2/23/2008 1:58:00 AM
Wrestling: Four city wrestlers
earn title shots
CLASS 5A STATE
At the Pepsi
Team scores - 1.
Ponderosa 130, 2.
Loveland 93, 3.
Grandview 77, 4.
Northglenn 70, 5.
Centaurus 65, 6.
Rocky Mountain 64.5,
7. Legacy 45.5, 8.
Pomona 41.5, 9.
Coronado 40, 10.
Lakewood 39, 11.
Durango 37, 12.
Grand Junction 36.5,
13. Central (G.J.)
29, 14. ThunderRidge
28, T15. Rampart 23,
T15. Regis 23, 17.
Poudre 22, T18.
Denver East 21, T18.
Sand Creek 21, 20.
Brighton 18.5, 21.
Chaparral 18, 22.
Douglas County 16.5,
23. Standley Lake
16, T24. Heritage
T26. Air Academy 14,
T26. Doherty 14,
T26. Fruita Monument
14, T26. Pine Creek
14, 30. Smoky Hill
13, T31. Boulder 11,
T31. Mitchell 11,
33. Palmer 10.5, 34.
Highlands Ranch 8.5,
35. Dakota Ridge 6,
T36. Adams City 5,
T36. Aurora Central
5, T36. Fairview 5,
T36. Wasson 5, T40.
Arapahoe 4, T40.
Fort Collins 4, T40.
Overland 4, 43.
Arvada West 3, T44.
Bear Creek 2, T44.
Gateway 2, T44.
Horizon 2, 47.
(Rocky Mtn.), 6:43
Nolan Myers (Smoky
(Regis) dec. Chad
Devon Cox (Palmer),
Nolan Myers (Smoky
Hill) dec. Justin
(Regis) dec. Chris
Jacobs (Central (G.J.)),
Grandview's Wilson, Brown,
Gilmore and Regis' Washington keep
championship dreams alive
By Courtney Oakes
The Aurora Sentinel
DENVER | A banner day for Aurora at
the Class 5A state wrestling
tournament on Feb. 22 could lead to
The city has four qualifiers for
state championship matches on Feb.
23, including three from Grandview,
which also had three wrestlers stay
alive in the placing round to jump
into the No. 3 spot in the team
standings behind Ponderosa and
The Wolves' all-time best finish is
seventh and they have a good chance
to better that depending on what
Eric Wilson (112 pounds), Patrick
Brown (135 pounds) and heavyweight
Cody Gilmore do in their
championship matches. Regis freshman
Denzel Washington rounds out
Aurora's finals contingent as he has
a shot at the 152-pound title.
Third-round consolation matches in
5A begin at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 23,
followed immediately by consolation
semifinals. Fifth-place matches kick
off the placing round at 3 p.m.,
with third-place matches following.
The Parade of Champions for all
classes is at 6:30 p.m.
Grandview has at least one state
finalist for the fourth year in a
row. In 2005, Stephen Eberle and Dan
Brascetta both lost in their
championship matches, but Jon
Brascetta and Curtis McNary both won
in 2006. Tyler McGoffin lost in last
season's 135-pound final.
"These guys know it can be done,
they've seen that it's not just guys
at other schools, but guys in our
school and community who can get it
done," Grandview coach Greg Maestas
said. "They worked out with those
guys when they were in the room, and
now it's their turn. Hopefully that
will carry over."
Wilson and Brown advanced with
thrilling overtime semifinals, while
Gilmore turned in another short
match that resulted in a pin.
Wilson avenged an 5-1 loss to Rocky
Mountain's Jeremy Schmitt at the
Arvada West Invitational with a win
when it mattered most. He and
Schmitt went to overtime tied 4-4,
but Wilson got the deciding takedown
with under 30 seconds left and
punctuated his victory by pinning
Schmitt with 17 seconds remaining.
"It feels great, there was a lot of
amazing competition out there,"
Wilson said. "He just caught me once
at Arvada West, so I knew there were
some things I had to work on in
practice because I knew I'd probably
be seeing him down here.
"I could tell he was tired and I was
still in really good shape, so I
knew I could get the takedown."
Wilson will meet Northglenn's Phil
Grout in the championship match. He
hasn't wrestled at the varsity level
against Grout, who improved to 44-1
with a pin of Heritage's Gabe
Brown's previous two wins already
assured him of placing for the first
time in three trips to state, but he
didn't stop with that. He tangled
with talented Ponderosa freshman
Austin Gabel and the two waged a
battle for three periods, tying 1-1
as Brown scored on a stall call and
Gabel on an escape.
The two were scoreless in overtime
and neither could earn an escape
point in two 30-second double
overtime periods, but Brown rode
Gabel out in the triple overtime
period to win it.
"That's so sweet; I've never placed
before, so that was a big win for
me," Brown said. "That was the
closest match I've ever been in, but
my conditioning made the difference.
Coach works us pretty hard, so that
helped pull me through."
Brown's championship path is blocked
by Pomona's Nick Jones, won beat
Chaparral's Jackson Julian by major
decision in the other semifinal.
Jones is 38-2 and has been ranked
No. 1 all season.
Gilmore didn't place at state last
season, but he's a major threat to
win a state title this year after
pinning all three of his opponents.
He needed just 1:14 to down
Loveland's Lane Stuht in the
semifinals, moving him into the
championship match opposite Sand
Creek's Ray Hatchett. Hatchett
earned a 4-1 upset win over
Ponderosa's Taylor Stam, who'd
beaten Gilmore in two of three
meetings on the season. Gilmore beat
Hatchett twice last season.
Washington caused a stir when he
upset Poudre's Zach Bekkedahl in the
first round and he kept creating a
buzz with two more victories to give
himself a shot at the state
championship in his debut season.
A furious 10-9 decision over Central
of Grand Junction's Chris Jacobs -
in which the lead changed three
times in the final 30 seconds - put
Washington into the semis against
Lewis Palmer's Chad Stich, who upset
top-seeded Dietrick Turney of
Brighton in the quarterfinals.
Washington built a 5-0 lead after
period and watched Stich pull within
a point in the second period, but a
paid of takedowns sealed the
Ponderosa's Stephone Kling made it
through the other half of the
bracket with a 10-6 win over Douglas
County's Ryan Swanson.
Smoky Hill senior Nolan Myers lost a
tough 4-3 decision to Ponderosa's
Zeke Hofer in a 125-pound semifinal,
but is assured of placing for the
first time in three trips to state.
He is alive in the consolation
semifinals with a chance to wrestle
for third place.
Seven other Aurora wrestlers can
still place if they win their first
match of the day. Grandview's John
Godin at 103 pounds, Regis' Danny
Bieshaar and Overland's Josh
Christopher at 130 pounds, Aurora
Central's Daniel Armijo at 135
pounds, Grandview's Bryce Lucherini
at 152 pounds, Smoky Hill's Ethan
Myers at 171 pounds and Grandview's
Penn Wade at 215 pounds.