1/11/2007 11:26:00 AM 



Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel & Daily Sun

Grandview’s Tyler McGoffin, right, ties up Aurora Central’s Daniel Armijo Jan. 6 during the 135-pound championship match at the Rangeview Raider Classic. Armijo won the match 7-6, but McGoffin’s Wolves won the team title.


Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel & Daily Sun

Aurora Central's Edgar Sotelo, top, pins Pueblo Centennial's Gerald Trujillo Jan. 6 in the third period of the heavyweight championship match at the Rangeview Raider Classic. Sotelo's win helped Aurora Central place third as a team.


Team scores - 1. Grandview 188.50; 2. Mullen 110; 3. Aurora Central 106; 4. Rangeview 104; 5. Highlands Ranch 101; 6. Limon 84; 7. Pueblo Centennial 82; 8. Green Mountain 69.50; 9. Mountain Range 44; 10. Horizon 23; 11. Bear Creek 13.50; 12. Montbello 1; 13. Geo. Washington 0

Championship matches

103 pounds - Eric Wilson (Grandview) dec. Marcus May (Green Mountain), 4-2
112 - Zach Maes (Mullen) pinned Michael Balanga (Grandview), 0:59
119 - Connor Haney (Mullen) pinned John Krook (Highlands Ranch), 5:46
125 - Patrick Brown (Grandview) pinned Mike Burgess (Green Mountain), 5:25
130 - John Wagner (Grandview) maj. dec. Derek Smith (Mullen), 12-2
135 - Daniel Armijo (Aurora Central) dec. Tyler McGoffin (Grandview), 7-6
140 - Clayton Frawley (Rangeview) pinned Ethan Hendricks (Limon), 3:47
145 - Kevin LeValley (Limon) pinned Donnie Featherman (Aurora Central), 2:27
152 - Seamus Waples (Mullen) dec. Thomas Garza (Mountain Range), 12-5
160 - Antonio Andrini (Pueblo Centennial) pinned Cody McCutchen (Grandview), 5:29
171 - Jeff Quinlin (Highlands Ranch) pinned Andre Andrini (Pueblo Centennial), 1:27
189 - Drew Clay (Limon) dec. Gregg Quinlin (Highlands Ranch), 5-1
215 - Robby Unger (Highlands Ranch) pinned Penn Wade (Grandview), 1:30
Hwt. - Edgar Sotelo (Aurora Central) pinned Gerald Trujillo (Pueblo Centennial), 4:57

Third-place matches

103 pounds - Ivan Mondragon (Aurora Central) pinned Alyssa Garcia (Pueblo Centennial), 1:30
112 - Phillip Nguyen (Aurora Central) dec. Cort Siegele (Green Mountain), 9-6
119 - Ricardo Villalobos (Aurora Central) pinned Christian Gallegos (Horizon), 1:50
125 - Sean Turner (Rangeview) maj. dec. Aaron Pfeifer (Highlands Ranch), 8-0
130 - Ty Mackey (Rangeview) dec. Bryce Spaur (Mountain Range), 5-3
135 - Adam Jerome (Rangeview) pinned Michael Canono (Highlands Ranch), 1:09
140 - Michael Chiv (Mullen) pinned Angelo Hinojosa (Mountain Range), 2:06
145 - Bryce Lucherini (Grandview) pinned Ross Swartz (Highlands Ranch), 0:47
152 - Dan Cleaver (Pueblo Centennial) dec. Daniel Ramirez (Grandview), 6-5
160 - Vince Delmonico (Bear Creek) tech falled Nick Curtis (Rangeview), 16-0
171 - Cale Grispe (Green Mountain) pinned Kevin Magoon (Grandview), 2:28
189 - Brad Nicholson (Rangeview) dec. Jacob Bomareto (Grandview), 4-3
215 - Tom Jeffrey (Rangeview) pinned Austin Loperman (Limon), 4:21
Hwt. - Cody Gilmore (Grandview) pinned Joe Carroll (Mullen), 2:00

Wolves again show strength at Rangeview tourney
Three individual champs for Grandview, two for Aurora Central and one for host Raiders

By Courtney Oakes
The Aurora Sentinel & Daily Sun

The Grandview wrestling team has come to regard the Rangeview Raider Classic as its own personal playground.

Without a full lineup and rusty from winter break, the Wolves had six finalists - three winners - and coasted to their second consecutive Rangeview championship Jan. 6 with 188.50 points.

Sophomore Eric Wilson at 103 pounds, 125-pound junior Patrick Brown and 130-pounder John Wagner all earned titles for Grandview, which was last in action at the Reno (Nev.) Tournament of Champions.

"We only had two days of practice like everybody else because of the weather, but this was a good way to get going," Grandview coach Greg Maestas said.

"It's going to just get tougher from here," said Maestas, whose team will wrestle at Arvada West and the Top of Rockies the next two weekends.

Third-place Aurora Central had two champions in 135-pounder Daniel Armijo and heavyweight Edgar Sotelo, while 140-pound winner Clayton Frawley paced host Rangeview to fourth place.

The 13-team tournament was infused by the addition of Limon and Pueblo Centennial, teams that made the trek when weather canceled tournaments elsewhere.

But with four finalists between 103 and 135 pounds - the three winners plus 135-pound runner-up Tyler McGoffin - and 12 of 13 wrestlers placing in the top four in their weights, Grandview easily prevailed.

Wilson, coming off a five-win performance in Reno that left him one match shy of placing in the prestigious tournament, started the winning with a 4-2 decision over Green Mountain's Marcus May. It was a satisfying victory for Wilson, who lost to May by the same score in the consolation bracket at last season's Class 5A state wrestling tournament.

"I think size and experience made the difference this time," said Wilson, who is now 16-2. "I wrestled all summer and got a lot more experience. He's a tough kid, but I'm wrestling pretty good."

Brown won at Rangeview in the 112-pound class last year, and dominated this year's 125-pound bracket. He finished things off with a 5-minute, 25-second, pin of Green Mountain's Mike Burgess in the championship match. Wagner manhandled Mullen's Derek Smith in the 130-pound final.

Led by Armijo and Sotelo, coach Conrad Parra's Aurora Central team improved four places in the overall standings despite sizeable holes in the lineup.