Mustangs tie for second at league tournament

Horizon grabs fifth, Legacy comes in sixth

Kate Ferraro
Mountain Range wrestler Louie Romero, left, wrestles against Poudre’s Owen Lamb Feb. 1 at the Front Range League Tournament at Legacy High School.
Kate Ferraro
Legacy’s Ryan Deakin, right, wrestles against Horizon’s Aaron Beltran in the 113-pound championship match at the Front Range League Tournament Feb. 1 at Legacy High School.
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Mountain Range 195-pound wrestler Estevan Minjarez, left, wrestles against Horizon’s Xavier Boccadoro, right, at the Front Range League Tournament Feb. 1 at Legacy High School.
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The Mountain Range wrestling team tied for second place with Poudre, scoring 134.5 points at the Front Range League Tournament on Feb. 1 at Legacy High School.

Horizon came in fifth place with 104.5 points while Legacy scored 99 points for a sixth-place finish. Rocky Mountain won first place in the double elimination tournament with 182 points.

The Mustangs had three wrestlers compete in the championship match for their respective weight classes and two compete in the consolation round.

“The tournament went well,” Legacy head coach Mike Thompson said. “There were a couple of matches I thought we could do better in, but overall we wrestled pretty good. There’s always room for improvement.”

Mustang’s Louie Romero, 106-pounder, won the championship match 9-0 against Poudre’s Owen Lamb. Both Zach Martinez (126) and Kody Kleman (220) lost their championship matches. Patrick Romero (152) beat Horizon’s Matt Emerson for third place and Ronnie Kahler (138) was pinned for fourth place. Heavyweight Jorge Rodriguez won first place.

Legacy’s Ryan Deakin (113) pinned Horizon’s Aaron Beltran in the championship match. Deakin had a bye the first round, then pinned Mountain Range’s Martino Maez in 30 seconds in the second round. In the semi finals, Deakin beat Rocky Mountain’s Logan Newman by injury default.

“It feels good,” Deakin said. “But we still have to keep working. We still have the end of our season ahead of us.”

Lightning’s Adam Otterson (145) and heavyweight Logan Lyons were both pinned in the championship rounds. Matt Hebel (160) won 7-3 for third place and Nolan Funk (170) lost 5-2 for fourth place.

Horizon’s Jackson Huffman (120) won 6-1 for first place and Michael Herman (138) fell 3-1 in the championship round for second place. Both Hunter Lucas (145) and Xavier Boccadoro lost in the consolation round for fourth place.

Mountain Range competes against Poudre Feb. 6 at home then will go to Arvada West Feb. 14 and 15 for the Region 4 Tournament. Legacy will travel to Prairie View Feb. 6 then to Fort Collins for the Region 3 Tournament.

“We have two weeks to make sure our shape is there and just fine tune some things is all we have to do,” Thompson said of preparing for regionals.

Horizon travels to Palmer Feb. 7 and Coronado Feb. 8, then to Fort Collins for the Region 3 Tournament.

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