Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:24 pm | Updated: 11:19 pm, Thu Jan 27, 2011.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE | The Grandview wrestling team has returned to its place at the top of the Centennial League.

The Wolves' string of seven consecutive league championships was snapped when they lost to Cherokee Trail last season, but Grandview is in pole position for its eighth title in nine years after a 51-20 dual meet victory at Cherry Creek Thursday night.

A visit to Eaglecrest remains on Feb. 3, but the Wolves took care of the other undefeated team in the league by winning eight of the 12 matches contested against the Bruins.

COURTNEY OAKES/The Aurora Sentinel
Grandview's Jake Fisher squeezes his hold
on Cherry Creek's Remy Baumgartel on his
way to a pin in the 160-pound match in the
Centennial League wrestling dual between
the Wolves and Bruins on Jan. 27, 2011, at
Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood
Village. Grandview won 51-20 to go to 6-0
in the league with one match remaining.
(Courtney Oakes/The Aurora Sentinel)

Both teams were wrestling their first matches since taking part in the prestigious Top of the Rockies tournament on Jan. 21-22 at Centaurus High School and Alejandro Salazar got Grandview off to a flying start with a pin of Cherry Creek's Joey Laratta late in the first period in the 130-pound match, which Sean Sacro built on with an 8-3 decision at 135 pounds.

Grandview coach Greg Maestas saw a chance to win matches at 140 and 145 pounds, so he flip-flopped David Rose and Sean Burroughs in the lineup. The strategy paid off, as Rose typically a 145-pounder pinned the Bruins' Adam Martelon at 140, while Burroughs won by fall late in the second period against Cherry Creek's Mike Ganny.

The Wolves received a forfeit at 152 pounds to Eric Bagnard and Jake Fisher rallied from a 4-1 deficit to pin aggressive Remy Baumgartel in the 160-pound match to put his team ahead by a commanding 33-0 count.

Evan Quant got Cherry Creek on the scoreboard with a pin of Darren Rutledge at 171 pounds, but Pavlo Ivanusa won an 8-4 decision in the next back to help Grandview turn the tide, which was big with the Bruins sending Tanner Harms up next at 215 pounds.

Harms who came in with a 25-1 record after winning his weight at the Top of the Rockies dominated against Grandview's Jimmy Short, going up 9-0 with a takedown and turning it into a pin 22 seconds into the second period. Cherry Creek forfeited the 285 pound class and the teams split the final four matches at the lightest weights.

Grandview's Josh Federico, fresh off second place at 103 pounds at the Top of the Rockies, won a tight battle 5-3 against Cherry Creek's Mitch Finesilver, while Zach Finesilver countered with a 10-0 major decision against Federico's training partner, Eric Ruoff, at 112 pounds. The two met in a 112-pound match at the Top of the Rockies, with Finesilver beating Ruoff 5-0 that time on his way to fourth. Ruoff took sixth, joining Federico as Grandview's only placers.

Cherry Creek's Brady Tellis a state placer two years ago dealt Tony Mendieta a 10-0 major decision defeat at 119 pounds, while Grandview's Dee Hernandez capped the meet by mauling Cherry Creek's Cody Grenz for a win at 125 pounds. Hernandez picked up the Wolves' fifth pin of the night when he stuck Grenz midway through the second period.


130 pounds: Alejandro Salazar (Grandview) pinned Joey Laratta (Cherry Creek), 1:40

135 pounds: Sean Sacro (Grandview) dec. Sean Ward (Cherry Creek), 8-3

140 pounds: David Rose (Grandview) pinned Adam Martelon (Cherry Creek), 2:44

145 pounds: Sean Burroughs (Grandview) pinned Mike Ganny (Cherry Creek), 3:54

152 pounds: Eric Bagnard (Grandview) won by forfeit

160 pounds: Jake Fisher (Grandview) pinned Remy Baumgartel (Cherry Creek), 3:12

171 pounds: Evan Quant (Cherry Creek) pinned Darren Rutledge (Grandview), 3:58

189 pounds: Pavlo Ivanusa (Grandview) dec. Josh Soderborg (Cherry Creek), 8-4

215 pounds: Tanner Harms (Cherry Creek) pinned Jimmy Short (Grandview), 2:22

285 pounds: Andrew Vafides (Grandview) won by forfeit

103 pounds: Josh Federico (Grandview) dec. Mitch Finesilver (Cherry Creek), 5-3

112 pounds: Zach Finesilver (Cherry Creek) maj. dec. Eric Ruoff (Grandview), 10-0

119 pounds: Brady Tellis (Cherry Creek) maj. dec. Tony Mendieta (Grandview), 10-0

125 pounds: Dee Hernandez (Grandview) pinned Cody Grenz (Cherry Creek), 3:04