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Battle of the heavyweights

Jeff Caspersen
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Chad Spangler Post Independent
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DENVER ” Rifle heavyweight Tad Davis never forgot what happened when he wrestled Glenwood Springs’ Greg Orosz last year.

Davis, then a 215-pounder wrestling up a class, was just a move away from a tech fall victory when he made a mistake and wound up pinned.

“I was a point away from teching him and I ended up flipping,” Davis said. “It was a dual against Glenwood Springs, and we lost by six points.”



That memory loomed large for the undefeated Bear heavyweight, who wanted nothing more than to avenge the defeat in Friday’s Class 4A 285-pound semifinal at the state wrestling meet in Denver.

Trying to twist out of a hold 31 seconds into the second round, Orosz landed on his back and Davis pounced, winning by fall and vaulting into tonight’s final against Justin Williams of Englewood.



Williams is ranked No. 1 in 4A by On the Mat Rankings. Davis is ranked second.

“Hopefully I can flip that around,” Davis said.

Davis, now 40-0, is trying to become the first Rifle wrestler since Alfonso Alfini to put together a perfect season. Alfini did it in 2000.

With revenge on Davis’ mind and so much at stake, Orosz knew his opponent would be coming at him with a fury.

“I was expecting it,” he said. “I just wasn’t ready for it.”

Orosz still has a shot at third place, starting with today’s consolation semifinals. If he can win that, he’ll wrestle for bronze.

Brian Key’s bid to join teammates James Conrardy (140 pounds) and Davis in today’s finals fell two points short.

The senior 215-pounder, locked in a battle with Broomfield’s Cody McAnich, lost the showdown 4-2 in overtime.

Key will try to work his way back to a third-place finish today. He’ll need two wins to make that happen.


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