Poudre headlines talented crop of wrestlers13 Dec 2015
The high school wrestling process is a long feeling-out process before the madness of the state tournament. Athletes try and find the right weight to wrestle at and work to perfect technique and conditioning throughout the season. The early season provides some early glimpses of what can come later. Here's a look at what to watch for and who to keep an eye on among local wrestlers.
How good is Poudre?
Sophomore Jacob Greenwood won a state title at 126 pounds last year and is ranked first in On the Mat rankings at 138 pounds to begin this season. He's the headliner for the Impalas but is just one of a deep and talented team that's ranked fifth in Class 5A. Diego Calderon made state a year ago and is ranked fourth at 152. Brody Lamb made state as a freshman and is ranked fourth at 113. Jacob Greenwood's brother, Job, is a freshman and ranked 10th at 120. Owen Lamb is 11th at 126, Alex Alvarez is 15th at 132, Peter Knott is 10th at 160, and Garret McCullar is a transfer from Platte Valley and ranked sixth at 170. Poudre has the high-end talent and depth to make them a possible player at the state tournament.
What about the other city teams?
Of the Fort Collins teams, Rocky Mountain lost the most talent from last year. The Lobos had three finalists and two champions in Konnor Schmidt and Danny Murphy. Those two, along with runner-up Roman Ortiz, graduated. Rocky Mountain returns state qualifier Joseph O'Donnell (ranked seventh at 138), conference champion Josh Nira (ranked eighth at 120) and Jason DeHerrera, who was third at conference. Colby Dolgin was hurt last year but is ranked 13th at 152. Matt Maguire is 13th at 160, Jake Hansen is 12th at 170, Tyrell Morgan is 13th at 182, Eric Martinez is 13th at 285. Fort Collins returns two wrestlers who made state in Sephan Ikeler and Jon Engle. Ikeler is ranked 17th at 120, and Engle is 14th at 285. Also ranked for the Lambkins is Josh Boulton, who comes in 16th at 138. Fossil Ridge did not have any wrestlers at state last year, and none are ranked. The SaberCats are under the direction of first-year coach Joseph Zambrano. Some key athletes are Even Perry, Kyle Smart and John Fonvile.
Where does Windsor stand in 4A?
The Wizards always seem to contend in 4A, and this year seems no different. Windsor is ranked third by On the Mat and returns a few high-placers at state. Matteo Ambriz was fourth last season at 145 and is now ranked second at 138. Sam Zdenek took third at 113 and is ranked third at 126. Gerald Mack was a runner up at 138 and is ranked first at 145. Other rankings include Will VomBaur, third at 106 as a freshman; Braden Peninger, 13th at 120; Joseph Hansen, fifth at 132; Gage Trusty, 10th at 152; Bryce Bloom, sixth at 170; Josh Grasmick, seventh at 195; Victor Bravo, 15th at 220; and Tyler Shubert, third at 285.