Glenwood wrestling dominates at Weld Central tourney
Competing at the Weld Central Tournament Saturday in Keenesburg, the Glenwood Springs Demons’ wrestling team rolled through the competition, finishing an impressive 6-1 as a team, defeating the likes of Denver North, Longmont, Summit, Silver Creek, University and Wheat Ridge, while dropping the lone match to Frederick.
Against Frederick to start the day, Glenwood dropped a 41-33 decision. Glenwood’s Tucker Porter started the day strong, pinning Frederick’s Garrett Phillips at the 3:08 mark in the 160-pound match, while Amos Wilson pinned Brayden Weigardt at the 1:12 mark in the 170-pound match. Antonio Ordonez continued Glenwood’s run with a pin over Frederick’s Darian Berg just 31 seconds into the match, but Frederick was able to turn things around, pulling away for the match win.
Glenwood bounced back in a big way, pummeling Denver North 54-27, as Max Burrell pinned Denver North’s Isaiah Salazer at the 3:13 mark of the 120-pound match, while Mathew Flores added another win over Denver North’s Izreal Garcia just 1:57 into the 132-pound match. Glenwood picked up a handful of forfeit wins in the middle of the match before Ordonez pinned Denver North’s Daniel Serrato just 1:06 in the 195-pound match.
In the third match of the day, Glenwood rolled to another big win, topping Longmont 46-27 to move to 2-1 on the day as Wilson pinned Longmont’s Aiden Tank at the 1:34 mark of the 170-pound match. Ordonez picked up another win on the day, pinning Longmont’s Jairen Ovalle at the 2:56 mark of the 195-pound match. Krauth topped Longmont’s Eric Wagner by major decision (14-5), while Chase Vigil added a 10-4 decision win over Longmont’s Dylan Hassler in the 138-pound match.
Glenwood stayed hot in matches against Summit and Silver Creek, topping Summit by a score of 65-18 before topping Silver Creek, 60-18.
Later in the day, Glenwood rolled past University 60-21 before battling with Wheat Ridge, eventually pulling out a 42-27 win in the final match of the day.
Against Wheat Ridge, Burrell pinned Wheat Ridge’s Derek Diegel just 26 seconds into the 120-pound match, while Flores picked up a pin over Wheat Ridge’s Riley Payne just 1:29 into the 132-pound match. Senior Juan Felan added a 9-4 decision win over Wheat Ridge’s Josh Moler in the 152-pound match, before Wilson pinned Alex Plakorus just 46 seconds into the 170-pound match for the Demons. Glenwood finished off the match with a number of forfeit wins, wrapping up a great day on the mats for the Demons.
During the two-day Warrior Classic at Grand Junction Central High School Friday and Saturday, the Rifle Bears, Coal Ridge Titans and Grand Valley Cardinals competed at one of the biggest tournaments on the Western Slope.
For Coal Ridge, standout senior Jacx Power was the lone Titan to podium, placing 5th in the 195-pound weight class. Power topped Battle Mountain’s Brandon Sanchez by fall just 42 seconds into the match after receiving a first-round bye. Following the win over Sanchez, Power pinned Cedaredge’s Toby Waddell in 25 seconds to move onto the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, Power stumbled against Rocky Mountain’s Alec Hargrave, dropping an 11-5 decision to move into the consolation bracket.
In the consolation bracket, Power picked up back-to-back pins over Pueblo Centennial’s James Gallery and Monticello’s Gage Wilcox, but the senior dropped a tough 3-1 decision to Palisade’s Terrance Williams. In the fifth-place match, Power pinned Montrose’s Joseph Catanese in just 2:18 to close out a strong weekend for the senior wrestler.
Much like Power at Coal Ridge, Grand Valley’s AJ Serna was the lone Cardinal to podium at the Warrior Classic, placing fifth in the 120-pound weight class.
Serna received a first-round bye before taking on Fort Collins’ Aidan Murray in the second round. Serna picked up a 10-1 major-decision win, advancing to a third-round match against Mountain Vista’s Lon Ingram. Taking on Ingram in the third round, Serna rolled to another major-decision win – this time an 11-0 mark – to set up a quarterfinal matchup against Cedaredge’s Trey Geyer.
In sudden victory, Serna emerged with an 8-6 decision, securing a place in the semifinals.
In the semifinals, Serna dropped a tough 7-6 loss to Uintah’s Gavin Ayotte. Serna then dropped a 1-0 decision to Pueblo South’s Kristian Arguello, setting up the fifth-place match against Meeker’s Jacob Pelloni. Serna was able to close out the tournament strong with a 3-2 decision for fifth place.
The Rifle Bears also saw just one wrestler podium as senior Brian De La Rosa placed fourth for the Bears in the 160-pound weight class. Just two days after being named a 3A CHSAA all-state second-team football player, De La Rosa battled to a fourth-place finish at the Warrior Classic, pinning Santa Fe’s Isaiah Vargas at the 5:46 mark to get the tournament off to a great start.
De La Rosa then picked up an 8-3 decision over Pueblo Centennial’s Jarett Nakamura, but the senior was pinned in the quarterfinals by Norwood’s Aidan Dabal just 3:36 into the quarterfinal match.
The Rifle senior bounced back strong with a 4-1 decision over Pine Creek’s Kian Colonese before then picking up a sudden victory win over Delta’s Drake Horn, 5-3, setting up a match in the consolation semifinals. Again, De La Rosa came through with a win, topping Pagosa Springs’ Trevor Bryant, 6-4, but the Rifle senior stumbled in the third-place match, dropping a 3-0 decision to Thompson Valley’s Hunter Williams, closing out a great weekend of wrestling for local athletes.
FRUITA MONUMENT 60, GLENWOOD SPRINGS 50
In the Greeley Invitational championship game Saturday night at the University of Northern Colorado, the Glenwood Springs Demons’ boys basketball team dropped a tough 60-50 decision to the Fruita Monument Wildcats.
Glenwood pulled to within 5 points with just 49 seconds left, but the Demons were forced to foul late, allowing the Wildcats to hit free throws and pull away for the win.
Senior guard AJ Crowley led the way for Glenwood with 18 points, while junior guard Angel Garcia added 16 points off the bench for the Demons. Senior guard Aaron Smith chipped in with 11 points in the loss.
Glenwood (6-3) will return to action Jan. 6 at Palisade for the 4A Western Slope League opener against the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. at Palisade High School.
COAL RIDGE 49, SOUTH CHEYENNE 45
On the final day of the Palisade Invitational, the Coal Ridge Titans’ boys basketball team bounced back from an opening-round loss Thursday night by topping South Cheyenne 49-45, Saturday, to close out the tournament in strong fashion.
Against South Cheyenne, standout junior forward Kevin DiMarco capped off the good win for the Titans with two thunderous baseline dunks with two hands, finishing the game with 12 points.
Senior forward Payton White added 12 points of his own, pacing the Coal Ridge attack.
Senior guards Jan Hernandez and Brandon Herrera added 9 and 6 points, respectively, while Jesus Camunez added 5 points for the Titans.
With the win, Coal Ridge improves to 4-1 on the season.
Coal Ridge will travel to Meeker Dec. 21 for a matchup with the Cowboys in the last game before winter break for the Titans under head coach Paul Harvey.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS 61, POUDRE 46
An 18-point performance from senior center Tatum Peterson and 14 points from senior point guard Maddie Bolitho led the Glenwood Springs Demons’ girls basketball team to an impressive 61-46 win over the Poudre Impalas on the final day of the Greeley Invitational at the University of Northern Colorado.
Peterson scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, while Bolitho added 6 of her 14 in the final eight minutes, allowing the Demons to hang on for the win despite being out-scored 25-20 in the final quarter of play.
Along with Peterson and Bolitho, sophomore guard Natalya Taylor added 10 points, while sophomore Ashley Barragan added 8 points and junior Ximena Gutierrez added 7 points for Glenwood.
Glenwood (5-5) will return to action following winter break on Jan. 6 at Palisade to open 4A Western Slope League play at 5:30 p.m. at Palisade High School against the Bulldogs.
COAL RIDGE 52, BASALT 42
The Coal Ridge Titans’ girls basketball team is starting to round into shape at just the right time.
Competing at the Basalt Invitational Friday and Saturday, the Coal Ridge Titans went 2-0 on the weekend, capping off the invitational with a 52-42 win over the Longhorns Saturday morning.
Freshman center Taylor Wiescamp busted out in a big way, pouring in 16 points to lead the Titans’ attack. Wiescamp scored 10 points in the second quarter to give the Titans a 23-17 lead at the half.
Junior guard Sam Dunn added 15 points, including 8 points in the fourth quarter, while sophomore Lyanna Navarez and senior Santana Martinez added 6 and 5 points, respectively.
The Titans later picked up a 30-27 win over Battle Mountain, closing out the Basalt Invitational a perfect 3-0.
Coal Ridge (3-3) will travel to Meeker Dec. 21 for a matchup with the Cowboys.
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