Rifle’s Long takes third at state
DENVER ” Rifle’s Jesse Long fell to a familiar foe in the semifinal round of the Colorado State 4A Wrestling Tournament, but left Denver with some hardware nonetheless.
Long, wrestling in the 160-pound class, was sent to the elimination bracket after a 3-2 loss to Western Slope opponent Tyler Morfitt of Delta. It was his only loss of the tournament, however, as the senior won two matches in the elimination bracket for third place.
After posting a 6-5 decision on Nick Kellenbence of Pine Creek, Long downed Iavor Kostadinov of Harrison 6-2 in the third-place match Saturday night.
It was the second victory of the tournament over Kellenbence for Long. He also beat him 10-7 in the opening round. In the second round Long decisioned Vinny Vigil of Widefield 5-4.
Long finishes the season with a 28-5 record.
Rifle 103-pounder Eddie Kreimier notched a first-round win, but fell in his next two matches. The junior downed Tyler Carron of Berthoud 4-2 in the first round but was pushed into the elimination bracket after an 8-4 decision loss to Aron Baltierra.
The junior was eliminated 4-0 by Justin Morris of Pueblo Central.
At 119 pounds, Rifle junior Luke Wooten fell 5-3 in the opening round to Ricky Saucedo of Northridge. Wooten battled back with wins over Mountain Vista’s Jeremy Fix (fall, 2:01) and Rian Hopkins of Canon City (5-2), but was knocked from the tournament after losing to Pueblo South’s Marcus Hernandez after a 3-0 decision.
Rodney Long won his opening match at 125 pounds with a 7-2 decision, but lost the next two to Juan Ortiz of Adams County (9-4) and Widefield’s Brad Marquardt (4-3).
Casie Dunlap posted a 2-2 mark at the tournament with wins over Windsor’s Charlie Collentine (8-5) and Pueblo South’s Abram Natividad (major decision, 17-9). The Rifle junior fell to Nick Padilla of Pueblo West (major decision, 12-2 and was eliminated by Alamosa’s Antonio Aguilar (5-0).
Matt Aten had the best showing for the Basalt wrestling squad at the 3A state tourney with a 2-2 mark in the 140-pound class.
Aten was pinned in his first match, but notched a pair of wins in the elimination bracket over Pagosa’s James Gallegos (fall, 3:50) and Ignacio’s Jacob Appenzellar (major decision, 14-5). Aten, however, couldn’t get by Billy Keating of Hotchkiss, getting pinned in 4:59.
Heavyweight Mike Zerfoss finished with a 2-1 tourney record, defeating Mark Delavan of Colorado Springs Christian 6-2 and losing to Wray’s Chris Reed (7-5) and Gunnison’s Kyle Robbins (fall, 1:32).
Kaleb Nye (160 pounds) and Garrett Jammaron (189) were both 0-2.
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