Published: January 22, 2014
In area wrestling circles, any discussion involving a school with "Creek" in its name is sure to bring the 5A power, Pine Creek, into play.
Usually, that's the case. Take the 152-pound weight class as an example. Eagles senior Alex Smith won the 5A state championship in 2013, yet another in Pine Creek's legacy of grappling greatness.
But drive a little farther south and east and meet an emerging star in the same weight class. Just a different type of Creek.
Jeremy Jaquess, a senior at Sand Creek, is quietly climbing the ranks at 152. He heads into this weekend's Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group Metro Wrestling Championships ranked No. 4 in Tim Yount's On the Mat rankings in 4A.
While it's been a down year for Sand Creek as a team - the Scorpions have won only one dual match in 10 attempts - the reverse has held true for Jaquess. Fresh off leading the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference with 117 total tackles in football season, Jaquess has been one of a few bright spots on his wrestling team, winning 11 of 12 dual matches.
His lone loss: a 14-13 decision to Doherty's Brandon Supernaw, a potential rematch this weekend when 26 area high schools send wrestlers to Doherty for the 14th annual tournament. Competition begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday and continues at 9 a.m. Saturday. Championship finals are scheduled to commence at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (webcast themat.com, tickets available per session or all three, free for USA Wrestling members and children under 9) .
"Jeremy is a great kid," Scorpions athletic director Autumn Sereno said. "He's a great student and very respectful, with a great work ethic."
Discovery Canyon, which last season finished second for its best finish at the 4A state meet, claimed the team title as city champions last season. Tyler Oberg (145) and David Traynor (195), both of whom are ranked No. 1 in the most-recent state rankings, each fell in their respective Metro title matches in 2013.
Returning champs include Trenton Watson and Jess Hankin of Coronado; Downey Wood, Jacob Schoenberger and Tracy Hancock of Fountain-Fort Carson; Supernaw of Doherty; Adrian Mack of Discovery Canyon; and Justin Petrash of Air Academy.