Published: February 16, 2014
At The Classical Academy: On Friday, Ellicott coach Tom Talmich said he was hoping to get at most five wrestlers into the state tournament.
Talmich's team must have made him extremely proud on Saturday.
Randy Munoz (120 pounds), Cesar Morales (138), Fabian Hermosillo (145), Sebastian Chandler (160), PJ Galavez (182) and Dylan Kelly (220) all qualified for next week's state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The six wrestlers all finished in the top four of their respective weight classes to qualify.
Not to be outdone, host The Classical Academy is sending nine wrestlers to the state tournament. Andrew Register, the defending state champion at 145 pounds, defeated Hermosillo 10-4 in the 145 finale to lead the Titans to a third-place team finish. Zach Johns won the 160-pound title for TCA.
Lamar won the tournament with 277 points.
At Broomfield: A continually surprising Lewis-Palmer squad hasn't slowed down. The Rangers took second place at the regional with 186 points, 77 points behind Broomfield.
Alec Oberndorfer (106) won his bracket by pinning Elizabeth's Tyler Erzen in 1:33, while Darryan Vanderpool (138) won by decision and Joseph Glenn (170) pinned Mullen's Michael Ibarra. Joining them will be Trevor Wilch (120), Brad Ellis (182) and Luke Fowler (285).
Air Academy's Justin Petrash (285) took first place with a 3-2 decision over Austin Harris of Broomfield. Petrash and will be joined by six teammates next week. Ben Markworth (106), Peter Hanenberg (126), Joey Neumann (132), Austin Sethman (138), Rory Hughes (152) and Ben Self (195) will all be there, too. The Kadets took sixth place.
Palmer Ridge is sending a pair to the state tournament in Max Althouse (182) and Jonathan Dela Cruz (220).
At Pueblo: Mesa Ridge posted an impressive showing, taking second in the team results with 180 points, 59.5 behind Pueblo South, as the Grizzlies qualified eight wrestlers for the state tournament.Falcon took sixth with 138 points.
At Montrose: Behind five regional champions, Discovery Canyon took second in the team standings, 12 points behind Pueblo County.
Spencer Reynolds (113), Sam Turner (120), Tyler Oberg (145), David Traynor (195) and Alex Weber (182) all took first places in qualifying for the state tournament. Joining those five will be Adrian Mack (170) and Canin Ritz (160).
Turner knocked off Pueblo County's Chris Sandoval, the top-ranked wrestler at 120 by Tim Yount's On the Mat Rankings. Turner trailed Sandoval by two points but pinned his opponent with 3 seconds left.
At Cherokee Trail: Behind Rashawn Benford's pin of Rangeview's Sam Maes in the 152-pound championship, Fountain-Fort Carson took third place at the region with a score of 154.5.
Joining Benford as Trojans state qualifiers are Corelio Rothgeb (138), Josh Wininger (145), Jason Miller (160), Cody Driver (182), Kadim Phillip (220) and Jason Schoenberger (285), who took second place in losing a 6-2 decision to Pomona's Mitchell Chism.
Ponderosa won the region with 271 points.
At Pueblo: Calhan is sending four wrestlers to state, Peyton is sending two, and Hanover's Nicholas Belcher qualified in the 195-pound weight class.