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5 area wrestlers still in title hunt at state tournament

Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentJames Martinez takes control of his opponent in the Class 4A quarterfinals at 140 pounds.

DENVER – Five area wrestlers still have a shot at state titles after two rounds of the state tournament at the Pepsi Center.

Grand Valley High School advanced four wrestlers to the Class 3A semifinals, while Rifle High School will have 140-pound senior James Martinez in the 4A semis.

Leading the way for the Cardinals are a pair of state runner-ups from 2009 – Ryan Gallegos at 145 and Jared Tonder at 140. At 152, senior Tyler Miles will be looking for a return to the title match after winning a championship as a sophomore. Jerrod Busch advanced to the semis in the 135-pound division.

Rifle’s Larry Schmueser won his first round match at 130 pounds on Thursday, but lost today to drop into the consolation bracket.

In 3A, Trevor Larsen of Coal Ridge won his first-round match at 119, but lost in the second round.

The tournament wraps up Saturday night with the championship matches starting in the evening.

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