Grand Valley wrestler gets his rematch
Post Independent Staff
DENVER ” Justin Busch had to wait a year, but he got the rematch he wanted.
The Grand Valley senior’s technical fall decision over Akron’s Calvin Denbo in the first round of Thursday’s Class 2A state wrestling tournament was the first part of the equation.
Rocky Ford’s Jeron Aragon set the rematch against Busch when he pinned Ben Peters of Custer County in his first-round, 145-pound match.
“There’s nobody else I want to wrestle right now more than him,” Busch said after his win. “I really wanted that rematch because (Aragon) knocked me out of the tournament last year.”
No matter the final outcome, the Busch-Aragon hookup shapes up as one of the best matches of this morning’s 2A championship quarterfinals, regardless of weight division.
Busch, who moved to 34-5 with Thursday’s win, has been ranked among the state’s best 145 pounders all season. Aragon (34-2) is No. 3 in the state “On The Mat” rankings.
Thursday’s opener against Denbo wasn’t much of a challenge for Busch after he figured out what he needed to do against his opponent.
“The hardest thing for me was not knowing the kid,” he said.
“That was a good thing, though, because I was forced to wrestle a little different than I usually do.”
It took Busch just over 30 seconds to find out what worked. He built up a 10-3 lead by the end of the second period, then wrapped up the match by outscoring Denbo 10-2, before the match was called with less than a minute left in the third stanza.
“He got tired really quickly,” Busch said of Denbo. “As the match went on, he didn’t want to do anything.”
Prior to Busch recording his victory, sophomore Cody Miles advanced to the 140-pound quarterfinals on a second-period pin of Holly’s Dustin Bohlander.
The only complaint Miles had was that it took him longer to record his win than he wanted to.
“I wanted to get a takedown first, but he got a good shot on me. He’s a better wrestler than I thought,” Miles said of the early lead Bohlander held.
The Cardinal grappler turned the tide in the second period, scoring, then rolling his opponent to the mat with a Granby roll. A few seconds later, Bohlander was done when his shoulders were placed against the mat.
Miles draws two-time state champion Kevin Levalley of Limon for his quarterfinal match. The Badgers senior won the title at 130 pounds last year and at 119 in 2004.
Levalley, who defeated Zach Harmon of Sargent in 43 seconds Thursday, is 39-0 this season and was ranked as the bracket’s No. 1 seed of the tournament at 140.
Matt Cain, wrestling in his first state tournament, lost a 11-1 major decision to Fowler’s Chris Holzworth. The defeat drops Cain to a consolation-round match against Mario Diaz of Sargent.
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