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Saturday's roundup: Cheyenne Mountain, Canon City each get nine wrestlers to state

February 10, 2018 Updated: February 11, 2018 at 7:14 am


4A Region 2

At Abraham Lincoln: Mike McFadden (138 pounds) and Cian Quiroga (195) claimed regional titles for Cheyenne Mountain, which finished runner-up and qualified nine wrestlers for next week's state meet at the Pepsi Center. Rick Stark, Kevin Hooks and Miklo Gibb lost in their title bouts at 126, 145 and 152, respectively, and Deonte Bridges was unable to compete in his championship match at 220 due to injury.

4A Region 3

At Northridge: Canon City had four wrestlers reach title matches and qualified nine overall for the state meet. James Ruona (126), Shane Coffey (132), Zac Hanenberg (145) and Bailey McBride (152) lost in their title matches for the Tigers, who took second overall as a team.

4A Region 4

At Golden: Behind individual championships from Elijah Valdez (152), Jared Volcic (195), Dominick Fini (220) and Michael True (285), Mesa Ridge finished second. Discovery Canyon qualified an event-high seven wrestlers for state, highlighted by overall titles from Jared Turner and Dylan Ruane at 132 and 145, respectively.

Pine Creek had six wrestlers punch tickets for state, led by 182 region-champ Garrett Niel.

Lewis-Palmer, Mitchell and Widefield qualified five wrestlers apiece for state.

4A Region 1

At Pueblo County: Jason Hanenberg (132) and Brady Badwound (160) won titles for Air Academy, which had six state qualifiers and took fourth. Jeff Flippen of Vista Ridge took the heavyweight division.

Falcon had five state qualifiers, while Vista Ridge and Sand Creek had two. Harrison and Palmer Ridge had one wrestler clinch a state berth.

5A Region 3

At Poudre: Zack Szostak and Keaton Adams settled for runner-up finishes at 152 and 195, respectively, to pace a Doherty squad that had eight wrestlers clinch state spots.

5A Region 2

At Adams City: KJ Kearns won the region title at 145 for Coronado, which had two others win third-place matches to also qualify for state. Dylan Owens-Hailey of Palmer won his third-place match in the 132-pound weight class to clinch a state berth.

5A Region 1

At Arvada West: Fountain-Fort Carson's Taylor Vasquez earned a runner-up finish at 126, and two teammates took fourth to earn state spots.

5A Region 4

At Broomfield: Benjamin Bancroft needed an extra match, but the Rampart sophomore earned an 8-6 win in a wrestleback to take fourth and the final state-qualifying spot at 138.

3A Region 4

At Pueblo Central: Nathan Johns (182) won his event championship and led six state qualifiers for TCA, and Florence's Ty Addington (152) and Keaton Green (170) also earned regional titles.

Zach Dooley of Woodland Park took the top spot by winning the 106 title.

2A Region 4

At Otero JC: Lane Wilfong and Nathan McLarty earned runner-up finishes at 113 and 182 for Peyton, which placed second and qualified seven wrestlers for the state tournament.

Ellicott's Bradyn Cowen and Ben McCaffrey lost in their respective title matches at 195 and 285 to highlight four state qualifiers.


St. Mary's 62, La Junta 59

At St. Mary's: Gabe Calhoun led three scorers in double figures with 15 points to help St. Mary's rally from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to stun La Junta. Tyler Englert scored 13 points, and Jack Velten added 10 for the Pirates (9-9, 8-3 3A Tri-Peaks), who finished the game on a 17-4 run.

Doherty 80, Palmer 56

At Palmer: DeMarious Carey had 18 points, highlighted by a 4-of-6 effort from 3-point range, and three of his teammates also hit double figures as Doherty got one step closer to its second consecutive undefeated league season. Joe Golden added 17 points for the Spartans (18-4, 11-0 5A Colorado Springs Metro League), which also got 14 points from Kyrele Benford and 13 from Alijah Bates.

Doherty, ahead 15-11 after one quarter, broke the game open with a 22-11 run heading into halftime.

ECA 63, Elbert 21

At Elbert: Cameron Rawlings poured in 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting as ECA eased past Elbert in nonleague action.


Lakewood 56, Mesa Ridge 54

At Mesa Ridge: Chloe Welch scored 20 points and added 13 rebounds to lead Mesa Ridge, which erased a 16-point, second-half deficit to forge a tie 5A with Lakewood late, only to stumble down the stretch.

The Grizzlies (18-3), which also had 12 points and 11 rebounds from Ashley Bowen, had two empty possessions due to turnovers late in regulation and saw their 16-game winning streak come to an end.

Still, coach Jeff Beatty sees the big picture.

"We were right there against a really good 5A team, and we can build upon this heading into the playoffs," Beatty said. "All you want is to have a chance to win it. The kids fought hard and showed heart. It was fun."

Doherty 43, Palmer 26

At Palmer: Unique Gainey scored 10 points, and Doherty rebounded from a sluggish start to pull away from Palmer late and run the Spartans' winning streak to 15 games.

Caylee DeWitt and Mykiaa Minniss added nine points each for Doherty (19-3, 11-0 5A Colorado Springs Metro League), which trailed 18-16 at halftime but broke the game open with a 19-6 run in the fourth quarter.

Sanee' Cates led Palmer (3-18, 0-10) with 12 points.

James Irwin 36, Aurora West College Prep Academy 29

At Aurora: One day after suffering a 73-0 loss to 3A defending state-champ Lamar, James Irwin got its leading scorer back to lead the Jaguars past Aurora West College Prep. Krystina Hagood, absent due to a prior commitment Friday, poured in 25 points to pace James Irwin (4-13), which also got a 21-rebound effort from Tanea Warner.


Doherty 10, Palmer 0

At World Arena Ice Hall: Behind two-goal games from Scott Sellers II, Cade Winders and Jordan Cornelison, Doherty snapped a season-opening 16-game losing streak by blasting district rival Palmer. The Spartans broke the game open with a six-goal second period, highlighted by two goals in a 37-second span by Winders. Doherty outshot Palmer (1-16) by a margin of 51-7.

Pine Creek 9, Cheyenne Mountain 3

At Honnen: Brett Zahn and Jonathan Cole Jr. each scored three goals, and Pine Creek scored six goals in the third period to blow open a close game.

Drew Connaughton and Chayse Heffler each scored for Cheyenne Mountain (3-16, 2-13 Peak Conference) in the first period as the Indians took an early 2-1 lead.

Gabriel Simms scored for Pine Creek (8-9-2, 7-6-1) to tie the game at 2, then Cole's first goal at 12:40 gave the Eagles the lead for good.

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