Mustangs take third at Arvada West Invite

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Jonathan Maness
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ARVADA - The Pomona wrestling team continued its domination over the weekend.

The Panthers won three individual titles and took first at the Arvada West Invitational on Saturday with 148.50 points.

“We are doing pretty good (this season),” said Austin Marvel, who won the title at 138 pounds. “We should have a pretty solid team this year.”

Joining Marvel on top of the podium for Pomona was Raymond Robledo (132 pounds) and Archie Colgan (160).

Taking second at the tournament was Greeley West (144 points) and Ponderosa (142.50) finished third.

Ponderosa crowned two individual champs, Kelton Good at 152 pounds and Dylan Gabel at 170. Coronado also had two, Trent Watson (106) and Jess Hankins (113).

Beer Creek’s Corky Phillips beat Ponderosa’s York Douglass 12-2 to win the title match at 195 pounds. The Bears’ P.T. Garcia finished second after losing 8-4 to Martinez in the 126-pound match. Francisco Sandoval (106) and Jason Yakobsen (120) each went 2-2.

Legacy’s Skylar McWee took first at 225 pounds after pinning Fountain-Fort Carson’s Jake Schoenberger. Conner Casady (160) finished third for the Lightning. Ryan Deakin (106) and Luke Robinson (182) both went 2-2 at the tournament, but didn’t place. Legacy was 10th at the invite.

Arvada West finished seventh at the tournament and had four wrestlers place, including Tony Silva-Bussey - who finished second after losing to Gabel 5-3 in overtime.

Jerry Trujillo (120), Payton Tawater (126) and Taylor Bergquist (138) all took third.

Chaparal was eighth and also four wrestlers place, including Frank Martinez (106), JT Stancil (113) and Dane Drimmer (285) who all finished third. Kenton Reed (120) was fourth.

Robledo beat Thompson Valley’s Tanner Williams 3-0 to take first, while Marvel won his title after an injury default and Colgan topped Thompson Valley’s Francisco Marquez 6-4.

“This is a big accomplishment for me,” Marvel said. “But I am aiming more towards state, getting the big win. This is just icing on the cake.”

Also competing in the title match for Pomona was Josh Rosales (120) and Ethan Wright (152). Rosales finished second after losing to Delacruz 6-3, while Wright lost a tough one to Good 4-3 to take second. Also placing for the Panthers was Tomas Gutierrez (106), who finished fourth.

“We think we can challenge for a state title,” Robledo said.

Ponderosa also had three wrestlers finish second; including Douglass (195), Torry Williams (145) and Corry Williams (182) who lost a 5-3 heartbreaker in overtime to Brighton’s Joel Hernandez.

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