The Paonia Eagles fell shy of a second consecutive win at the 36th annual Warrior Classic wrestling tournament. Paonia scored 191 points to place second.
Rocky Mountain won the tournament with 193 points, and Arvada West placed third with 184.5 points.
Paonia is the No. 1-ranked team in Class 2A, while Arvada West and Rocky Mountain are ranked one and two respectively in Class 5A competition.
Paonia had 180 points and was one point behind first-place Rocky Mountain and 13.5 points ahead of Arvada West heading into the finals. Arvada West sent seven to the finals and claimed three championships and two second-place finishes. Rocky Mountain finished the tournament with two championships and eight placers.
Second-day competition was brutal. Paonia advanced 11 wrestlers, and out of seven semifinalists Paonia advanced three to the championship round. Two-time state champion Jesse Reed was the only Eagles wrestler to go 5-0 for the tournament. Reed upset No. 2-ranked Dakota Macy of Ft. Lupton to advance to the finals, where he scored a takedown in the final seconds to defeat Kedric Coonis of Uintah (Utah), 11-5, for the championship.
Junior Zach Milner, who in 2012 was eliminated on day one, was runner-up at 160 after a 4-2 loss to Taylor Bergquist of Arvada West in the semifinals. Milner also lost, 8-5, to Bergquist last Thursday night at the Paonia-Arvada West dual at Paonia. Milner will start the new year with a 14-2 record.
At 120, Josh Altman was unable to get past Trenton Piatt of Olathe for the second time this season. In the championship round, Piatt took an early lead and never let up, defeating Altman, 9-0.
All four wrestlers to lose in semifinals went on to place. At heavyweight, Tony Darling suffered a third-round pin by Air Academy. In the finals, Darling pinned No. 2-ranked Jesus Casillas of Montrose in the second round to place third.
Ty Coats was the No. 2 seed at 152 pounds and also lost in the semifinals. Coats defeated Derek Horn of Delta, 5-0, to place fifth. Bo Pipher was 4-2 for the tournament, defeating Tyler Hanenberg of Air Academy to place fifth.
The Delta Panthers sent a full team to this year's Warrior Classic and ended the tournament with 77.5 points to place 17th out of 35 teams.
Derek Horn ended the tournament with a 5-3 record to place sixth. On Friday, Horn defeated Alex Rivas of Rifle by decision, then dropped to the consolation bracket after a second-round loss to Ruben Chagoya of Eagle Valley.
Horn won his next three matches against Durango, Battle Mountain and Green River (Utah). Horn was down 15-1 against Caleb Clarkson of Palisade in the ninth round when he pinned Clarkson for the win to advance to Saturday night's finals.
Horn lost by a 5-0 decision to Ty Coats of Paonia to place sixth.
At 126, David Brown finished the tournament at 3-2 and was one away from placing after an 8-3 loss to Eagle Valley.
At 106 pounds, freshman Luke Anderson opened with a loss to Air Academy, then wrestled back with three consecutive wins. Anderson was one match away from making the finals when he was pinned in the first round by Wyatt Toothaker of Cedaredge to end the tournament at 3-2. Also going 3-2 were Kory Mills (170), Cordell Stroud (182), and heavyweight Marcus Garcia, who opened with wins over Monte Vista and Olathe before a 3-2 loss to Jesus Casillas of Montrose. Garcia went out on a loss to Tyler Zook of Grand Junction.
At 132 pounds, Hayes McCracken had two pins and was 2-2 for the tournament. Livan Santander (195) was also 2-2 with wins over Moffat County and Olathe.
Delta lost out at two weights. Going 1-2 for the tournament were Kavan Trujillo (113), Wyatt Church (120), Daryan Urquhart (138) and Alejandro Medina (220).
Sophomore Austin Todd (120) was the only Bruin wrestler to advance to the finals. Todd, who placed fifth as a freshman, finished the tournament at 3-3 and lost by a 10-8 decision to Jose Duran of Monte Vista to place sixth.
Bruin wrestlers Mickey Madaleno (145) and Mario Madaleno (285) were both 0-2. Mario Madaleno opened the tournament with a loss to defending Warrior champion Cole Mair of Uintah. Madaleno was the only wrestler for the tournament to go a full three rounds against the 6-foot, 7-inch heavyweight champion from Utah.
Wyatt Toothaker (106) and Jake Ostrom wrestled to 3-2 records. Beau Hebert (132), Peter Williamson (138), Landon Eckhart (195) and Garrett Humble (220) all ended the tournament at 2-2.
After winning at Delta last week, Hotchkiss senior Garrett Toothaker was looking for a win at last weekend's Warrior Classic wrestling tournament. But a quarterfinal loss by pin in the third round to Cody Lacy of Grand Junction put Toothaker in the consolation bracket heading into Saturday's competition. Toothaker was the only Bulldog wrestler still alive Saturday morning.
Wrestling at 113 pounds, Toothaker won Saturday's opening match after his opponent failed to make weight. Toothaker was one win away from making the finals and had a 3-5 lead when he was pinned by Logan Newman of Rocky Mountain.
There were 31 wrestlers in the 113-pound bracket, including the defending state 3A champion. Toothaker, the Bulldogs' only senior wrestler, looked tough, said first-year head coach Richard Flores. "We were really close to placing. It just didn't happen this time."
Freshman 145 Wade Katzdorn opened with a win over Delta, then lost to tournament champion Payton Tawater of Arvada West. In consolation, Katzdorn pinned a Fountain Fort Carson wrestler in overtime before falling to Eagle Valley. Mitch McCurdy (138), Brendon Beck (152), Tristan Todd (220) and Conner Collins (HWT) all wrestled to 1-2 records.
Despite advancing only one wrestler, the tournament was a good learning experience, said Flores. "A lot of good things happened."
Flores said his younger wrestlers wrestled mean and tough and fought hard against the competition and will be better because of it.
Even though most of the wrestlers were out after the first day, "I was happy with their effort."blog comments powered by Disqus