Old Chicago NCCT Day one19 Dec 2015
By Tom Blair - ICW Staff
After day one of the Old Chicago Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament at the Bud Center in Loveland the team standing has Pueblo County in the lead with by five points over Pine Creek - 100.5 to 95.5 points. The other top spots belong to Brighton 90 pts, Legacy 88.5 pts and Greeley Central 86 pts.
Pueblo County still has 10 wrestlers out of the 13 entries in the tournament, eight of these wrestler are in the quarterfinals. But are without wrestler Chris Sandoval at 138 lbs as he was unable to attend because of medical reasons. Second place Pine Creek also have 10 wrestlers still in competition with five in the quarterfinals and five in the consi -quarter finals. While third place Legacy follows with six wrestlers in the quarterfinals and two in the consi-quarterfinals.
With three rounds in the championship and consolation sides of the 14 weight classes’ brackets are in the books / computer we are down to 16 wrestlers per bracket. The ten mats on the arena floor have seen plenty of action with 820 matches on the day. The full brackets and results can been found on trackwrestling.com
But let’s take a look at each bracket with a quick review of any upset or surprises. The top 12 to 16 wrestlers were seeded into each bracket with the rest bind drawled at random.
At 106 lbs non seeded Jaron Martinez, Brighton beat #9 seed Jesse Martinez, Dumas via major decision 11 - 3, then decision Tanner Hunt 6 -2 to put himself in the quarterfinals.
120 lbs - there were no major surprises going into the quarters.
132 lbs - Unseeded junior Adrian Rodriguez, Platte Valley tech fall 16 - 0 # 7 seed Patrick Esparsen, Centauri and then decision #10 seed David Opheim , ThunderRidge while making it to the quarterfinals. The # 2 seed Matt Bailey, Berthoud lost via 13 - 9 decision to Jakob Otto, Cherry Creek in the second round.
145 lbs - One of the biggest upset saw # 1 seed Alika Kealoha, Thornton loss by fall to unseeded Jonas Lutz, Brighton. Lutz lost in the next round to another unseeded wrestler Bryson Fogg, Highland which put Fogg into the quarters.
160 lbs - No major surprises
170 lbs - Idan Peek, Pine Creek decision #6 seed Andrue Rojas, Greeley Central and tech fall #11 seed Micah Strahan, Legend to put himself in the quarterfinals.
182 lbs - In this bracket there are two unseeded wrestlers Schyler James, Discover Canyon and Ryan Curnow, Mrn Range wrestled their way to the quarterfinals. James beat #5 Joe Baca, Cheyenne Central and #12 Oscar Lopez, Jefferson while Curnow beat Zach Ogg, Poudre and Tyler Beck, ThunderRidge.
195 - lbs #2 seed Bryce Lundberg, Cheyenne Central was pinned in the first round of the tournament by unseeded Caleb Measner, University for the 2nd major upset of the day.
220 lbs - unseeded Tanner Aitken, Brighton pinned #7 Connor Balliet, Berthoud in 51 seconds .
285 - no major upsets
Wrestling starts at 9am with the quarters in both the championship and consolation sides of the brackets.