2/16/2008 11:56:00 PM   
At Fort Collins High School

Team scores
- 1. Legacy 223.5; 2. Pine Creek 171.5; 3. Rocky Mountain 171, 4. Brighton 156; 5. ThunderRidge 153; 6. Standley Lake 133; 7. Regis 118.5; 8. Smoky Hill 88; 9. Fort Collins 81; 10. Mountain Vista 73; 11. Bear Creek 59; 12. Gateway 56; 13. Arvada 40; 14. Thornton 25; 15. George Washington 0

Championship matches

103 pounds
- Jeremy Robledo (Brighton) maj. dec. Jeremy Luna (Rocky Mtn.), 12-2

112 pounds - Jeremy Schmitt (Rocky Mtn.) dec. Andrew Lujan (Standley Lake), 3-1

119 pounds - Chris Wessel (Legacy) pinned Harry Collier (Arvada), 0:07

125 pounds - Gavin Peters (Standley Lake) pinned Tyler Nelson (ThunderRidge), 6:47 (OT)

130 pounds - Tito Laureles (Rocky Mountain) dec. Danny Bieshaar (Regis), 11-5

135 pounds - Luke Case (Brighton) dec. Zach Atencio (Regis), 5-3

140 pounds - Powell Slinkard (Regis) pinned Matt Conahan (Mountain Vista), 4:51

145 pounds - Greg Padilla (Chaparral) pinned Justin Freeman (Gateway), 2:19

152 pounds - Dietrick Turney (Brighton) dec. Daniel Nissen (Standley Lake), 5-1

160 pounds - Danny Mitchell (Legacy) pinned Justin Marts (Bear Creek), 3:36

171 pounds - Casey Norgard (Rocky Mtn.) dec. Chad Quick (Legacy), 6-0

189 pounds - James Breidel (ThunderRidge) pinned Justin Speed (Fort Collins), 4:40

215 pounds - Ryan Lockwood (Pine Creek) dec. Shawn Jenkins (Legacy), 5-4

285 pounds - Ben Jackson (Brighton) pinned Ermias Abebe (Rocky Mtn.), 3:15

Third-place matches

103 pounds
- Mark Dubberly (Legacy) pinned Ryan Adams (Standley Lake), 3:23

112 pounds - Mike Sikorski (Pine Creek) maj. dec. Rian Fry (Brighton), 10-1

119 pounds - Matt Ramirez (Mountain Vista) dec. Joe Solano (Standley Lake), 7-5

125 pounds - Nolan Myers (Smoky Hill) dec. Adam Dunne (Legacy), 6-3

130 pounds - Joe Jones (Smoky Hill) dec. LaDaris Mungin (Gateway), 8-2

135 pounds - Alex Rivas (ThunderRidge) dec. Garrett Brown (Pine Creek), 5-1

140 pounds - Vince Gallegos (Legacy) dec. Alan Pavia (Standley Lake), 4-2 (OT)

145 pounds - Ashton Renshaw (Legacy) pinned Troy Dunlap (Standley Lake), 2:01

152 pounds - Garrett Stowall (ThunderRidge) dec. Denzel Washington (Regis), 9-4

160 pounds - Marshall Brandt (Pine Creek) dec. Derek Munsey (ThunderRidge), 3-2

171 pounds - Logan Brandt (Pine Creek) dec. Ethan Myers (Smoky Hill), 7-3

189 pounds - Nick Dubberly (Legacy) pinned Connor Stevens (Pine Creek), 4:52

215 pounds - Chris Borrego (Rocky Mtn.) dec. Tyler Ames (ThunderRidge), 4-0

285 pounds - Brandon Cortez (Legacy) dec. Edwardo Lopez (Gateway), 0:43

Fifth-place matches

103 pounds
- Justin O'Hara (Pine Creek) won by forfeit over Adam Barela (Fort Collins)

112 pounds - Bryan Monahan (ThunderRidge) dec. Mitch Todd (Fort Collins), 6-4

119 pounds - Bryant Transtrum (Pine Creek) dec. Terry Lambert (ThunderRidge), 3-0

125 pounds - Andrew Onorato (Regis) won by forfeit over Jesse Werth (Fort Collins)

130 pounds - Ben Molina (Pine Creek) maj. dec. Josh Velasquez (Bear Creek), 16-2

135 pounds - Nathan Macklberg (Bear Creek) dec. Mason Johnson (Fort Collins), 11-7

140 pounds - Jacob Flores (Arvada) dec. Ben Dennis (Bear Creek), 7-5

145 pounds - Nick Shamburg (Smoky Hill) pinned Kyle Johnson (Thornton), 4:52

152 pounds - Nick Holmes (Fort Collins) dec. Eric O'Hara (Pine Creek), 5-1

160 pounds - Brian Rubenstrunk (Regis) tech. fall over Anthony Umana (Mountain Vista), 17-1

171 pounds - Cody Barday (ThunderRidge) pinned Dalton Breen-Martin (Mountain Vista), 1:41

189 pounds - Sam Speak (Brighton) maj. dec. Eli Jimmerson (Rocky Mountain), 10-0

215 pounds - Ruben Sanchez (Brighton) dec. David Ramirez (Bear Creek), 9-2

285 pounds - Cole Fritz (Pine Creek) pinned Alex Nitolli (ThunderRidge), 0:43

Aurora wrestlebacks

125 pounds
- Adam Dunne (Legacy) maj. dec. Andrew Onorato (Regis), 10-0

145 pounds - Troy Dunlap (Standley Lake) dec. Nick Shamburg (Smoky Hill), 12-6

160 pounds - Derek Munsey (ThunderRidge) dec. Brian Rubenstrunk (Regis), 3-1

171 pounds - Ethan Myers (Smoky Hill) dec. Cody Barday (ThunderRidge), 5-4

285 pounds - Cole Fritz (Pine Creek) pinned Edwardo Lopez (Gateway), 4:31

Wrestling: Slinkard championship highlight of Region 2
Regis, Smoky Hill, Gateway net nine state qualifiers from Fort Collins

By Courtney Oakes
The Aurora Sentinel

FORT COLLINS | An injury kept Regis junior Powell Slinkard from wrestling at regionals last year.

When Slinkard finally got his chance, he took advantage, winning the 140-pound championship at the Class 5A Region 2 tournament Feb. 16 at Fort Collins High School.

Slinkard pinned Mountain Vista's Matt Conahan in 4 minutes, 51 seconds, to become Aurora's only regional champion among nine wrestlers who qualified for the 5A state meet between the city's three teams on hand, Regis, Gateway and Smoky Hill. Slinkard improved to 33-11 overall.

Senior Danny Bieshaar (130 pounds) and junior Zach Atencio (135 pounds) each lost decisions in championship matches for the Raiders, who finished seventh as a team with 118.5 points. Freshman Denzel Washington rounded out Regis' 5A state tournament contingent, placing fourth at 152 pounds.

Bieshaar came into the tournament ranked No. 2 in 5A at 130 pounds and pinned his first two opponents before meeting Rocky Mountain's Tito Laureles, ranked No. 4, in the title match. Bieshaar (43-4) led 5-3 going into the final period, but Laureles caught him a few times in the third-period blitz that resulted in an 11-5 victory for the Lobos' standout.

Atencio, who got knocked unconscious during regionals last year and couldn't finish the meet, also pinned his first two opponents until he ran into Brighton's Luke Case in the 135-pound final. Atencio (35-9) led 3-2 going to the third period, but gave up one point for locking hands and lost a 5-3 decision when Case scored a reversal with less than a minute left.

Smoky Hill finished eighth with three qualifiers, the school's largest group headed to Pepsi Center in several years, as 125-pound Nolan Myers, 130-pounder Joe Jones and 171-pounder Ethan Myers - all seniors - advanced.

Nolan Myers rebounded from a one-point loss to ThunderRidge's Tyler Nelson in the semifinals with wins over Regis' Andrew Onorato and Legacy's Adam Dunne to earn his third straight trip to state. Jones and Ethan Myers each made it downtown for the first time, with Jones losing a major decision to eventual tournament champion Tito Laureles of Rocky Mountain in the semifinals before coming back with a comfortable 8-2 win over Gateway sophomore LaDaris Mungin in the third-place match and Myers staving off ThunderRidge's Cody Barday 5-4 in a wrestleback.

Gateway junior Justin Freeman and Mungin each punched their first tickets to state, placing second and fourth, respectively.

Freeman made the championship match at 145 pounds - thanks to an epic 7-5 double overtime win in the semifinals over Thornton's Kyle Johnson - but got pinned by Rocky Mountain's Greg Padilla early in the second period. Mungin lost to Bieshaar for the fourth time this season in the semifinals and also lost to Jones in the third-place match, but his wins over Pine Creek's Ben Molina and Bear Creek's Josh Velazquez kept him from facing a wrestleback.

Aurora wrestlers were involved in five wrestlebacks, with Myers posting the lone victory. Onorato and 160-pounder Brian Rubenstrunk, a state qualifier last year, lost in wrestlebacks for Regis, while Smoky Hill 145-pounder Nick Shamburg and Gateway senior heavyweight Edwardo Lopez also fell short.

Aurora's six other 5A teams were scattered around at the other three regionals tournaments, while Cherokee Trail played host to a 4A regional.

At Region 4 at Columbine, Grandview finished second as a team and qualified eight wrestlers for state, including regional champions Eric Wilson (103 pounds), Patrick Brown (135 pounds) and Cody Gilmore (heavyweight).

The 5A state tournament is Feb. 21-23 at the Pepsi Center.