Myles Wilson, Cristian Gonzalez draw No. 2 seeds for Glenwood at 4A State Championships
Glenwood Springs High School’s Myles Wilson and Cristian Gonzalez, who combined have a win/loss record of 85-1 this season, each received a No. 2 seed in their respective weight classes when the wrestling brackets for the Class 4A and 3A State Championships were released on Sunday.
Gonzalez, a senior wrestling at 195 pounds, comes into the tournament with a 44-0 record. He’ll be the No. 2 seed in the 16-wrestler bracket. Earning the top seed was Demetrius Miller of Pueblo Centennial, who is also unbeaten, at 12-0.
Wilson (41-1) will be the No. 2 seed in the 152-pound weight class. That top seed is Ben Hewson of Thompson Valley, who comes into the tournament with a 39-4 record.
Seeding criteria for the state tournament includes not only a wrestler’s wins and losses during the season, but factors in the quality of opponents those wrestlers have faced. Typically, seeding preference is given to returning state qualifiers and/or placers.
Wilson and Gonzalez are among the eight Glenwood Springs wrestlers and 13 Garfield County wrestlers who will compete in the state tournament, which takes place Thursday through Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Demons are coming off a third-place team finish from their regional tournament in Golden this past weekend.
Other Glenwood seeds include No. 7 Felix Cano (31-13 at 106), No. 15 Riley Prough (36-7 at 120), No. 13 Irvin Pallares (29-12 at 132), No. 7 Jose Diaz (28-16 at 170), No. 15 Irvin Vazquez (23-19 at 220), and No. 14 Gerry Viveros (20-9 at 285).
Glenwood will compete in the 4A tournament, which begins with first-round matches at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pepsi Center. The 3A tournament, in which Rifle and Coal Ridge will compete, will begin with preliminary matches at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Rifle will send four wrestlers to the 3A State Championships after their ninth-place finish at their regional tournament in Montrose. The highest seed is Jose Prado, who’ll be the No. 5 seed at heavyweight with a 31-6 record. Other Rifle wrestlers include No. 15 Alex Rivas (28-11 at 170), No. 16 Zach Wisniewski (19-16 at 160) and No. 10 David Fugita (30-8 at 138).
Coal Ridge had one state qualifier in 182-pounder Nick Carbone. He’ll go into the tournament seeded No. 13 with a 19-14 record.
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