Super 8: Demons excel at regional wrestling tournament
GOLDEN — Miles Cook and Guy Brickell couldn’t have dreamed of this kind of a performance from their Glenwood Springs High School wrestling team prior to this weekend. Instead, the Demons turned in a performance that went beyond their coach’s wildest dreams at the Class 4A Region 4 Tournament at Golden High School.
Myles Wilson and Cristian Gonzalez each won regional championships, and Glenwood advanced eight wrestlers into the Class 4A State Championships on their way to a third-place team finish in the tournament.
“Guy and I figured that four or five might be a realistic number for us,” Cook, Glenwood’s assistant coach, said in referring to the Demons’ head coach. “Six would have been outstanding. But eight? That’s just incredible.”
Brickell said the most wrestlers Glenwood has ever taken to the state tournament since he’s been coaching was seven, which came in 1988 when the Demons finished second in what was then their district tournament. Cook also said the two regional titles are the most the Demons have had since the late 1980s.
Winning the team title was Discovery Canyon, with 238.5 points, with Pueblo South 222.5) and Glenwood (162.5) following. Palisade followed with 155.5, and the regional titles by Wilson and Gonzalez provided the Demons with enough points for a top-three finish.
The 4A State Championships take place Thursday through Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The top-four finishers in each weight class earned state tournament berths.
Wilson (152 pounds), a sophomore who was the top-seeded wrestler in his weight class, improved to 42-1 with his commanding 6-2 decision against Golden’s Chase Daniels. Just as commanding — and maybe even more so — was Gonzalez in the 195-pound title match, where he improved to 44-0 when he pinned Drake Buford of Palisade in 22 seconds.
Also reaching the regional title match was Glenwood freshman 106-pounder Felix Cano, who was pinned by Discovery Canyon’s Jaden Porreco in 1:00. Jose Diaz (170) beat Palisade’s Aaron Brown 6-1 for third place, Irvin Vazquez pinned Montrose’s Cayden James in 1:27 in the 220-pound fourth-place match, Riley Prough (120) and Irvin Pallares (132) each finished fourth in their weight class, and junior Gerry Viveros pinned Jared Barton of Discovery Canyon for fourth place at heavyweight at the 3:38 mark.
“That’s the greatest I’ve ever felt after a match,” said Viveros, who is making his first trip to the state tournament. “There’s no other way to describe it.”
CLASS 3A: RIFLE PUNCHES FOUR STATE TICKETS; CARBONE ADVANCES FOR TITANS
MONTROSE — Rifle High heavyweight Jose Prado, 170-pounder Alex Rivas, 160-pounder Zach Wisniewski and 138-pounder David Fugita each earned top four finishes at the 3A Region 4 Tournament at Montrose High School on Saturday.
Prado fell 1-0 to Marcus Garcia of Delta in the heavyweight title bout, and Fugita, the top seed in his weight class, rebounded from a loss in the semifinals to beat Sterling’s Eric Krier, 3-1, for third place. Wisniewski and Rivas each took fourth in their weight classes.
“I told them all, ‘Go out and be great today,’” Rifle coach John Wisniewski said. “And that’s what they did.”
The Bears finished ninth in the team standings with 92 points. Delta won the team title with 266.5 points.
Coal Ridge will have one state qualifier in 182-pounder Nick Carbone, who managed a fourth-place finish in his weight class after a loss by pin to Delta’s Daniel Brown in the third-place match. The Titans also had a state placer in Couy Harrington, who finished sixth at 195.
Grand Valley had no state qualifiers but three state placers in Kolton Rebel (fifth at 132), Johnathan Downing (fifth at 195) and Evan Hoff (sixth at 220).
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