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Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel & Daily Sun

Grandview senior Tyler McGoffin, top, tries to pin Cheyenne Central’s Ethan Mulhern Jan. 19 in a second-round 135-pound match at the Top of the Rockies Invitational at Centaurus High School in Lafayette. McGoffin won the match 16-5 and placed third for the Wolves, who were 14th out of 29 teams.

Wolves exceed goals at brutal Top of the Rockies
Grandview finishes 14th, collects 27 wins; Smoky Hill takes Conifer Invite

By Courtney Oakes
The Aurora Sentinel & Daily Sun

The Top of the Rockies wrestling tournament provided Aurora's top team a top-notch test with just a few short weeks left before regional qualifying.

Grandview was among the 29 teams from four states on hand for the Jan. 19-20 tournament at Centaurus High School in Lafayette. The top-ranked squads in each of Colorado's three largest classifications in 5A No. 1 Ponderosa, 4A No. 1 Alamosa and 3A No. 1 Roosevelt were there, along with top teams from New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The Wolves scored 76 points to finish 14th, with senior Tyler McGoffin leading the way with a third-place finish in the 135-pound division. Junior Patrick Brown took fifth at 125s.

"That is definitely tougher than the state tournament," Grandview coach Greg Maestas said. "We set goals of winning 22 matches and getting 11 pins, and we ended up with 27 wins and 10 pins, so I'm really pleased with that."

McGoffin's 18-3 record earned him a first-round bye, then he handily won his first match before he was stopped in the quarterfinals by Justin Prieto of Monte Vista. Three wins later McGoffin earned a rematch with third place on the line, this time beating Prieto 7-4.

Brown rebounded from a tough 11-10 loss to Palmer's Brian Wilson in the second round to win four of his five consolation matches - including a victory over Centaurus' Dominic Valenzeula, No. 1 in 5A coming into the tournament. He earned an 18-10 major decision over Monte Vista's Adam Garcia for fifth.

Smoky Hill bested Golden by three points to win the Conifer Invitational, the Buffaloes' third tournament victory of the year. Coach Aron Weber - who was without nicked up 119-pound standout Nolan Myers - got championships from 112-pounder Joe Jones and Nick Shamburg at 140 pounds.

Coach Conrad Parra's Aurora Central team has been improving by the meet, and the Trojans took eighth among 15 teams at the Kennedy Invitational Jan. 20.

Daniel Armijo at 135 pounds won his third tournament since Christmas break, adding the Kennedy title to those he earned in competition.