Coal Ridge’s Larsen looking to place |

Coal Ridge’s Larsen looking to place

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado – Even though he dropped out of the state title hunt with a loss in the championship quarterfinals, Coal Ridge sophomore Trevor Larsen still has plenty to wrestle for at the state tournament.

He wants to be the Titans’ first state placer.

Larsen took a stride in that direction Friday, rallying for a 12-9 win over Trinidad’s Richard Baca in the second round of the 3A, 119-pound consolation bracket. He can still finish as high as third when wrestling resumes today at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

“Our school is so new, we have no state placers or anything,” said Larsen, who missed out on state last year after breaking his thumb late in the season. “My goal is to become their first.”

Larsen will next face Martin Peterson of Cedaredge in third-round consolation action this morning.

“I’ve just got to stay focused,” said Larsen, who’s battling fatigue in the wake of a recent bout with bronchitis and a sinus infection. “You can’t let everything get to you.”

Larsen’s loss in the championship quarterfinals came at the hands of Centauri’s Ben Polkowske, who pinned the Titan sophomore in 1 minute, 54 seconds.

Rifle junior Larry Schmueser kept his bid for bronze alive by pinning Palisade’s Mason Day in second-round consolation action at 130 pounds on Friday. He’ll wrestle Berthoud’s Robby Workman in the third round of the consolation bracket today.

Two of Schmueser’s teammates, 152-pounder Matt Barrett and heavyweight Nick Mellon, saw their state tournaments come to an end in Class 4A second-round consolation matches.

Arvada’s Marcos Peralta pinned Barrett in 1 minute, 43 seconds. Greeley West’s Matt Murdock pinned Mellon in 4:54.

Rifle’s Keaton Deere (119) and Tyler Davis (171) were both ousted in the first round of consolation matches.

Deere lost by major decision (15-1) to Pueblo East’s Kraig Garcia. Davis lost to Englewood’s Nick Sheppard, 6-1.

The state tournament ended quickly for Glenwood Springs junior Chris Ayala, who went two and out. Pueblo Centennial’s Timmy Romero ended Ayala’s state stay, pinning the Demon in the first round of the consolation bracket on Friday.

Ayala lost to Mountain View’s Daniel Landry, 16-4, on Thursday. He wrapped the season with a 31-9 record.

Grand Valley 160-pounder David Witt saw his state tournament come to an end with a 12-6 loss to Holy Family’s King Medlin in the first round of consolation wrestling on Friday.

Witt, a sophomore, has now made the state tournament twice.

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