Four locals advance to finals on Day 2 of state wrestling tournament
On Day 2 of the state championship wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver, five local athletes advanced to the semifinals of their respective weight classes, yet only three advanced to the final match scheduled for this evening as Glenwood senior Myles Wilson, Glenwood junior Riley Prough and Grand Valley sophomore AJ Serna all reached the first-place match of their brackets.
Wilson, the defending 4A state champion at 170, won his first match of the tournament in just 18 seconds and followed that up on Friday afternoon with a second pin in just 43 seconds of Vista Peak’s Jayden Smith to advance to the semifinals of the 182-pound weight class. He matched up with Fort Morgan’s Dylan McBride for a shot at reaching the state championship match.
In the semifinal match, Wilson again won by fall, pinning McBride in just 2:21 to advance to the first-place match against Pueblo County’s Dante Garcia.
Along with Wilson, Prough advanced to the semifinals of the 4A 126-pound weight class by topping Cheyenne Mountain’s Kevin Hooks by decision, 7-5, Friday afternoon. The win set up a match with Air Academy’s Jason Hanenberg. Against the Air Academy product, Prough picked up an 8-4 win by decision to set up a final match with Greeley’s Andrew Alirez.
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While Wilson and Prough enjoyed success, Glenwood’s Felix Cano lost his second round match to Canon City’s James Ruona by fall, forcing Cano into the consolation bracket where he’ll try to battle for a shot at third place. Cano will take on Lewis-Palmer’s Cole Stephenson in his next match.
Glenwood senior Larry Flores saw his wrestling career continue for at least one match as he was able to pull off a 5-4 win by decision over Northridge’s Jordan Jackson in the consolation round, pushing Flores closer to wrestling for a shot at third place.
Outside of Glenwood, Rifle’s Alex Cordova advanced to the semifinals of the 3A 170-pound bracket by topping Lamar’s Lucas Tinnes in a major decision, 13-1, to set up a match with Valley’s Josh Flanagan. Unfortunately for Cordova, he dropped the match against Flanagan in a 5-3 decision, pushing him into the consolation bracket where he’ll look to try and finish third in the bracket.
Rifle teammate Max Demann (3A 160) lost his second round match to La Junta’s Dax Bender before then falling to Monta Vista’s Jacob Chavez to finish his high school career on a down note, but what a career it was for the Rifle senior, who finished the regular season 27-14 for the Bears.
Rifle junior Colt Rohrig also saw his season come to an end, losing to Eagle Valley’s Raul Lopez in the consolation bracket by decision, 4-2, just one match after topping Lamar’s Jose Serrano by fall at the 2:21 mark to set up the match with Lopez.
Rounding things out in the valley on Day 2, Coal Ridge’s Jacx Power dropped both matches on the day to close out his season, while Grand Valley’s AJ Serna (3A 113) and Evan Hoff (3A 220) advanced to the semifinals of their respective brackets.
Serna picked up a win by decision, 2-1, over Salida’s Ryan Moltz in their second round match, setting up a semifinal tussle with Brush’s Caleb Cox. Against Cox, Serna picked up a tough 3-2 win by decision to set up a showdown with Isaiah Delacerda of Alamosa.
Hoff reached the semis by picking up a 5-1 decision win over Monte Vista’s German Gastelum to set up a semifinal match with Platte Valley’s Joseph Cockroft. In the semifinal match with Cockroft, Hoff rolled to a 6-0 win by decision to clinch a spot in the state championship match against Jefferson’s Oscar Lopez.
Grand Valley teammate Jonathan Pena (3A 138) still has a shot at third place in the consolation bracket, while JT Laytham (3A 120) wrapped up his season with a loss in the second round of the consolation bracket.
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