CENTENNIAL For about five minutes Saturday afternoon, Corey McNellis found himself cheering for Highlands Ranch. Considering McNellis is in charge of Ponderosa and its wrestling dynasty, it was a precarious situation.

But with the Mustangs on the verge of losing their six-year stranglehold on the Class 5A Region 1 title, McNellis had to hope Highlands Ranch heavyweight Michael Purcell would beat Pomona's Gage Boyd.

"You never like to depend on other teams to do your work for you," the first-year head coach said.

While it wasn't the preferred route, Purcell's pin of Boyd in 3:03 extended an epic run of dominance for the Mustangs and allowed them to hold on for a 215-213 victory over runner-up Pomona.

Pomona coach Pat DeCamillis could only shake his head at his team's close call.

"It may have come down to the heavyweight match as far as the team scores go, but we lost the tournament somewhere else," he said. "It wasn't Gage Boyd."

Another match that left Pomona wondering was the 135-pound title bout between the Panthers' Darrick Chavez and Overland's Josh Christopher, who stormed back from a 5-0 deficit to win 11-9 in overtime.

Pomona did have two champions, Dominic Madril (112 pounds) and Donny Haupt (215), among its eight state qualifiers. Ponderosa had five winners, so the Mustangs will prepare for a possible seventh straight state crown on a high note.

Jake Snider (140), Daniel Kelly (145), Steven Kelly (152), Stephone Kling (171) and Derek Good (189) all stood at the top of the award stand for the Mustangs.

Snider, a two-time defending state champion, trailed late in his 3-1 win over Green Mountain's Mikie Burgess, but never lost faith.

"I just had to keep my head in the match," the junior said. "It really didn't bother me that (Burgess) was ahead going into the third (period)."

Snider, Daniel Kelly and Grandview's Eric Wilson (119) stayed on pace to defend individual state titles. Other region champions were Columbine's Cody Weitzel (103), Green Mountain's Cort Siegele (125), Standley Lake's Gavin Peters (130) and Arapahoe's Jake Wilson (160).

CLASS 5A

REGION 1

Team scores Ponderosa 215, Pomona 213, Grandview 149, Arapahoe 131, Eaglecrest 116 1/2, Standley Lake 107 1/2, Fountain-Fort Carson 95 1/2, Columbine 94, Doherty 90, Sand Creek 89 1/2, Green Mountain 80, Fairview 70 1/2, Highlands Ranch 66, East 60, Monarch 52, Overland 30.

Championship matches

103 pounds Weltzel, C, tech. fall Hergert, Pom., 18-3; 112 Madril, Pom., dec. Lujan, SL, 4-2; 119 Wilson, Gra., dec. Jones, Pon., 11-5; 125 Siegele, GM, dec. Balagana, Gra., 5-2; 130 Peters, SL, pinned Moore, Eag., 5:14; 135 Christopher, O, dec. Chavez, Pom., 11-9; 140 Snider, Pon., dec. Burgess, GM, 3-1; 145 D. Kelly, Pon., tech. fall Gomez, Pom., 16-1; 152 S. Kelly, Pon., dec. Baldini, GM, 22-12; 160 Wilson, A, def. Gabel, Pon., inj. default; 171 Kling, Pon., dec. Takaki, SC, 10-0; 189 Good, Pon., dec. Giron, Pom., 6-0; 215 Haupt, Pom., dec. Todd, C, 9-5; Hwt. Purcell, HR, pinned Boyd, Pom., 3:03.

Third-place matches

103 pounds Adams, SL, dec. Chavez, Fa., 7-3; 112 Ritz, Eag., dec. Hildreth, SC, 4-0; 119 Ferrera, M, pinned Tran, Fa., 4:36; 125 Hinojosa, Pon., dec. McGehan, Fa., 7-6; 130 Christopher, East, dec. Jaquess, SC, 8-7; 135 Cowan, M, dec. Gaither, C, 4-3; 140 Harris, East, def. Gallegos, SC, inj. default; 145 Fell, Eag., pinned Fite, FFC, 2:10; 152 Lohndorf, Fa., pinned Starr, Gra., 5:54; 160 Nissen, SL, pinned Johnson, Eag., 2:06; 171 Martinez, Pom., dec. Johnson, A, 9-2; 189 Harpster, A, dec. Hartman, D, 9-6; 215 Wade, Gra., dec. Schoenberger, 5-1; Hwt. Ellis, FFC, pinned Jimenez, D, 2:09.

Wrestlebacks

112 pounds Godin, Gra., dec. Hildreth, SC, 2-1; 135 Gaither, C, dec. Brown, East, 8-1; 140 Stubblefield, D, def. Gallegos, inj. default; 145 Fite, FFC, dec. Cayou, HR, 13-2; 189 Ozekin, Gra., pinned Hartman, D, 4:44; 215 Schoenberger, FFC, pinned Ellert, A, 3:37; Hwt. Jiminez, D, pinned Campton, C, 5:50.

REGION 2

Team scores Pine Creek 233, Loveland 220 1/2, Mountain Range 213, Coronado 167 1/2, Heritage 132, Fort Collins 129 1/2, Mountain Vista 108, Adams City 83, Boulder 70 1/2 , Aurora Central 68 1/2, Arvada West 60, Smoky Hill 53 1/2, Palmer 35, Horizon 10, Montbello 4.

Championship matches

103 J. Martinez, PC, def. William Montrey, AC, 15-0; 112 Sikorski, PC def. Mitz, MR, 9-4; 119 Vasquez, Love. def. Ibanez, ACen, 17-7; 125 McElhany, Coro. def. George, PC, 14-1; 130 Miller, Her., def. E. Martinez, PC, injury default; 135 Kreimier, Love., def. G. Martinez, PC, 9-5; 140 Burak, Coro., def. Brumley, MR, 17-3; 145 Burghardt, Coro. def. Jefferies, Love., 5-0; 152 Deaguero, ACity def. Garza, MR, 5-3 OT; 160 Dunkelberger, MR, def. Miller, SH, 6-4; 171 McMahon, MR def. Huber, FTC, 8-7; 189 Wessell, Bou. pinned Stevens, PC, 3:04; 215 Medbery, Love., def. Lockwood, PC, 17-1; Hwt. Stuht, Love. pinned Spaulding, FTC, 2:15.

Third-place matches

103 Leingang, Love. def. Gavaldon, FTC, 4-1 OT; 112 Henrickson, Love. pinned Nguyen, ACen., 2:29; 119 Hays, Coro. def. Tanstrum, PC, 4-2; 125 Ortiz, ACity def. Apodaca, MR, 18-3; 130 Hutton, AW def. Benitez, FTC, 10-3; 135 Werth, FTC def. Holley, Her., 4-2; 140 Molina, PC pinned Conahan, MV, 2:01; 145 Roberts, AW def. Maes, ACity, 10-4; 152 Olson, Coro. def. Meyer, SH, 8-2; 160 Pellow, Pal. def. Breen-Martin, MV, 1-0; 171 Brandt, PC pinned Durrant, Her., 3:56; 189 Annis, MR, pinned Smith, MV, 1:36; 215 Ehrlich, Coro. pinned Steppan, Her., 1:18; Hwt. Erle, Her., pinned Gutierrez, MV, 4:26.

Wrestlebacks

103 Gavaldon, FTC pinned Solomon, Her., 2:54; 119 Snyder, MR def. Tanstrum, PC, 2-0; 125 Johnson, Love. pinned Apodaca, MR, 4:50; 160 Breen-Martin, MV def. Turley-Rule, Bou., 7-4; 171 Durrant, Her. pinned Hinkle, Pal., 2:02.

REGION 3

Team scores Chaparral 215 1/2, Legacy 185, Lakewood 149, Fruita Monument 128 1/2, Westminster 111, Brighton 111, Air Academy 100, Durango 99 1/2, Regis 97 1/2, Gateway 93, ThunderRidge 77, Chatfield 52, Abraham Lincoln 45, Thornton 38, Dakota Ridge 27, Hinkley 13.

Championship matches

103 pounds Boyd, Chap, dec. Velasquez, AL, 12-5; 112 Fry, B, dec. Hamby, Du., 9-3; 119 Penning, Du., def. Rosales, Lak., inj. default; 125 Nelson, Chap., tech. fall Carlson, Leg., 3:17; 130 McDowell, Chap., pinned Wessel, Leg., 1:01; 135 Reed, Chap., dec. Onorato, R, 6-2; 140 Frazer, Lake., dec. Marquez, W, 2-0; 145 Hollister, AA, pinned Willis, G, 1:47; 152 Julian, Chap., dec. Southard, Leg., 7-4; 160 Thurston, Chap., dec. Johnson, 15-4; 171 Morgan, Lake., dec. Termentozzi, FM, 12-4; 189 Mitchell, Leg., pinned Whirlow, Du., 1:02; 215 Manhart, TRidge, dec. Tucker, 3-1; Hwt. Alcala, W, pinned Diehl, Chap., 1:51.

Third-place matches

103 pounds Peterson, Du., dec. Padilla, B, 5-1; 112 Rosales, Lak., pinned Dubberly, Leg., 3:43; 119 Thayer, Chat., pinned Monahan, TRidge, 4:35; 125 Gonzales, FM, dec. Bunn, B, 8-6; 130 Mungin, G, dec. Garcia, B, 7-4; 135 Case, B, dec. Rios, Lake., 4-0; 140 Atencio, R, dec. Hill, AA, 5-0; 145 Slinkard, R, dec. Fernandez, Leg., 7-2; 152 Crowley, R, dec. Freeman, G, 4-3; 160 Munsey, TRidge, dec. Fierro, G, 3-2; 171 Prisciotta, R, dec. Anderson, W, 10-2; 189 Peters, Lake., dec. Jackson, 10-2; 215 Remy, FM, dec. Romero, 5-0; Hwt. Wilson, TRidge, dec. Martin, FM, 3-0.

REGION 4

Team scores Rocky Mountain 185, Northglenn 180, Central (G.J.) 171, Centaurus 169, Cherokee Trail 139, Douglas County 117 1/2, Grand Junction 110 1/2, Poudre 96, Cherry Creek 94 1/2, Rampart 79, Bear Creek 64, Liberty 62, Ralston Valley 60, Rangeview 54, South 43, George Washington 6.

Championship matches

103 pounds M. Gurule, CGJ, tech. fall Buccieri, CT, 18-3; 112 Schmitt, RM, dec. J. Gurule, CGJ, 3-0; 119 Grout, Nor., pinned Guillen, GJ, 3:41; 125 Valenzuela, Cent., won by forfeit over J. Rodriguez, CGJ; 130 D. Rodriguez, CGJ, dec. Dondellinger, Centaurus, 8-1; 135 Laureles, RM, dec. Hirstine, CC, 6-3; 140 Abu-Okal, Nor., dec. Beauveis, Centaurus, 5-4; 145 DePontibrand, DC, tech. fall DeMarrias, Nor., 15-0; 152 Hales, CT, pinned Stearns, Nor., 3:07; 160 Bekkedahl, Pou., dec. Niven, Lib., 7-0; 171 Roth, Pou., dec. Flynn, Nor., 3-2; 189 Norgard, RM, dec. Goetsch, Centaurus, 7-2; 215 Jackson, Lib., dec. Beach, DC, 5-1; Hwt. Smith, RM, pinned Sterling, Ramp., :38.

Third-place matches

103 pounds Tellis, CC, dec. Thompson, GJ, 9-4; 112 Stockley, Pou., dec. Delgado, Centaurus, 4-2; 119 Luna, RM, dec. Mata, RV, 7-4; 125 Loche, RV, maj. dec. Gorham, CT, 12-0; 130 D. Wilson, DC, pinned J. Wilson, Ramp., 2:59; 135 Hoffschnieder, GJ, maj. dec. Short, CGJ, 9-0; 140 Casey, GJ, dec. Myers, Lib., 11-6; 145 Carson, RM, pinned Summers, CGJ, 3:19; 152 Shumaker, DC, pinned Lash-Lopez, Centaurus, 2:15; 160 McGuinnis, Ran., dec. Weldehiwet, South, 12-8; 171 Lookian, CC, dec. Kovach, RM, 4-2; 189 Brown, Ramp., dec. Delmonico, BC, 5-3; 215 Kirk, CC, dec. Jordan, CT, 9-6; Hwt. Rosales, CGJ, dec. Scheufele, Centaurus, 5-4.