4A state wrestling: Demons move two into quarterfinals
DENVER — Myles Wilson and Cristian Gonzalez wasted little time with their opponents during the first round of the class 4A State Championships on Thursday night.
The two Glenwood Springs High School wrestlers won their initial matches at the Pepsi Center in convincing fashion, with each win netting them a berth in the tournament’s quarterfinal round. In all, Wilson, a sophomore 152-pounder, and Gonzalez, a senior 195-pounder, were the only Glenwood wrestlers out of eight state qualifiers to earn a first-round victory.
The tournament continues today with quarterfinal matches taking place at 10 a.m. today. Consolation-bracket matches will begin upon the completion of the state quarterfinals, with semifinal-round matches slated to start at 7:15 tonight.
Wilson (43-1), who came into the tournament as the No. 2 seed in his weight class, was in control throughout his match against Pueblo County’s Mason Mooring. Wilson likely would have netted a technical-fall victory before the end of the second period, but instead pinned Mooring with 33 seconds left in the second.
The match was nearly a carbon copy of many other matches for Wilson, who came out as the aggressor and never let up after taking an early lead.
“It’s all about getting that first takedown, because that’s what gets things started,” said Wilson, whose first takedown came with nine seconds gone in the match. “From there, most of the time you end up breaking the kid.”
That was definitely the case in this match, when Mooring never had much of a chance to score.
Wilson moved into the quarterfinals against Windsor’s Terrance Wilson, who pinned his first-round opponent, Cameron Rhodes of Pueblo West, at the 5:32 mark.
Gonzalez didn’t take nearly as long in his match against Denver South’s Casey Seppeit, pinning his opponent at the 1:30 mark. He’ll move on to face Greeley Central’s Eduardo Rojas, who nearly went the distance in pinning Widefield’s Kris Davis in 5:52.
Each of Glenwood’s six other state qualifiers suffered losses in their first-round matches.
Freshman 106-pounder Felix Cano moved into the consolation bracket after he was pinned in 5:46 by Roosevelt’s Bo Slaymaker. Riley Prough (38-8) lost an 8-4 decision at 120 pounds to Niwot’s Tommy Stager, and 132-pounder Irvin Pallares fell 8-2 to Justus Strand of Northridge. Also wrestling in consols today will be 170-pounder Jose Diaz after his loss by pin to Canon City’s Lucas Bufmack, 220-pounder Irvin Vasquaz after his first-round loss by pin to Palmer Ridge’s John DeLaCruz, and heavyweight Gerry Viveros, who was pinned by Widefield’s Grayson Parton.
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