Bruins take team title at tournament

Cherry Creek tops Arapahoe at Warrior Invitational

Arapahoe wrestler Foster Houts, left, looks for an opening against his Chatfield opponent in the 285-pound quarterfinals at the Dec. 7 Warrior Invitational Wrestling Tournament. Houts pinned his opponent to advance to the semifinals.
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Cherry Creek amassed the points needed to edge rival Arapahoe and 11 other schools, earning the team title at the Dec. 7 Warrior Invitational Tournament.

The Bruins and Warriors are traditional rivals and battled it out again this year for the 37th team title in the tournament’s long history at Arapahoe High School.

Bruins coach Steve Luhring said his team is strong with 10 seniors in the lineup.

“We have a lot of kids coming back plus some of last year’s JV wrestlers who are stepping up for us,” he said during a break in last Saturday’s action.

“We are good up and down the weight divisions. This is a good early tournament because we get a lot of mat time and get to see a lot of good opponents.”

Warriors coach Steve Sisler said he was excited about having a lot of depth to play around with this year, and that he has the largest turnout in team history with 75 athletes out for the team.

“We are enthusiastic and competitive,” he said after the quarterfinals. “We have a number of returning seniors who will help anchor our team this season so we should be pretty good. I have seen some good things from our wrestlers so far and I’ve seen some things we will be working on.”

As Sisler Spoke, Arapahoe was leading the team standings with 103.5 points, 1.5 points ahead of Cherry Creek. But, when the championships were decided in all weight divisions, the Bruins had earned seven titles and had four other wrestlers place, helping them capture the team title with 258 points.

The Warriors battled hard and, while they didn’t win any weight divisions at the tournament, they had a dozen wrestlers place, earning them enough points to take runner-up honors with 225 points.

Lakewood finished third in the team standings with 173 points.

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