strong kid, but you are having to push around some big kids,” said Federico, who added he might keep Micale at heavyweight for the rest of the season. “He is used to doing it in football, but it’s a little different in wrestling. We’ll see.” The next tournament up for Pomona is the two-day Top of the Rockies Tournament at Centaurus High School this coming Friday and Saturday.
Team scores (top 10)
Pomona 196.5, Grand Junction 165.5, Grandview 137.5, Adams City 107.5, Castle View 103.5, Coronado 91, Discovery Canyon 69, Jefferson 65, Arvada West 61, Mountain View 56
106- Malik Heinselman (Castle View) over Patrick Allis (Discovery Canyon), TF 21-5.
113- Justin Pacheco (Pomona) over Steve Dabelko (Coronado), 4-0.
120- Colton Yapoujian (Pomona) over Jimmy Ramirez III (Jefferson), fall :59.
126- Polo Garcia (Denver East) over Cody Fatzinger (Arvada West), injury default 1:54).
132- Theorius Robison (Pomona) over Dylan Martinez (Grand Junction), 8-7.
138- KJ Kearns (Coronado) over Joshua Boulton (Fort Collins), 7-0.
145- Josiah Rider (Grand Junction) over Erik Contreras (Mountain View), fall 2:37.
152- Gavin Deaguero (Adams City) over Xavier Herrera (Pomona), fall 3:14.
160- Jason Romero (Pomona) over Jay Skalecki (Grand Junction), 4-2.
170- Tate Samuelson (Castle View) over Seth Latham (Grand Junction), fall 3:34.
182- Jimmy Weaver (Coronado) over Uriah Vigil (Pomona), fall 6:24.
195- Robert Woods (Grandview) over Travis Gallagher (Castle View), 5-3.
220- Shawn Garcia (Grand Junction) over Oscar Lopez (Jefferson), fall 5:24.
285- Brandon Micale (Pomona) over David Nuriyev (Castle View), 6-3.
By Mike Brohard, Reporter Herald
All they wanted to do was go to a wrestling match. The two brothers, Tim and Kent Yount, a pair of Kansas transplants living in Colorado Springs, felt like going to a high school wrestling dual, but they couldn't find one listed in the paper. This was nearly a quarter a century ago, before anything and everything could be found on the Internet. "We looked everywhere to find where the next meet was," Tim remembered. "We couldn't find anything that would tell us when the next meet is." It led to a newsletter they put out, then some rankings. Now On the Mat is a solo endeavor by Tim — basically a full-time job on top of his role as Chief Operating Officer for USA Triathlon — that has become a major part of the fabric of high school wrestling in the state of Colorado. "I think wrestling would be a lot lower on the totem pole if it wasn't for Tim and all the hard work he's put in," Loveland coach Troy Lussenhop said. "He's done a lot for the sport of wrestling, and I know he loves it. His rankings are pretty much spot on. I use them all the time."