Wrestling: Wilson earns shot at second 5A title


Grandview senior Eric Wilson, top, holds down Grand Junction junior Anthony Guillen during the third period of a 119-pound quarterfinal match at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament Friday afternoon at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Wilson won 7-3 to advance to the semifinals (Courtney Oakes/The Aurora Sentinel)

Grandview 119-pounder to face Northglenn's Grout again for state championship; 10 other Aurora wrestlers near placing

The Aurora Sentinel
Published: Saturday, February 21, 2009 2:21 AM MST
DENVER | A state championship rematch is in the works, as Grandview senior Eric Wilson and Northglenn senior Philip Grout will decide the 119-pound title at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament Saturday night at the Pepsi Center.

Wilson prevailed last season when the two tangled for state supremacy in 5A at 112 pounds and Grout won when the two met a few weeks before the end of the regular season at the Arvada West Invitational.

Grout assumed the No. 1 ranking with that win and he and Wilson appeared destined to collide for the state championship, which they will do Saturday night after each won decisively in Friday's semifinals. Championship finals in Classes 2A-5A begin shortly after the Parade of Champions at 6:30 p.m.

“It feels awesome, I'm ready to go for tomorrow night,” said Wilson, who shut out Durango's Ty Penning 6-0 in the semifinals. “I had to take it one match at a time, because anybody can be beaten at Pepsi Center. I'm still focused on my goal of getting that state title again.”

Wilson stands at 43-4 after his three state victories, a pin of ThunderRidge's Bryant Monahan in the first round, a 7-3 decision over Grand Junction's Anthony Guillen and his win over Penning, who he knows well from offseason training.

Grout has lost just once in 42 matches this season and has made quick work of his state opponents with a technical fall victory and two by pins, including a 2-minute, 45-second pin of Lakewood's Isiah Rosales in the semifinals.

Wilson won last season's meeting 2-0 in overtime, while Grout won the Arvada West meeting 11-6. Wilson is determined not to make the missteps that Grout capitalized on in that match.

“Phil's an awesome wrestler and he caught me a couple of times when I made mistakes,” Wilson said. “I just have to wrestle my match, be smart and go after it.”

Ten other Aurora wrestlers in eight weight classes remained alive in the consolation bracket — including Gateway senior Justin Freeman, who lost in overtime to Fairview's Scott Lohndorf in a 152-pound semifinal — with one more victory assuring them of at least sixth place. Third-round consolation matches begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

By virtue of making the semifinals, Freeman is assured of placing in his second trip to the state tournament. Freeman lost to Lohndorf at state for the second year in a row, this time giving up a takedown in overtime to lose a 3-1 decision. He could have some company on the medal stand from senior teammates Brent Willis and Ronato Fierro, who are each a win from placing at 145 and 160 pounds, respectively.

Besides Wilson, Grandview — which was tied with Westminster for 12th with 32 points after the semifinal round — still has placing hopes in 112-pounder John Godin, 152-pounder Josh Starr and 215-pounder Penn Wade.

Four other Aurora teams have a chance for one placer: Cherokee Trail with sophomore Christ Buccieri at 103 pounds, Eaglecrest with senior Dan Moore at 130 pounds, Overland with senior Josh Christopher at 135 pounds and Regis with freshman 152-pound John Crowley. Crowley could face Freeman — who he beat in the Region 3 third-place match Feb. 14 — in the consolation semifinals if he can beat Adams City's Joey Deaguero.


At Pepsi Center, Denver

Aurora championship match, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.

119 pounds

Eric Wilson (43-4) (Grandview) vs. Philip Grout (41-1) (Northglenn)


Aurora semifinals, Feb. 20

119 pounds

Eric Wilson (Grandview) dec. Ty Penning (Durango), 6-0

152 pounds

Scott Lohndorf (Fairview) dec. Justin Freeman (Gateway), 3-1 (OT)


Aurora quarterfinals, Feb. 20

103 pounds

Josh Martinez (Pine Creek) dec. Chris Buccieri (Cherokee Trail), 11-2

119 pounds

Eric Wilson (Grandview) dec. Anthony Guillen (Grand Junction), 7-3

130 pounds

Daniel Rodriguez (Central G.J.) maj. dec. LaDaris Mungin (Gateway), 17-2

Caleb McDowell (Chaparral) dec. Dan Moore (Eaglecrest), 5-3

135 pounds

Gabrian Martinez (Pine Creek) maj. dec. Josh Christopher (Overland), 10-0

145 pounds

Daniel Kelly (Ponderosa) maj. dec. Brent Willis (Gateway), 18-6

152 pounds

Justin Freeman (Gateway) dec. Ethan Olson (Coronado), 11-4

Steven Kelly (Ponderosa) dec. John Crowley (Regis), 14-9

160 pounds

Jake Wilson (Arapahoe) dec. Shawn Miller (Smoky Hill), 13-6

215 pounds

Conor Medbury (Loveland) pinned Penn Wade (Grandview), 4:11