Regional wrestling: Demons, Bears fare well in first day
GOLDEN — Glenwood Springs High School’s wrestling team got off to the start it was hoping for — and then some — during the first round of the Class 4A Region 4 Tournament at Golden High School on Friday.
None of the 11 wrestlers that the Demons brought to the tournament had been eliminated following first- and second-round championship and consolation matches on the first day of competition. What’s more, seven of those wrestlers are guaranteed no less than a sixth-place podium finish.
It takes no less than a fourth-place finish, however, to reach the Class 4A State Championships in Denver. Five Glenwood wrestlers have reached their weight-class semifinals, which begin at 9 a.m. today. Placing matches begin at 1 p.m., with regional-title matches taking place at 2:30 p.m.
“We’re pretty pleased and excited right now,” Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook said. “Regionals are tough, so having everyone around on the last day is a pretty big deal.”
Glenwood sophomore Myles Wilson (152 pounds) improved to 40-1 with his second-round pin of Henry Dorr of Durango, and senior Cristian Gonzalez (195) moved to 42-0 with his second-round pin Jonah Barber of Discovery Canyon in 21 seconds. Also moving into the semis with pins was Riley Prough (37-5), who pinned Dillon Abeyta of Palisade in 1:17, and Irvin Pallares at 132, who pinned Palisade’s Cody Head in 1:31.
Felix Cano, Glenwood’s 106-pounder, pulled off the most dramatic win. Knotted with Pueblo South’s Andrew Martinez at 0-0 in the final minute of regulation, Cano shot out of a restart, got Martinez on his back and pinned him at the 5:35 mark.
“Felix caught him totally by surprise,” Cook said.
Those still alive in the consolation bracket include Larry Flores (126 pounds), Herbie Vega (145), Jack Reis (160), Jose Diaz (170), Irvin Vazquez (220) and Gerry Viveros (heavyweight). Viveros and Vazquez, like Glenwood’s semifinalists, are guaranteed podium finishes.
Glenwood is in fourth place in the team standings of the 12-team tournament. Leading the way is Pueblo South (92.5), with Discovery Canyon (87), Palisade (62) and Glenwood (60) following.
3A wrestling: Rifle sends four into regional semis
MONTROSE — Four members of Rifle High School’s wrestling team are a victory away from wrestling for a regional championship and a guaranteed berth in the 3A State Championships after they reached the semifinal round of the 3A Region 4 Tournament on Friday afternoon.
Among Rifle’s semifinalists are senior heavyweight Jose Prado, who improved to 30-5 when he pinned Lance Kramer of Olathe in 1:21. At 170, Alex Rivas advanced with a 5-3 decision against Olathe’s John Needham. David Fugita moved into the 138-pound semis with his 35-second pin of Steamboat Springs’ RJ Wilhelm, and Alex Cordova beat Steamboat’s Colton Crawford at 126 with a 10-3 major decision.
Semifinals take place at 9 a.m. today at Montrose High School, with placing matches and finals taking place in the afternoon. Top-four finishers reach the 3A state tournament in Denver.
Remaining alive in the consolation bracket is 113-pounder Isaiah Garcia, 145-pounder Drake Montgomery, 152-pounder Miguel Guardado, and 160-pounder Zach Wisniewski.
Six of Grand Valley’s nine regional wrestlers are still alive in the consolation bracket, including JT Latham (106), Alia Poell (113), Ruddell Fadeland (120), Kolton Rebel (126), Johnathan Downing (195) and Evan Hoff (220). For Coal Ridge, the Titans also have six of the nine wrestlers they brought still alive in the consolation bracket, including Justin Goodsell (132), Eddy Baez (152), Gage Clemons (160), Nick Carbone (182), Couy Harrington (195), and Rudy Devora (heavyweight).
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