Glenwood’s Wilson to wrestle for title
RIFLE ADVANCES IN CONSOLATION BRACKET; GLENWOOD, COAL RIDGE FALL
DENVER — Both of Rifle’s wrestlers who dropped into the consolation bracket of the Class 3A State Championships stayed on contention for a podium spot on Friday before they were eliminated in their second match of the day.
Coal Ridge High School’s lone representative saw an early exit, however, and each of the six Glenwood Springs wrestlers who dropped into consols left the tournament without a victory.
Rifle 160-pounder Zach Wisniewski, who won an 18-16 overtime decision over Clear Creek’s Nate Kocol in the first round of consols, was pinned in 30 seconds by Platte Valley’s Clark Jett. David Fugita earned a pin of Jefferson’s Brandon Onofre in 1:37, but followed with a loss by pin to Salida’s Jake Schoenfeldd in 3:07.
Coal Ridge’s Nick Carbone lost by pin to Fort Lupton’s Riley Johnson, falling at the 2:09 mark of the match. Carbone, a senior, finished his season with a 19-16 record.
Also, Glenwood’s Felix Cano lost 6-2 at 106 pounds to Pueblo West’s Zach Cisneros, and teammate Riley Prough fell 8-6 at Pueblo East’s Antonio Trujillo at 120. Wrestling on an adjacent mat during Prough’s match was 132-pounder Irvin Pallares, who was eliminated with his 3-2 loss to Thompson Valley’s Braydon Besse.
Glenwood 170-pounder Jose Diaz was within a hair of pinning Bryce Bloom of Windsor before a quick reversal by the Windsor junior netted a loss by pin for Diaz at the 2:07 mark of the match. Irvin Vazquez, wrestling at 220 for Glenwood, suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to Greeley Central’s Logan Yeadon. Falling at heavyweight was Gerry Viveros, who lost by pin to Palmer Ridge’s Eben Martin in 1:50.
— Jon Mitchell
DENVER — Just because Myles Wilson had an early lead during his 4A semifinal wrestling match Friday night didn’t mean he was just going to sit back and protect it.
He went out and grabbed an early lead. Then he want out and scored more points. And because of that approach, he has a chance to grab Glenwood Springs High School’s first state wrestling title in more than two decades.
Wilson, the Demons’ 152-pound wrestler, took an early lead against Cheyenne Mountain’s Zac Baker and kept adding to it on his way to a 8-2 major-decision victory in the semifinal round of the Class 4A State Championships. And with that victory, Wilson moved into the state-championship match at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
“I’m really looking forward to this,” said Wilson, who improved to 45-1 with his wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday. “It’s going to be a good match. It’s going to be a battle. I just have to come out prepared.”
Wilson, the No. 2 seed in the tournament who will be the only wrestler from a Garfield County high school to wrestle for a state title today, will wrestle top-seeded Ben Hewson of Thompson Valley for the state title. Hewson (42-4) defeated Greeley Central’s Chico Trujillo 13-1 in the other semifinal. Finals for all classifications — 5A through 2A — begin at 7 tonight at the Pepsi Center.
“It should be a great matchup,” Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook said. “Two similar body types, two similar attacking styles.”
Wilson, who defeated Windsor’s Terrance Williams 10-2 in the quarterfinals, is trying to become the first Glenwood wrestler to win a state title since Dan Loya won his second-consecutive heavyweight championship for the Demons back in 1993.
The Glenwood sophomore was one of four area wrestlers who reached Friday night’s semifinal round. Glenwood’s Cristian Gonzalez — the No. 2 seed who was unbeaten and unscored upon headed into the state tournament, was stunned by Thompson Valley’s David Euesa, 2-0.
Euesa scored a takedown with just 51 seconds gone in his match against Gonzalez, then played it safe and kept his distance from Gonzalez for the rest of the match. Gonzalez, however, got Euesa on his side and nearly turned him for a takedown in the final second. The match referee, however, called the match before he could give Gonzalez a takedown.
“That was real smart,” Cook said. “He scored real early and then he just milked it. That was an iffy call at the end that could have gone either way.”
Gonzalez will wrestle in the consolation semifinals, beginning at noon today, against either Pueblo West’s Josh Medeiros or Pueblo Centennial’s Demitrius Miller.
In the 3A state meet, Rifle heavyweight Jose Prado lost 3-2 in the semis to top-seeded Joe Carwin of Brush, who also scored an early takedown and held on for the victory.
Prado, who was down 3-0 headed into the third period, scored an escape at the beginning of the third period and pulled within one after Carwin was penalized for stalling with 10 seconds remaining. That, however, wasn’t enough time for Prado to score a match-deciding takedown to advance.
Rifle’s other semifinalist, 170-pounder Alex Rivas, faced a familiar opponent in Kory Mills of Delta. Mills, who had beaten Rivas previously this season, took control in the middle of the second period before pinning Rivas with 1:11 remaining.
“For me being a senior and being at state for the first time, I still feel really good after this,” said Rivas, who made the semis after coming into the tournament as the bracket’s No. 15 seed.
Class 3A consolation semifinals begin at 10:30 a.m. today.
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