Wrestling: Regis' Washington stars on
CLASS 5A STATE
At the Pepsi Center,
Team scores - 1.
Ponderosa 27, 2. Loveland
20, T3. Centaurus 17, T3.
Centaurus 17, 5. Rocky
Mountain 15.5, 6. Lakewood
13, T7. Coronado 12, T7.
Grand Junction 12, T7.
Grandview 12, T7. Poudre 12,
11. Pomona 10.5, T12. Denver
East 10, T12. Northglenn 10,
T12. Rampart 10, 15.
Brighton 8.5, T16. Air
Academy 8, T16. Lewis-Palmer
8, T18. Central (G.J.) 6,
T18. Douglas County 6, T18.
Durango 6, T18. Fruita
Monument 6, T18. Pine Creek
6, T18. ThunderRidge 6, 24.
Heritage 5, T25. Boulder 4,
T25. Dakota Ridge 4, T25.
Fort Collins 4, T25.
Mitchell 4, T25. Sand Creek
4, T25. Wasson 4, 31. Palmer
3.5, T32. Adams City 3, T32.
Doherty 3, T32. Standley
Lake 3, T35. Arapahoe 2,
T35. Arvada West 2, T35.
Aurora Central 2, T35.
Chaparral 2, T35. Gateway 2,
T35. Highlands Ranch 2, T35.
Horizon 2, T35. Regis 2,
T35. Smoky Hill 2
Mark Dubberly (Legacy)
pinned William Montrey
(Aurora Central), 2:29
Junior Romero (Denver East)
dec. John Godin (Grandview),
Eric Wilson (Grandview) dec.
Rian Fry (Brighton), 7-2
Nolan Myers (Smoky Hill) dec.
Gabriel Metzler (Mitchell),
Tito Laureles (Rocky
Mountain) pinned Josh
Christopher (Overland), 5:50
Steven Kelly (Ponderosa)
tech fall over LaDaris
Mungin (Gateway), 17-1
Nick Wells (Doherty) maj.
dec. Joe Jones (Smoky Hill),
Nick Burghardt (Coronado)
dec. Danny Bieshaar (Regis),
Patrick Brown (Grandview)
pinned Ty Mackey (Rangeview),
Daniel Armijo (Aurora
Central) dec. Zach Atencio
Matt Bethka (Grand Junction)
dec. Powell Slinkard
Justin Freeman (Gateway) dec.
Alex Escalante (Central (G.J.)),
Bryce Lucherini (Grandview)
dec. Derek Stearns
Denzel Washington (Regis)
dec. Zach Bekkedahl (Poudre),
Danny Mitchell (Legacy)
pinned Cody McCutcheon
Adam Katz (Boulder) pinned
Ethan Myers (Smoky Hill),
Joe Giron (Pomona) dec.
Jacob Bomareto (Grandview),
Robert Tucker (Grand
Junction) dec. Penn Wade
Cody Gilmore (Grandview)
pinned Cole Fritz (Pine
Freshman's upset of Poudre standout
highlights city wrestlers in state first
By Courtney Oakes
The Aurora Sentinel
DENVER | Denzel Washington turned in an
Oscar-worthy performance Feb. 21.
He chose not to deliver an acceptance
Washington, a Regis freshman, made the
biggest splash among the 22 Aurora wrestlers
in the first round of the Class 5A and 4A
state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi
Center, pulling off a 152-pound upset of
Poudre's Zack Bekkedahl. Washington (33-7)
rallied from an early 4-0 deficit, built a
9-5 lead and held on for the last 45 seconds
to deal Bekkedahl - picked to place fifth by
On The Mat - just his third loss in 28
Citing superstition, Washington declined to
talk about the match until after the
tournament ends on Saturday. Wrestling
continues Friday with 4A and 5A
quarterfinals at 1 p.m. and consolations
following. Semifinals are slated for 7:15
p.m. Placing matches begin at 3 p.m.
Saturday and conclude with the championship
matches in all classes at 6:30 p.m.
Washington's Regis teammates didn't fare as
well, however, as 130-pound No. 2 Danny
Bieshaar was upset by Coronado freshman Nick
Burghardt, Zach Atencio lost to Aurora
Central's Daniel Armijo 14-7 in a 135-pound
first-round match and 140-pounder Powell
Slinkard was on the short end of a 5-2
decision to Grand Junction's Matt Bethka.
Aurora wrestlers went a combined 9-13 in the
Plenty of other Aurora performances were
noteworthy, including Gateway junior Justin
Freeman picking up a 3-2 win over Central of
Grand Junction's Alex Escalante in his state
debut and Cherokee Trail senior Daniel
Jordan winning a 4-2 overtime decision in a
4A 152-pound match to become the first
wrestler in school history to make the
Grandview junior Eric Wilson (35-5) rolled
on at 112 pounds as expected with a 7-2
decision and teammate Cody Gilmore needed
just 24 seconds to record a pin and advance
in the heavyweight division. Wilson beat
Brighton's Rian Fry and stayed on pace for a
semifinal match with top-ranked Jeremy
Schmitt of Rocky Mountain.
Patrick Brown and Bryce Lucherini also
recorded wins for Grandview, which had four
wins in eight first-round matches. Brown
pinned Rangeview's lone qualifier, Ty
Mackey, in 1 minute, 10 seconds, while
Lucherini decisioned Northglenn's Derek
Smoky Hill senior Nolan Myers also advanced
with a 2-0 victory over Mitchell's Gabriel
Metzler to improve to 41-5.