State wrestling: Three Cardinals fall in fifth-place wrestling matches
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
DENVER – Grand Valley High School’s Bryan Hegwood, George Stagg and Michael Salazar each reached the fifth-place match of their respective weight classes, highlighting the performances of local wrestlers at the Class 3A and 4A State Championships at the Pepsi Center on Saturday.
Hegwood, who lost in the Class 3A semifinal to top-seeded Caleb Copeland at 170 pounds, dropped both of his matches in the consolation round Saturday. He was beaten by Ridge View Academy’s Lucas Chieppo by pin in 2 minutes, 2 seconds, then was beaten in a 6-3 decision by Buena Vista’s Keegan Wentz in the fifth-place match.
Salazar, who won the 3A Region 1 title at 160, lost to Monte Vista’s Austin Vance by pin in 3:40 in the weight class’ fifth-place match.
Stagg reached the consolation semis with a pin of Basalt’s Ruben Chagoya at 145 pounds, but he lost a 4-2 decision to Dillon Vance of Alamosa before Valley’s Anthony Mozal beat him in the fifth-place match, 9-3.
Senior Cody Pfau, Grand Valley’s 106-pounder, was eliminated after she lost to Bennett’s Andrew Clark 13-7 in the third round of the consolation bracket. Pfau finished 2-2 in the tournament and, on Friday, became the first female in Colorado to reach the championship quarterfinals. Also falling in the third round of consolations for Grand Valley was Tucker Schultz at 138 pounds.
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Rifle’s Dallas Rohrig (138) and Coy Zang (132) each lost in the 4A consolation bracket’s third round. Palisade’s Justin Ray pinned Zang in 4:09, and Rohrig lost by and 8-5 decision to Jacob Gerken of Fort Morgan.
Both Rohrig and Zang weren’t 100 percent coming into the weekend. That said, Rifle coach John Wisniewski wasn’t at all disappointed despite the final outcome.
“I couldn’t be more proud of both of them,” Wisniewski said. “Dallas last week hurt his knee and has been fighting the swelling all week.
“On Monday, Coy messed up his ankle and knee, also,” the coach continued. “To see the guts for Coy – he’s out there and he’s a one-legged wrestler.”
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