AURORA – Pomona and Ponderosa, Colorado’s top two Class 5A wrestling teams according to On The Mat rankings, got a good test for next week’s Colorado State High School Wrestling Tournament.
The teams matched up in the Class 5A Region 1 tournament at Smoky Hill High School and the Panthers justified their No. 1 ranking by winning the tournament with 243 points,
Ponderosa, with five regional champions, was second with 214.5 points followed by Legacy (126.5), Arapahoe (123) and Cherry Creek (110).
Pomona had three regional champions and will advance 10 wrestlers to Thursday’s first round of the state tournament.
Ponderosa will send nine wrestlers to the Pepsi Center.
“We wrestled pretty good,” Pomona coach Sam Federico said. “We’ve got some work to do but they are minor things. We’re in shape and where we need to be physically. This was a tough regional. This was one of the toughest regions.”
Pomona’s Tomas Gutierrez was the 106-pound regional champion with a 2-0 decision over Legacy's Ryan Deakin.
Defending 132-pound state champion Raymond Robledo notched a 3-0 title decision over Chatfield’s Jake Thayer and Pomona’s Archie Colgan prevailed in the 160-pound championship match with a 1-0 decision over Connor Casady of Legacy.
“I was very pleased with my 106 pounder Tomas Gutierrez,” said Federico. “He’s a great kid and beat some top-ranked kids. Matthew Seifert at 145 pounds beat some good kids, came out of the sixth seed and got second.
“We got everybody through that I feel is going to go downtown and score points.”
Ponderosa’s Kade Snider captured the 113-pound regional title with a 3-2 overtime decision over Pomona’s Travis Torres.
Torry Williams used a takedown with seven seconds remaining to win the 145-pound regional title with a 2-0 decision over Seifert.
The Mustangs’ Kelton Good got his third fall of the tournament in the 152 pound finals when he pinned Cherry Creek’s Mason Harris in 58 seconds
Dylan Gabel continued Ponderosa’s parade of champions with a 54-second pin against Horizon’s David Chitwood in the 170-pound title match.
Ponderosa’s Corry Williams scored a 16-2 major decision over Arapahoe’s Jaylen Mosqueira in the 182-pound championship match.
“We would of liked to have 10 qualify for state but nine will do,” said Ponderosa coach Corey McNellis. “That’s the most we have qualified in a long time. We have five regional champions.”
Other regional champions included Douglas County’s Hayden Jones (138), Cherry Creek’s Mitch Finesilver (120) and Zach Finesilver (126) and Legacy’s Skyler McWee (220).
Another Finesilver brother, Matt, qualified for state by finishing third at 113 pounds.