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Ayala, Larsen to represent Glenwood, Coal Ridge

DENVER, Colorado – Chris Ayala has always wanted to compete with the state’s best wrestlers. He’ll get his chance this weekend.

The Glenwood Springs junior, who competes at 160 pounds, will make his state tournament debut tonight, kicking off the three-day state tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

“Chris is just looking at this as a chance to go and compete with the best,” Demons coach Guy Brickell said. “He’s really looking forward to that. I think he finally caught that fever.”

He’ll open up with a match against Mountain View’s Daniel Landry.

“It should be fun,” Brickell said. “I think [Ayala’s] got as good a chance as anybody there to place. It just depends on how he handles it mentally. If he gets out and gets after it, we’ll be looking forward to good things from him.”

Ayala is taking a 31-7 record to Denver.

Coal Ridge sophomore Trevor Larsen will also make his state tournament debut tonight.

The youngster, who competes at 119 pounds, enters state with a 20-7 record.

A thumb injury kept Larsen from competing late last season.

“He had a good shot last year,” Titans coach Mike Mikalakis said. “He’s really excited, really self-motivated. He’s the kind of kid who wants to make sure he does do well. He’s excited for making it.

“He wants to prove to himself and to everybody that he’s a talented wrestler. Hopefully he takes that passion and drive.”


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