Wilson places first in class at Les Mattocks Invitational
The Glenwood Springs Demons wrestling team competed Saturday at the 32nd annual Les Mattocks Invitational at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver. Out of 34 teams, which featured a mix of 3A, 4A and 5A schools, the Demons finished fourth overall while filling only nine weight classes at the invitational.
Junior Myles Wilson continued his strong run this season, going 4-0 at the invitation to win the 170-pound weight class, pinning Lakewood’s Fabian Estrada just 41 seconds into the first period to give Wilson the top spot.
Entering the invitational at 36-0, Wilson received a first-round bye before picking up a technical fall win and two fall wins on his way to the championship match.
In the 113-pound weight class, sophomore Felix Cano went 2-2 during the invitational, falling in the third round by decision. Freshman Mathew Flores (120) went 2-2 as well at the invitational, while junior Riley Prough (126) placed third overall after going 3-1 in Denver.
Junior Larry Flores (132) turned in an eighth-place finish following a 2-2 finish, while senior Herbie Vega (152) finished fourth overall following a 2-2 performance.
Aside from Wilson, senior Edgar Carbajal (182) turned in the highest placement for Glenwood, finishing third overall after going 3-1 at the Invitational. Carbajal received a first-round bye before pinning Loveland’s Chris Ringus late in the first period.
Carbajal followed up the pin of Ringus with a pin against Roxborough’s John Duckworth with six seconds left in the first period. Unfortunately, Carbajal lost to Aaron Apadaca before picking up an 8-4 decision over Denver’s Adrian Perez to finish third overall.
At 195 pounds, senior Gerry Viveros finished 3-1 as well to place third overall. Viveros received a first-round bye before pinning Ronald Garcia early in the first period. Viveros then pinned Zack McMillon before falling to Highlands Ranch’s Trenton Shultz to send him to the consolation bracket.
In the third-place match, Viveros picked up the win as Chris Padila had to pull out of the match late in the third period due to injury.
Glenwood scored 107.5 points to finish fourth overall behind Thompson Valley (154.0), Legend (131.0) and Adams City (120.5).
While the fourth-place finish in Denver looks good for the program, the Demons have been rolling along all season. In duals so far this season the Demons are 25-3-1 overall.
In tournaments, the Demons have consistently turned in strong showings. At the Buena Vista Demon Duals, Glenwood finished second overall. At the Mead Maverick Duals, the Demons finished third overall after tying for first in a three-way tie before tiebreakers pushed them to third. In the Evergreen Invitational the Demons finished second overall, followed by a second-place finish at the Rumble in the Rockies Duals in Rifle.
So far the Demons have five wrestlers ranked in the top 11 in all of 4A, according to On the Mat, which includes Wilson at No. 1 overall in the state at 170 pounds.
The Demons have a dual at Coal Ridge High School on Thursday, followed by the Cowboy Duals on Saturday at Meeker High School.
Regionals are Feb. 12-13 at Vista Peak High School in Aurora, and the State Tournament is Feb. 18-20 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
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