Wilson wins regional championship for Demons
Competing at Montrose High School in the 4A Region 4 Regional Wrestling Championships, standout Glenwood senior and defending 170-pound state champion Myles Wilson again rolled to a regional championship, this time in the 182-pound weight class, by pinning his first two opponents after receiving a first round bye.
Against Standley Lake’s Andrew Beard in the quarterfinals, Wilson pinned him in just 39 seconds, setting up a semifinal matchup with Mesa Ridge’s Jared Volcic. Once again, Wilson came out on top via fall, pinning Volcic in just 1:10 to set up a championship match with Grand Junction Central’s Weston Holden.
In the first place match, Wilson pinned Holden at the 3:09 mark to claim yet another regional championship to clinch a berth in the state championship tournament next weekend at the Pepsi Center.
On the year, Wilson is a perfect 47-0.
Outside of Wilson’s achievements, teammate Riley Prough finished second in the 126-pound weight class, clinching a berth in the state tournament.
Prough (47-4) lost a 4-3 decision to Pueblo East’s Ryan Roth in the first place match after pinning Grand Junction Central’s Tristan Rascon and Montrose’s Kolton Bradshaw to set up a showdown with Roth.
Along with Prough, Felix Cano finished second overall in the 120-pound weight class for the Demons, securing a spot in the state tournament as well.
Cano (36-4) fell to Pueblo Central’s Andrew Lucero by fall at the 2:33 mark to finish second in the weight class.
Larry Flores also secured state tournament bid as the finished third overall in the 138-pound weight class.
POWER WINS REGIONAL TITLE FOR TITANS
Competing at the 3A Region 1 tournament, Coal Ridge junior Jacx Power claimed the 3A Region 1 championship in the 182-pound weight class, clinching a spot in the 3A state tournament next weekend at the Pepsi Center.
Power, who received a first round bye, went on to win the championship after pinning Rifle’s Griffin Ebeler at the 4:30 mark of their quarterfinal matchup before then topping Olathe’s Justin Mosher by decision, 6-4, to set up a first place match with Moffat County’s Elias Peroulis.
Against Peroulis, Power went to work quickly, eventually pinning Peroulis at the 4:31 mark to win the regional championship in the 182-pound class.
Power was the only Coal Ridge Titan to clinch a spot in the state tournament as only the top four in each weight class head to the Pepsi Center for a shot at the state championship.
SERNA, HOFF WIN TITLES FOR CARDINALS
Also competing at the 3A Region 1 tournament, Grand Valley had two wrestlers win regional championships as 220-pounder Evan Hoff pinned Centauri’s Bennie Chacon at the 5:58 mark, while 113-pounder AJ Serna also won his weight class, topping Montezuma Cortez’s Stevie Fuentes by decision, 7-3.
Serna would pin his first two opponents in the tournament before outlasting Delta’s Logan Mayberry in a decision win (8-2) in the semifinal to set up the showdown with Fuentes, while Hoff received two byes before then picking up a 5-4 tiebreaker win over Pagosa’s Nolan Stretton to reach the finals.
Along with Serna and Hoff, Cardinal teammates JT Latham (120) and Jonathan Pena (138) will also head to Denver for the state tournament next weekend as Latham finished third in the 120-pound weight class, topping Pagosa’s Jason Thomas by fall at the 4:40 mark, while Pena finished second overall in the 138-pound weight class, coming up short against Centauri’s Quinton Montague by technical fall.
RIFLE SENDS TRIO TO STATES
Wrapping up the 3A Region 1 tournament, the Rifle Bears wrestling team saw three athletes clinch spots in next weekend’s state tournament as Alex Cordova (170) and Max Demann (160) each finished second in their respective weight classes, while Colt Rohrig (132) placed third overall in his weight class.
For Cordova, the senior came up short in the championship match against Moffat’s Mikinzie Klimper, losing by fall, while Demann also lost by fall in the first place match to Olathe’s Ethan Jolley. Fortunately for the duo, they’ll get a shot at competing for a state championship next weekend at the Pepsi Center.
Rohrig (32-11) ended up pinning Bayfield’s Jake Sandrey at 0:44 of the third place match.
The 3A and 4A state wrestling championships will take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Feb. 16-18.
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