Photo by Courtney
Oakes/Aurora Sentinel & Daily Sun
Ryan Tauer, left, tries to break away from
Palmer's Jon Russel Feb. 16 in the third period
of their Class 5A heavyweight semifinal match at
the Pepsi Center in Denver. Tauer won by an 11-2
major decision to join teammate John Hooper (140
pounds) and Grandview's Tyler McGoffin (135) as
Aurora wrestlers in the Feb. 17 state finals.
CLASS 5A STATE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
At Pepsi Center
Team scores - 1. Ponderosa 132; 2. Pomona
65; 3. Legacy 64.50; 4. Regis 59; 5. Loveland
51.50; 6. Northglenn 48; 7. Chaparral 44.50; 8.
Grand Junction 41; 9. Wasson 40; 10. Centaurus
39; 11. Rocky Mountain 36; 12. Brighton 35; 13.
Fort Collins 33; T14. Adams City 31.50; T14.
Fruita Monument 31.50; T16. Air Academy 30; T16.
Grandview 30; 18. Denver East 29; 19. Thornton
27; 20. Poudre 26; 21. Pine Creek 25.50; 22.
Columbine 25; 23. Coronado 21; T24. Central of
G.J. 16; T24. Douglas County 16; 26. Wheat Ridge
15; 27. Heritage 14; T28. Boulder 12; T28.
Durango 12; 30. ThunderRidge 11.5; 31. Lakewood
10.50; T32. Lewis-Palmer 10; T32. Standley Lake
10; 34. Highlands Ranch 9.5; T35. Aurora Central
9; T35. Monarch 9; T35. Palmer 9; T35. Rangeview
9; 39. Doherty 8.5; T40. Cherry Creek 8; T40.
Rampart 8; T42. Arvada 7; T42. Green Mountain 7;
44. Dakota Ridge 6; T45. Arapahoe 3; T45.
Aurora individual results
Tyler McGoffin (Grandview) maj. dec. Adam Jerome
John Hooper (Regis) pinned Tyler Young (Grand
Micah Burak (Coronado) dec. Matt Strohm (Regis),
Ryan Tauer (Regis) maj. dec. Jon Russell
Christopher Wessel (Legacy) pinned Ivan
Mondragon (Aurora Central), 0:52
Zeke Hofer (Ponderosa) tech. falled Ricardo
Villalobos (Aurora Central), 17-2
Tyler McGoffin (Grandview) dec. Rhett Breed
Adam Jerome (Rangeview) pinned Ryan Olvera (Eaglecrest),
John Hooper (Regis) pinned Darian Roberts
(Arvada West), 1:42
Patrick Armstrong (Ponderosa) dec. Pasha
Tabatabai (Regis), 6-3
Matt Strohm (Regis) dec. Sal Howes (Arvada), 7-6
Ryan Tauer (Regis) pinned Jonathan Uncapher
Three Aurora wrestlers make 5A finals
Regis’ Hooper and Tauer, Grandview’s McGoffin get title shots
The Aurora Sentinel & Daily Sun
DENVER | For the second year in a row, three Aurora wrestlers
get their shots at winning a Class 5A state wrestling
Regis teammates John Hooper and Ryan Tauer and Grandview's Tyler
McGoffin each advanced through the quarterfinal and semifinal
rounds of the 5A tournament Feb. 16 at the Pepsi Center, setting
themselves up to finish the season as the state's best if they
win the Feb. 17 finals.
Besides the three finalists, Aurora has guaranteed placers in
Regis 171-pounder Matt Strohm and Rangeview 135-pounder Adam
Jerome. Six other city wrestlers are still alive in the
Hooper at 140 pounds and heavyweight Tauer are seeking Regis'
first state championship since 1994 and collected three pins and
a major decision between them to help the Raiders climb into
fourth place as a team with 59 points going into the final day.
Five of Regis' six state qualifiers could place.
McGoffin gives the Wolves at least one finalist for the third
year in a row, and will try to match the feat accomplished last
year when Jon Brascetta and Curtis McNary won the school's
McGoffin defeated Rangeview's Jerome by an 11-1 major decision
in an all-Aurora semifinal at 135 pounds, earning a chance to
give the Wolves at least one champion in consecutive years. He
will face Wasson's Casey Cruz, who won his third straight match
in the tournament by pin when he stuck Ponderosa's Zach Valdez
in 5:37 in the semifinal. Cruz is 39-0 on the season, while
McGoffin is 38-4.
Hooper, the top seed at his weight, recovered from a first day
that was disappointing by his standards and pinned both Arvada
West's Darian Roberts and Grand Junction's Tyler Young - who was
44-2 coming into the match - to earn a championship berth
opposite Brighton's Dietrick Turney. Hooper (42-3) beat Turney
9-2 for the Region 3 championship Feb. 10.
Like McGoffin, Tauer faces an undefeated opponent in the state
championship match. After pinning Kennedy's Jonathan Uncapher
and winning by an 11-2 major decision over Palmer's Jon Russel
in the semifinals, Tauer's final challenge is Thornton's Marcus
Felker, who comes into the title match with a 33-0 mark. Tauer
Strohm nearly joined his two teammates in the finals, but lost a
tough 4-3 decision to Coronado's Micah Burak in a 171-pound
semi. He assured himself of placing in the process and will face
either Highlands Ranch's Jeff Quinlin, who beat him late in the
Region 3 final a week early, or Chaparral's Jake Julian for the
right to advance to the third-place match.
Pasha Tabatabai, who led Ponderosa's Patrick Armstrong into the
third period before losing in the quarterfinals at 160 pounds,
rebounded to dominate Columbine's Mitch Schubert and keep his
chances of placing alive.
Danny Bieshaar lost to Centaurus' Dominic Valenzuela, who later
advanced to the 125-pound final, in his opening match, but has
won two wrestlebacks to put himself a match away from the
placing round. He needs to beat Doherty's Sean Martinez to
assume himself of at least sixth.
Despite his semifinal loss to McGoffin, Jerome will place in his
second state appearance. He awaits the winner of the bout
between Fort Collins' Cam Williams and Nate Granahan with the
winner making the third-place match.
Besides McGoffin, Grandview still has potential placers in
103-pounder Eric Wilson and heavyweight Cody Gilmore.
Smoky Hill's Nolan Myers is also alive, winning by a 10-1 major
decision over Aurora Central's Ricardo Villalobos to keep his
quest going to reach the podium at 119 pounds.
Aurora Central's placing hopes rest on the shoulders of
135-pounder Daniel Armijo, who dominated Eaglecrest's Ryan
Olvera for a 10-0 major decision in the second round of
consolations. Armijo would earn his way onto the podium with a
win over Durango's Rhett Breed.