Wrestling: Olys punctuate state first round

 Ten Aurora wrestlers move into 5A quarterfinals

The Aurora Sentinel

Published: Friday, February 20, 2009 1:54 AM MST

DENVER | LaDaris Mungin has grown tired of taking third place at tournaments, which he has on several occasions this season.

After the first day of the Class 5A state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center, the Gateway junior is still in the running for first.

Mungin opened an outstanding 3-1 showing by the Olys with the upset of the tournament among 31 Aurora wrestlers — who went 10-21 in first-round action — as he beat second-ranked Ely Martinez of Pine Creek 8-4 in overtime of a 130-pound preliminary match. Martinez came into the match with a 25-1 record.

“This feels great; you have to do better than your last state tournament, and I went two and out last year,” said Mungin, who scored only one point in two losses in the 2008 tournament.

“When I win, Radio (152-pounder Justin Freeman) has to win, so at least we know we have two.”

Freeman did indeed win later by beating Cherokee Trail’s Ethan Hales 6-5, gaining some momentum from Mungin’s performance.

Mungin — who was hit in the eye and couldn’t see for portion of the first period — railed 4-0 in the second period, but got a reverse to cut the deficit in half and tied it with a takedown early in the third. He kept Martinez from winning with an escape and the match went to overtime.

The two went to the mat and Mungin employed a gator roll move that Gateway coach Jeremy Hoffman drilled his team on in practice, taking Martinez down and getting two back points for the victory.

Mungin, who improved to 32-8 on the season, only found out where Martinez was ranked after the match.

“Coaches don’t tell you that because they don’t want you to know,” Mungin said. “All the records look identical down here.”

Mungin will face Central of Grand Junction’s Daniel Rodriguez (38-4) in the 5A quarterfinals, which begin at 1 p.m. Friday.

He’ll have plenty of company in the quarterfinals, including teammates Freeman and 145-pounder Brent Willis, who pinned Rocky Mountain’s Alex Carlson to win his first state match. Senior 160-pounder Ronato Fierro almost gave the Olys an even bigger upset than Mungin’s, losing a tight 8-7 decision to top-ranked Jake Wilson of Arapahoe.

Besides Willis, a number of first-time qualifiers won their first state matches, including Cherokee Trail sophomore Chris Buccieri (103 pounds), Eaglecrest’s Dan Moore (112 pounds), Regis’ John Crowley (152 pounds) and Smoky Hill’s Shawn Miller (160 pounds).

Grandview senior Eric Wilson, last season’s 5A state champion at 112 pounds, moved a step closer to a shot at the 119-pound title with a pin of ThunderRidge’s Bryant Monahan. Overland senior 135-pounder Josh Christopher — a returning state placer — and Grandview senior 215-pounder Penn Wade rounded out Aurora's 10 first-round winners.

Quarterfinals winners wrestle again in the semifinals at 7:15 p.m. for a chance at the state finals, which are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb.21.


Aurora state wrestling first-round results

103 pounds

Upper bracket

Ryan Adams (Standley Lake) dec. William Montrey (Aurora Central), 9-5

Lower bracket

Chris Buccieri (Cherokee Trail) dec. Rudy Peterson (Durango), 6-0

112 pounds

Upper bracket

Cory Mitze (Mountain Range) dec. Matt Ritz (Eaglecrest), 8-3

Lower bracket

Mike Sikorski (Pine Creek) pinned John Godin (Grandview), 5:29

Dominic Madril (Pomona) maj. dec. Phillip Nguyen (Aurora Central), 13-5

119 pounds

Lower bracket

Jeremy Luna (Rocky Mountain) dec. Jeff Ibanez (Aurora Central), 8-6

Eric Wilson (Grandview) pinned Bryan Monahan (ThunderRidge), 5:01

125 pounds

Upper bracket

Carter McElhany (Coronado) tech. fall Collin Gorham (Cherokee Trail), 15-0

Jeff Gonzales (Fruita-Monument) dec. Michael Balagna (Grandview), 3-2

130 pounds

Upper bracket

LaDaris Mungin (Gateway) dec. Ely Martinez (Pine Creek), 8-4 (OT)

Lower bracket

Dan Moore (Eaglecrest) pinned Dustin Wilson (Douglas County), 3:47

135 pounds

Lower bracket

Josh Christopher (Overland) dec. Zach Short (Central G.J.), 11-4

Andrew Onorato (Regis) dec. Jesse Werth (Fort Collins), 5-1

140 pounds

Upper bracket

Trevor Brumley (Mountain Range) dec. Zach Atencio (Regis), 10-9

145 pounds

Upper bracket

Brent Willis (Gateway) pinned Alex Carson (Rocky Mountain), 3:48

Casey DeMarrias (Northglenn) dec. Powell Slinkard (Regis), 6-4

Lower bracket

Lance Jeffries (Loveland) pinned Gage Fell (Eaglecrest), 2:50

152 pounds

Upper bracket

Justin Freeman (Gateway) dec. Ethan Hales (Cherokee Trail), 6-5

Lower bracket

Jacob Deaguero (Adams City) dec. Josh Starr (37-6) (Grandview), 10-3

John Crowley (Regis) maj. dec. Derek Stearns (Northglenn), 12-4

Steven Kelly (Ponderosa) maj. dec. Matt Meyer (Smoky Hill), 12-3

160 pounds

Upper bracket

Jake Wilson (Arapahoe) dec. Renato Fierro (Gateway), 8-7

Shawn Miller (Smoky Hill) pinned Hunter McGuinnis (Rangeview), 3:30

Bryce Thurston (Chaparral) tech. fall Jordan Johnson (Eaglecrest), 17-2

Lower bracket

Bryce Dunkelberger (Mountain Range) dec. Greg Conrardy (Cherokee Trail), 3-0

171 pounds

Upper bracket

Kyle Flynn (Northglenn) dec. Gordie Pisciotta (Regis), 9-5

189 pounds

Upper bracket

Casey Norgard (Rocky Mountain) dec. Enos Ozekin (Grandview), 6-0

215 pounds

Upper bracket

Penn Wade (Grandview) pinned Zach Beach (Douglas County), 3:41

Lower bracket

Donny Haupt (Pomona) maj. dec. Ben Jordan (Cherokee Trail), 12-4