— Don't bother asking Centaurus
wrestling coach Cisco Gonzales to
pick a favorite for his team's Top
of the Rockies tournament this week.
do so, the coach said Monday, is
The Top of the
Rockies runs Friday-Saturday at CHS.
Once again, the tournament makes an
airtight case as the toughest
regular season tournament in the
Of the teams
ranked in the top 10 in Classes 4A
and 5A, 15 are slated to attend --
including last year's state champs
in 5A (Ponderosa), 4A (Northridge)
and 3A (Roosevelt). And that's not
to mention New Mexico powerhouse Rio
Rancho or Campbell County, Wyo.,
which has won the last six
large-school state titles in
As impressive as
the 30-team lineup is the fact that
every weight class at the tournament
except 215 and 285 -- if everyone is
healthy and suits up -- contains at
least two of the top-four-ranked
wrestlers from both 4A and 5A in
Colorado. And 215 has the top-ranked
wrestlers in 4A and 5A.
every team has its studs who will
score big points. The key is in how
many guys each team has wrestling
late on Saturday.
wrestling well in those wrestleback
rounds is who's going to win it,"
begins at 1 p.m. Friday and 8:30
a.m. Saturday, with finals slated
for 6 p.m. Saturday.
will be one of three local teams
present along with 4A No. 2
Broomfield and Longmont.
As Gonzales notes,
his young Warriors have been
"consistently inconsistent" lately.
Still, always tough CHS could see
some wrestlers make some noise in
defense of their home mats. Cody
Goetsch is 30-4 on the season at 189
pounds. And heavyweight Austin
Scheufele, 130-pounder Drew
Dondelinger and 135-pounder Anthony
Delgado have all been strong.
"We've got kids
who are going to win matches here,"
Gonzales said. "It's just a matter
of where we fall on brackets."
meanwhile, has fared well at the Top
of the Rockies the last two years
with a pair of top-five team
finishes. And the Eagles figure to
make a run again this year, with
seven grapplers ranked in the top
four of their respective weight
That group is led
by 119-pounder Gabe Gomez, who won
the 4A state title at 112 last year.
Gomez is ranked second at 119 in 4A
this season. But he'll have a loaded
bracket Friday and Saturday, with 4A
No. 1 C.J. York of Roosevelt and 5A
top-ranked Eric Wilson of Grandview
also at the weight.