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Team scores - Ponderosa 220, Legacy 139, Thompson Valley 138, Air Academy 109, Brighton 105, Grandview 102, Rocky Mountain 98, Pomona 85.5, Heritage 83, Standley Lake 60, Elizabeth 57.5, Arvada West 45.5, Adams City 41, Cherry Creek 35, Bear Creek 27.5, Thornton 18.5.

Championship matches

103 pounds
- Jeremy Robledo (Brighton) dec. Jeremy Luna (Rocky Mountain), 12-0

112 pounds - Jeremy Schmitt (Rocky Mountain) dec. Eric Wilson, Grandview, 5-1

119 pounds - Chris Wessel (Legacy) dec. Paul Montoya (Brighton), 4-3

125 pounds - Zeke Hofer (Ponderosa) dec. Gavin Peters (Standley Lake), 6-5

130 pounds - Steven Kelly (Ponderosa) dec. Cody Goldschmidt (Elizabeth), 8-4

135 pounds - Nick Jones (Pomona) dec. Austin Gabel (Ponderosa), 8-1

140 pounds - Jake Snider (Ponderosa) dec. Oliver Yaney (Air Academy), 7-4

145 pounds - Daniel Kelly (Ponderosa) dec. Ashton Renshaw (Legacy), 13-10

152 pounds - Dietrick Turney (Brighton) pinned Stephone Kling (Ponderosa), 0:49

160 pounds - Johnny Ortega (Thompson Valley) pinned Danny Mitchell (Legacy), 3:56

171 pounds - Casey Norgard (Rocky Mountain) dec. Kyle Sweeney (Arvada West), 15-0

189 pounds - Zach Batey (Air Academy) pinned Mike Dellatto (Thompson Valley), 5:35

215 pounds - Jake Ottmann (Ponderosa) pinned Ali Kayeni (Heritage), 4:24

285 pounds - Taylor Stam (Ponderosa) pinned Cody Gilmore (Grandview), 2:31

Third-place (wrestlers considered tied)

103 pounds - John Godin (Grandview); Tanner Taylor (Thompson Valley)

119 pounds - Michael Balagna (Grandview); Jimmy Zahtila (Thompson Valley)

140 pounds - Joshua Starr (Grandview); Mike DeBaca (Legacy)

Wrestling: Grandview takes sixth at Arvada West
Wilson, Gilmore place second in stacked tournament

By Courtney Oakes
The Aurora Sentinel

ARVADA | With just a month left before the Class 5A state wrestling tournament, Grandview is rounding into form.

Behind finalists Eric Wilson and Cody Gilmore, the Wolves finished sixth among 16 teams on Jan. 12 at the loaded Arvada West Invitational, which featured 60 wrestlers ranked in either 5A or 4A.

Wilson and Gilmore both lost to top-ranked foes at 112 pounds and 275 pounds, respectively, but Grandview scored 102 points to finish just seven points behind fourth-place Air Academy (109) and three behind No. 5 Brighton (105). The top three - 5A powerhouse Ponderosa, Legacy and 4A elite Thompson Valley.

No third-place matches were wrestled, but sophomore John Godin (103), junior Michael Balagna (119) and junior Josh Starr (140) made it that far for the Wolves.

The heavyweight championship clash of Gilmore and Ponderosa's Taylor Stamm was one of several meetings between the top two wrestlers in the state at each position - a potential preview of the final at the Pepsi Center.

Gilmore came in ranked second with a 17-2 record and worked his way through Pomona's Kyle Taeffe and Thompson Valley's Alex Remmo to reach the final. Stamm got a bye in the first round and won by injury forfeit in the second round, so he wrestled just once - pinning Adams City's LeRoy Vigil in the semifinals - before the championship match. In the last match of the day, Stamm pinned Gilmore in 2 minutes, 31 seconds.

The 112-pound semifinals included four of the top five-ranked wrestlers in the state, including No. 3 Wilson, who earned his way to the championship match with a 9-3 victory over fourth-ranked Aaron Ortiz in the semis after defeating Clayton Garza of Elizabeth and Cherry Creek's Brad Cohn in the first two rounds. Rocky Mountain's Jeremy Schmitt came into the tournament at No. 2 and handled Wilson 5-1 in the championship match, dropping the Grandview junior to 15-3 on the year.

Balagna made the 119-pound semifinals before he was pinned by eventual champion Chris Wessel of Legacy, but he rallied to beat Heritage's Kyle Hurt to make the third-place match. Starr faced Ponderosa standout Jake Snider in the 140-pound semis and was pinned in the second round.

Junior Jacob Bomareto was another semifinalist for the Wolves, but he was pinned in the first period of the 189-pound semifinals by Thompson Valley's Mike Dellato and lost to Ponderosa's Zach Pella in the consolation semis.


Arvada West Tournament - January 12, 2008

Ponderosa 220, Legacy 139, Thompson Valley 138, Air Academy 109, Brighton 105, Grandview 102, Rocky Mountain 98, Pomona 85.5, Heritage 83, Standley Lake 60, Elizabeth 57.5, Arvada West 45.5, Adams City 41, Cherry Creek 35, Bear Creek 27.5, Thornton 18.5.


103 - John Godin - 3rd Place
vs Jeremy Robledo, Brighton (LTF 0-15)
vs Garrett Solomon, Heritage (WBF2)
vs Tyler Hergert, Pomona (WBF2)
vs Manuel Sanchez, Adams City (WBF2)

112 - Eric Wilson - 2nd Place
vs Clay Garza, Elizabeth (WMD 8-0)
vs Brad Cohn, Cherry Creek (WD 7-1)
vs Aaron Ortiz, Adams City (WD 9-3)
vs Jeremy Schmitz, Rocky Mountain (LD 1-5)

119 - Michael Balagna - 3rd Place
vs Joe Solano, Standley Lake (WBF3)
vs Chris Wessel, Legacy (LBF2)
vs Kyle Hurt, Cherry Creek (WD)

125 - Joe Tripp
vs Mike Miller, Heritage (LFB2)
vs Josh Velasquez, Bear Creek (LD 5-6)

130 - Bryce Barrick
vs Brunner Hill, Air Academy (LBF2)
vs Nick Lopez, Arvada West (LBF2)

135 - Patrick Brown
vs Nick Jones, Pomona (LMD 8-19)
vs Kellen Miller, Air Academy (WBF2)
vs Vince Gallegos, Legacy (WD 10-7)
vs Rylan Neilsen, Elizabeth (WTF 17-1)
vs Billy Holifield, Heritage (LD 6-9)

140 - Josh Starr - 3rd Place
vs Alan Pavia, Standley Lake (WBF2)
vs Brandon Brashers, Thompson Valley (WBF2)
vs Jacob Snider, Ponderosa (LBF3)
vs Jacob Deaguero, Adams City (WMD 10-0)

145 - Matt Fedderson
vs Ashton Renshaw, Legacy (LBF1)
Aaron Dewitt, Pomona (LBF2)

152 - Bryce Lucherini
vs Dietrick Turney, Brighton (LD 2-8)
vs Nick Philips, Arvada West (WD 4-2)
vs Daniel Nissen, Standley Lake (LD 5-10)

160 - Forfeit

171 - Enes Ozekin
vs Colter Flenthrop, Ponderosa (WBF2)
vs Zach Sundgren, Air Academy (LD 6-9)
vs Kyle Stroud, Pomona (LTF 2-19)

189 - Jacob Bomareto
vs Vince Delmonico, Bear Creek (WBF1)
vs Chris Haddad, Cherry Creek (WBF1)
vs Mike Dellatto, Thompson Valley (LBF1)
vs Zach Pella, Ponderosa (LD 7-9 OT)

215 - Penn Wade
vs Emanuel Brito, Adams City (WMD 9-0)
vs Shawn Jenkins, Legacy (LD 1-6)
vs Jared Reimer (WBF1)
vs Chris Borrego, Rocky Mountain (WD 6-1)
vs Caleb Egly, Air Academy (LBF2)

275 - Cody Gilmore - 2nd Place
vs Kyle Taaffe, Pomona (WD 3-1)
vs Alex Remmo, Thompson Valley (WBF1)
vs Taylor Stam, Ponderosa (LBF2)