Pirates make mark at home invitational

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Scott Stocker
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LAKEWOOD - There’s no doubt that Alameda High School put on a successful wrestling tournament last Saturday, and the home-standing Pirates even had something to cheer about as two of their own made it to the podium.

The two wrestlers for Alameda to place in the tournament were 113-pound Casey Amour and 126-pound Jorge Urioste, both of whom took fourth.

It was a day of pins for Amour, but unfortunately, two went against him.

He pinned Fountain-Fort Carson’s Josh Vise in 3:29, then Denver North’s Adrian Ortiz in 2:29.

But in his next match, he was pinned by tournament winner Jesse Ortiz in 1:17, then shouldered Westminster’s Isaiah Santastevan in 33 seconds.

However, his consolation final was extremely short as he was pinned in 17 seconds by Emanauel Sandoval of Montrose.

“We have one of the best tournaments with over 20 schools today and that makes for a lot of great competition,” Amour said. “It felt good to place and the key is just to work harder and hope for more success. As a team, I do wish we could have all done better.”

Following a first round bye, Urioste was sent into the consolation rounds when he was beaten by eventual champion John Fugita of Westminster, 7-4.

However, he followed with three victories, all pins, to reach to consolation final.

He shouldered Luis Lira of Denver North (1:35), Nikk Shopp of Mitchell (4:35) and Josh Shippley of Wheat Ridge (2:22). But the day ended with his 17-8 loss to Zenobe Romijin of Boulder.

Montrose, led by 160-pound champion Marcus Velasquez who was voted the Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament, scored 191 points to out distance the other 20 teams.

The Indians crowned two champions with 120-pound Jeremiah Banuelos also winners stand. Eaglecrest placed second with 169.5 points followed by Westminster in third, 132.5.