73rd Annual CHSAA
State Wrestling Championships
at the Pepsi Center
Thursday/Friday/Saturday, February 21, 22 & 23, 2008
Wolves Finish Third
- 1. Ponderosa 160, 2. Loveland 128,
3. Grandview 89,
4. Rocky Mountain 82.5, 5. Centaurus 80, 6. Legacy 78.5, 7. Northglenn
70, 8. Pomona 59.5, 9. Coronado 54, 10. Lakewood 48, 11. Grand Junction
40.5, 12. Durango 39, 13. Denver East 38, 14. Central (G.J.) 27, 16.
Rampart 36, 17. ThunderRidge 34, 18. Chaparral 33, 19. Douglas County
32.5, 20. Standley Lake 29, T21. Air Academy 27, T21. Poudre 27, T21.
Regis 27, 24. Heritage 24, T25. Boulder 22, T25. Doherty 22, 27. Sand
Creek 21, T28. Fruita Monument 20, T28. Lewis-Palmer 20, T30. Mitchell
18, T30. Pine Creek 18, T30. Smoky Hill 18, 33. Palmer 16.5, 34.
Highlands Ranch 15.5, 35. Aurora Central 14, 36. Dakota Ridge 12, 37.
Arvada West 11, 38. Overland 10, 39. Adams City 9, T40. Fairview 5, T40.
Wasson 5, T42. Arapahoe 4, T42. Fort Collins 4, T44. Bear Creek 2, T44.
Gateway 2, T44. Horizon 2, 47. Rangeview 1
State Brackets Are Posted
(February 17, 2008)
State brackets have been posted
on the CHSAA website.
The 4A/5A preliminary round is scheduled to
begin on Thursday at 7:15 PM.
Aurora Sentinel-Title Shots
Rocky Mtn News-Semi's
Aurora Sentinel-Two Wolves
(February 22, 2008)
The 73rd Colorado High School
Activities Association State wrestling tournament got underway at 7:15 PM
on Thursday night, February 21, for class 5A and Grandview won half of
their matches in the opening round.
The First Day
John Godin met Junior Romero from Denver East for the third time this
season and Godin continues to close the gap. Godin lost by fall to
Romero at the Grandview duals and by a 5-12 score at the Moffat County
duals. Godin was so close to turning Romero late in the third period
which would have put him ahead and possibly changed the outcome. Eric
Wilson won by decision at 112's. Patrick Brown gave up a takedown in the
opening seconds of his match and then promptly reversed and pinned his
opponent in 1:10. Bryce Lucherini would not be denied in his match
against Region 3's champion, Derek Stearns from Northglenn. The match
was either tied or a one point difference until the very end. Lucherini
gave up 4 points in penalties, had his nose plugged to stop the bleeding
but, through pure strength and determination, he prevailed, 10-7. Cody
McCutcheon had a tough go with Region 2's champion and lost by fall in
the first. Perhaps the most bizarre story involves the Wolves 189 pounder,
Jacob Bomareto. Bomareto tore ligaments in his ankle in a gym class
incident on Wednesday, was rushed to the emergency room where he was
given ibuprofen which he is allergic to, spent another six hours in the
ER while the doctors reversed the allergic reaction. He weighed-in on
Thursday while using crutches to walk with and was doubtful to compete.
But, the desire to compete was too much for Bomareto to hold back and
much like Patrick Brown at the 2007 State Tournament, Bomareto took the
mat with an obvious physical limitation and wrestled well even though he
lost the match 3-5. Penn Wade had a tough first round draw in Grand
Junction's returning state champion, Robert Tucker. Wade gave up too
many points early in the match and could not make them up while Tucker
stalled through the second and third periods. 285 pounder Cody Gilmore
pinned Pine Creek's Cole Fritz in 24 seconds.
The Second Day
Day two was a big day for the Wolves. They picked up five wins on
the consolation side and valuable points when Penn Wade won twice by
fall and John Godin won a match by fall. Eric Wilson and Patrick Brown
won by decision on the championship side of their brackets and advanced
to the semi-final match where they met up with tough opponents. Wilson
met Rocky Mountain's returning 103 pound state champ, Jeremy Schmitt,
and won by fall in the first period of overtime. Brown used all four
periods in overtime to defeat Ponderosa's freshman standout, Austin
Gabel, by one point. Grandview's conditioning was an obvious advantage
in both overtime contests. Cody Gilmore added more valuable points with
two wins by fall and the Wolves ended the day in third place with 73
The Third Day
John Godin and Penn Wade came up one round short of placing in the
top six when they lost their first round on Saturday. Bryce Lucherini
won his first round match and then lost two to finish in the sixth place
For the first time in school history, the Wolves had three wrestlers
walk in the "parade of champions" and compete for the championship. Eric
Wilson was up first against Northglenn's returning state champion,
Philip Grout. Grout came into the match with a 44-1 record. The match
was scoreless at the end of the third period and once again, Wilson won
in overtime. Patrick Brown was paired up against Pomona's returning
state champ, Nick Jones, who finished third at Reno and came into the
championship match with a record of 38-2. Jones won his second state
title by major decision over Brown. Cody Gilmore was the Wolves third
finalist in the 285 pound weight class. Most people, including "On The
Mat" analyst Tim Yount, expected to see Ponderosa's Taylor Stam wrestle
Gilmore for the championship but, Stam lost to Sand Creek's Ray Hatchett
in the quarter finals. Gilmore defeated Hatchett 4-1.
Grandview ended the tournament in third place with 89 points. This was
the teams best finish.