Glenwood’s Wilson wins 4A 182-pound state championship
For the second straight year, Glenwood’s Myles Wilson is bringing home some serious hardware.
The University of Iowa signee wrapped up his stellar Glenwood career Saturday night by topping Pueblo County’s Dante Garcia by major decision (10-0) in the 4A 182-pound weight class to win his second straight state championship while also setting the mark for wins in a career in the state of Colorado with 189 and tying the state record for wins in a season with 51.
Wilson finishes the 2016-17 season with a perfect 51-0 record.
Last year Wilson won the 4A 170-pound weight class by topping Greeley Central’s Andrue Rojas by decision, 6-3, so this season Wilson added weight and continued to dominate on the mat.
The senior pinned all of his opponents last weekend in the regional meet to finish first and clinch a spot in the state tournament before then pinning his first three opponents in the state tournament. He would then roll to the major decision win over Garcia to secure his second straight state championship.
As a sophomore Wilson wrestled for the state title in the 152-pound weight class but lost a 4-2 decision to Thompson Valley’s Ben Hewson. Saturday’s win marked the third different weight class he’s wrestled for a state title in three consecutive years.
While Saturday evening was a joyous day for Wilson, fellow Glenwood wrestler, senior Riley Prough came up short in the 4A 126-pound state championship match, falling by major decision, 19-6, to Greeley’s Andrew Alirez.
Despite coming up just short on the big stage, Prough still turned in a strong season finishing 48-5 on the year and a second-place showing in the state tournament.
Grand Valley sophomore A.J. Serna also wrestled for a state championship Saturday evening, but the young Cardinals star came up just short in the 3A 113-pound title match, falling to Alamosa’s Isaiah Delarceda by fall at the 3:27 mark. Fortunately for Serna, the sophomore will have two more cracks at a state championship moving forward.
Grand Valley teammate, senior Evan Hoff, also fell in the state final, dropping a heartbreaking 7-5 decision in overtime to Jefferson’s Oscar Lopez. Hoff held leads of 2-0 and 4-2 after two periods of action before allowing Lopez to take a late 5-4 lead. Hoff would get one point back just before the horn to force overtime, but in the extra session Lopez would score two quick points before holding on for the win.
Wrapping things up for Saturday matches for local wrestlers, Rifle senior Alex Cordova fell short in his quest for third place in the 3A 170-pound weight class, dropping the third place match by fall at the 1:37 mark to Sheridan’s Faustin Lopez.
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