Coal Ridge’s Larsen wins state wrestling opener |

Coal Ridge’s Larsen wins state wrestling opener

DENVER – Coal Ridge sophomore Trevor Larsen made his state wrestling debut a success on Thursday, scoring an opening-round win over Sheridan’s Luis Gurule.

Leading virtually the entire Class 3A, 119-pound match, Larsen coasted to an 11-4 win at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

“He did a really nice job,” Titans coach Mike Mikalakis said by phone. “He was up for the whole match. He was in control for the entire thing. He wrestled well. He was smart and really aggressive.”

Larsen broke his thumb late last season, missing out on regionals and state. He’s making the most of his chance in Denver this year.

“I think he kind of uses that – missing the state tournament – as motivation,” Mikalakis said. “It’s kind of like he wants to get retribution, to make up for it.”

Next up for Larsen, now 21-7 on the season, is Centauri’s Ben Polkowske. Polkowske takes a 40-2 record into the championship quarterfinals.

The state wrestling tournament picks back up today, with championship quarterfinal and first-round consolation matches kicking off at 10 a.m. for Class 2A and 3A competitors.

The state tournament runs through Saturday.

Four of Grand Valley’s five state wrestlers won their first-round matches on Thursday.

Ryan Gallegos, a three-time state runner-up, pinned Ellicott’s Justin Ellison in 1 minute, 53 seconds at 145 pounds. Gallegos is now 38-0 this season.

At 135 pounds, Jerrod Busch scored a 9-4 win by decision over Discovery Canyon’s Brandon Sperle.

Jared Tonder won by technical fall, 17-0, over Weld Central’s Devin Spalding at 140 pounds.

Tyler Miles, a 152-pounder, and a Class 2A state champion in 2008, beat Peyton’s Blake Bartlett by earning a 12-5 decision.

David Witt, a 160-pounder, suffered Grand Valley’s sole Thursday setback, He lost to Highland’s Freddie Erebia, 14-8.

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