Rocky Mountain News
— Northglenn’s Philip Grout has had a pretty
good month of January so far. And, he can
only hope it gets better from here.
In a battle of state
champions, Grout defeated Grandview’s Eric
Wilson, 11-6, to win the 119-pound title
Saturday at the Arvada West Invitational.
And, along with the victory, he was voted
the MVP by the tournament coaches.
It was the second week in
a row that Grout has been named the
outstanding wrestler in a tournament. He won
honors last week at the Tournament of
Champions in Vernal, Utah.
“I wanted to beat him
because he beat me in overtime at the state
finals last year,” said Grout, who won his
title in 2007. “I wanted to make a
statement. I wanted to take him down and
score some points. It was 0-0 going into the
overtime last year and I just wanted to
score. There were thoughts of revenge.
“I was hoping for the pin,
but you can’t expect them all the time
against a good wrestler like Eric. I thought
I might get outstanding wrestlers as there
were two state champions going against each
other in the final. I felt confident I could
Ponderosa, ranked No. 1 by
On The Mat, came away with the team
The Mustangs, coached by
Cory McNellis, advanced five wrestlers to
the finals, filling the bracket from 140 to
171 pounds. The Mustangs went into the
championship round trailing No. 4 Pomona
158.5-158. Also in the field were Legacy
(No. 6), Rocky Mountain (No. 7) and
Grandview (No. 10).
And, by the time it was
over, Ponderosa had crowned all five of its
finalists as champions. Jake Snider won at
140, Daniel Kelly won at 145, his brother
Steven won at 152, Austin Gabel took the
title at 160 and Stephone Kling was
victorious at 171.
“I was going for the pin
and to get the game points to get ahead of
them,” said Snider, who improved to 20-0
after he pinned Arvada West’s Jacob Gerace.
“It felt pretty good and I’m feeling good
about our team and the chance to go for
another state championship.”
And, it appears to be a
good stepping stone for Ponderosa.
“I thought it was a solid
performance by all our guys,” McNellis said.
“We have the five studs who always seem to
come through in the tournaments. I think a
lot of our guys who were not doing as well
at the beginning of the season are starting
to pick it up, peaking for state and I think
we are slowly but surely getting there.
“I always expect those
five to do as well as they did. But I expect
all 14 guys to compete and I’m pleased with
all the kids today.”
The day began with 73
individuals ranked among the top 15 by On
The Mat, a number than included nine No. 1s
in the 14 weight classes, four No. 2s and
four No. 3s. And all those holding top
billing were able to advance to the finals
as were a trio of those ranked No. 2 and No.
To make it all the more
interesting to the fans was the not having
the championship round run in match order.
For example, the finals began at 125 pounds,
but that match was followed by 215, then
171. It concluded with the 112-pound match.
There were no head-to-head
matches between Ponderosa and Pomona in the
finals. But the Panthers got a good start
when Pomona’s Donny Haupt defeated Rocky
Mountain’s Greg Smith 7-3 in their 215-pound
“I knew he was going to be
strong and tough and I just wanted to keep
wrestling hard,” said Haupt, who is ranked
No. 2 and improved to 22-3. “He was a tough
kid, hats off to him. I was hoping for the
fall at the end, when I had him down, but a
win is a win. It’s good to have it right
The final match of the
night was set for 112, considered the
toughest in the tournament, and there was
high anticipation that Rocky Mountain’s
Jeremey Schmitt and Standley Lake’s Andrew
Lujan, ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively,
would meet in the final.
However, Pomona’s Dominic
Madril, who was ranked No. 6, upset Lujan,
4-1, in their semifinal bout, sending Madril
up against Schmitt.
The home folks had hopes,
as well, that Arvada West’s Darian Roberts,
No. 3 at 145, would also reach the finals.
But they were disappointed when Douglas
County’s Robby DePontbraind came away with a
8-6 victory to set up his match with
Ponderosa’s Daniel Kelly.
There were no third-place
matches due to match counts on the day, and
the team points were split by the two
wrestlers who had advanced to the
Andrew Valdez, Northglenn, def. Ryan Adams,
Standley Lake, 4-2.
Schmitt, Rocky Mountain, def. Dominic Madril,
Philip Grout, Northglenn, def. Eric Wilson,
Jesse Carlson, Legacy, def. Nick Ortega,
Gavin Peters, Standley Lake, def. Michael
Miller, Heritage, 17-7.
Tino Laureles, Rocky Mountain, def. Tanner
Hirstine, Cherry Creek, 6-3.
Jeff Snider, Ponderosa, pinned Jacob Gerace,
Arvada West, 3:44.
Daniel Kelly, Ponderosa, pinned Robby
DePontbraind, Douglas County, 2:56.
Steven Kelly, Ponderosa, def. Joshua Starr,
Austin Gabel, Ponderosa, def. Daniel Nissen,
Standley Lake, 9-7.
Stephone Kling, Ponderosa, def. Chad Quick,
Casey Norgard, Rocky Mountain, def. Joe
Giron, Pomona, 5-4.
Donny Haupt, Pomona, def. Greg Smith, Rocky
Alex Remmo, Thompson Valley, def. Gage Boyd,
Arvada West Tournament
- January 17, 2009
Team scores: Ponderosa 183,
Pomona 162.5, Rocky Mountain 159.5, Northglenn 128.5, Grandview 103,
Arvada West 91, Douglas County 83.5, Legacy 80.5, Standley Lake 80,
Thompson Valley 76.5, Heritage 68, Cherry Creek 63, Brighton 53, Air
Academy 46, Bear Creek 36, Elizabeth 35.5
Grandview finished fifth place in the sixteen team Arvada West
tournament on Saturday, January 17. Another strong team
performance in the first round where nine of the thirteen wrestlers won
and all had bonus points by winning by fall or major decision.
Bad luck for the Wolves 103 pounder, Sean Burroughs, in the third round.
He was wrestling the eventual champion in a close match when he came
down hard on his hand and broke a bone in his arm. Burroughs
finished one round from third place. John Godin (112), wrestled
five times in the toughest weight class of the tournament and ended one
win away from finishing third. Of particular significance was
Godin's 11-2 win over Ponderosa's Sam Jones to avenge a 2-0 loss in
Reno. The two will likely meet up again at the Regional
tournament. Michael Balagna (125) lost a close match in the final
thirty seconds of the semi-finals and again in the consolation round to
finish one away from third. Enis Ozekin, 189 pounds, was the other
Wolves wrestler to compete in five matches. Ozekin also finished
one win away from third place.
Penn Wade (215) and Jake Chatham (285) finished third. Wade lost
by fall to Pomona's second ranked Donny Haupt at the Grandview duals but
only trailed Haupt 2-1 in the closing seconds of the second period in
the semi's when Haupt put up 2 more points and held on to win 4-2.
This is another probable matchup at the Regional tournament. Jake
Chatham went to overtime with Pomona's Gage Boyd in the semi's and came
up just short.
Eric Wilson (119) and Josh Starr (152) advanced to the championship
match but came up short. Wilson lost to Northglenn's Philip Grout,
11-6, in a rematch of last years 112 pound state title match where
Wilson beat Grout 2-0 in overtime. Starr lost to Ponderosa's
Steven Kelly, 9-0. Kelly is ranked number one in 5A.
103 - Sean Burroughs
vs Austin Tate, Arvada West (WBF1)
vs Colton Hankins, Rocky Mountain (WBF2)
vs Andrew Valdez, Northglenn (LBF2)
112 - John Godin
vs Mark Dubberly, Legacy (LD 3-9)
vs Drake Solomon, Heritage (WBF2)
vs Josh Hamacher, Douglas County (WMD
vs Sam Jones, Ponderosa (WMD 11-2)
vs Rian Fry,
Brighton (LTF 17-2)
vs Orlando Laureles, Thompson Valley (WBF2)
vs Josh Capps, Arvada West (WD 7-2)
Clay Garza, Elizabeth (WMD
vs Philip Grout, Northglenn (LD 6-11)
125 - Michael Balagna
vs Foryst Hudson, Pomona (WMD 11-0)
vs Josh Bunn, Brighton (WD 9-6)
vs Nick Ortega, Northglenn (LD 5-8)
vs Matt Hutton, Arvada West (LD 0-4)
vs Gavin Peters, Standley Lake (LBF2)
vs Dominic Ferris, Northglenn (LMD 2-13)
135 - Joe Tripp
vs Tanner Hirstine, Cherry Creek (LBF2)
vs Cody Southard, Legacy (LD 7-10)
140 - Jakob Fisher
vs Cory Rau, Elizabeth (LBF2)
vs Emilio Henry, Pomona (L)
145 - Derek Olson
vs Ryan Gibbs, Cherry Creek (WBF1)
vs Daniel Kelly, Ponderosa (LBF1)
vs Louie Pacheco, Brighton (LBF2)
- 2nd Place
vs Taylor Wilson, Elizabeth (WBF2)
vs Riley Kleeman, Cherry Creek (WBF2)
vs Nick Ramos, Heritage (WD 3-1)
vs Steven Kelly, Ponderosa (LD 0-9)
160 - Matt Jones
vs Clark Saltz, Cherry Creek (WBF2)
vs Jimmy Beard, Pomona (LBF2)
vs Nick Phillips, Air Academy (LBF2)
171 - Forfeit
vs Vince Delmonico, Bear Creek (WBF2)
vs Derek Good, Ponderosa (LMD 2-10)
vs Sebastian Romero, Brighton (WBF3)
vs Matt Knight, Arvada West (WBF1)
vs Mike Dellatto, Thompson Valley (LD 8-14)
215 - Penn Wade
- 3rd Place
vs Brandon Cortez, Legacy (WMD 13-3)
vs Zach Beach, Douglas County (WBF2)
vs Donny Haupt, Pomona (LD 2-4)
vs Logan Steppan, Heritage (WD 5-0)
275 - Jake Chatham - 3rd Place
vs Frank Woodward, Arvada West (WBF1)
vs Gage Boyd, Pomona (LBF OT)
vs Ben Jackson, Brighton (WD 3-2)