Mountain Vista senior places second at state tourney

Dylan Formby finishes season with 30-4 record on mats

Tom Munds
Mountain Vista's Dylan Formby seeks to score points in his match with Tony Sova-Buss of Arvada West during the Feb. 22 Class 5A 170-pound state championship match. Formby lost the spirited battle for the title, 18-10.

If there was any disappointment on Dylan Formby's face it was hard recognize.

Formby, a Mountain Vista senior, was overlooked as a threat among the Class 5A 170-pound wrestlers considered having a shot at winning the state tournament.

However, Formby made it to the finals before losing 18-10 to Arvada West's Tony Silva-Bussey on Feb. 22 at the Pepsi Center. A second-place finish was pretty good for the senior who wound up the season with a 30-4 record.

“I'm happy with the season and to finish second was great,” said Formby. “I would definitely say I was a dark horse. If you told anybody two weeks ago that I'd be wrestling for the state championship, nobody would have believed you.”

Formby trailed the entire match against Silva-Bussey and was never able to put any pressure on the Wildcat senior who notched two easy decisions and a pair of pins en route to the championship.

“He's a good wrestler,” admitted Formby who was seeking to become Mountain Vista's first individual state wrestling champion.

Three south metro wrestlers won individual state championships at the Pepsi Center.

Ponderosa's Dylan Gabel won his second consecutive championship by pinning Arapahoe's Jaylen Mosqueira in 3:11 of the 182-pound title match. Cherry Creek's 126-pounder Mitch Finesilver captured his second state title with a 1-0 win over Coronado's Jess Hankin and Mitch's twin brother Zach Finesilver captured the 138-pound state title with a 10-4 decision over Arvada West's Jimmy Rothwell.

Arvada West easily captured the Class 5A team title with 179 points, 87 points more than second-place Pomona. Ponderosa was third with 88 points, while Cherry Creek finished fourth with 81.5. Chaparral finished 12th and Arapahoe placed 17.