DENVER – History was going to be made no matter who won the Class 3A 126 pound championship Saturday night at the Pepsi Center.
When Aaron Cisneros of Jefferson and Joseph Prieto of Holy Family took to the mat, more than an individual title was on the line. Both wrestlers were battling to become the first athlete from their respective schools to earn the right to be called a state champion.
When the dust settled, it was Cisneros who was able to put his name in the record books, putting together a dominating performance, winning by technical fall 18-1.
“I came to Jefferson to make a difference and to be Jefferson’s first state champion,” Cisneros said. “To finally accomplish my goals feels indescribable.”
The finals were a little anti-climactic for Pomona, as the Panthers had wrapped up the 5A team title before the evening session even began. Pomona had five wrestlers place in the morning session to secure the championship, and still had two wrestlers going after individual titles.
Pomona finished with 125 points; Ponderosa was second with 107.5.
Archie Colgan added to the Panthers total, winning the 160 pound championship with a 7-5 decision over Austin Lindsay of Fossil Ridge.
“It feels so good right now. I feel like I don’t have a worry in the world,” Colgan said.
Austin Marvel also reached the finals, but finished second at 138 pounds,
Joshua Rosales (120) and Raymond Robledo (132) took third for Pomona, while Tomas Gutierrez (106) and Travis Torres (113) took fourth, and Lucas Vagher (126) finished in sixth.
“Not only is it special for our guys, it is really special for our program and our school,” Pomona coach Sam Federico said.
Discovery Canyon came up short in its bid to win the 4A team title, finishing in second to Broomfield 140.5-129.5. The Thunder were in first place after the semifinal round on Friday night, and had four wrestlers advance to the finals. But only A.J. Rees at 120 pounds was able to win his title match and Broomfield was able to jump ahead in the final standings.
In other action:
• Discovery Canyon's Sam Turner fell to Dalton Robertson of Weld County 11-9 in the 4A 106 final. Turner trailed 11-5 with 15 seconds left before hitting a 4-point move to almost pull off the comeback. Robertston, a freshman, finished the year undefeated.
• The Thunder picked up their only individual title at 120 pounds as A.J. Rees scored an 11-5 decision over Marcus Martinez of Pueblo South in the finals. Rees used a dominating third period to break open a close match and secure the crown.
• ThunderRidge senior Kyndall Rutz fell to Jess Harkin of Coronado 6-2 in the Class 5A 113 pound final. It was only the second loss for Rutz all season. Rutz had dominated his opponents at state up until that point, winning with two tech falls (20-4 in the first round, 19-4 in the semifinals) and an 11-0 major decision in the quarterfinals.
“I beat him a week ago at regionals,” Rutz said. “I just didn’t go out and wrestle the match I needed to.”
• Cherry Creek’s Mitch Finesilver picked up the 120 pound championship, edging Adrian Coronado 3-0. Finesilver finished the year with a 47-2 record. “It feels good to come out on top,” Finesilver said. “It feels great.”
• Bear Creek’s P.T. Garcia scored a 10-5 victory over Devon Zavala of Denver East in the 5A 132-pound final to capture his second consecutive state championship.
• Mountain Range’s Randy Boerner lost a controversial decision at 152 pounds, falling to Alex Smith of Pine Creek 3-1 in overtime. The official awarded Smith a questionable stall point near the end of regulation to knot things up at 1-1 before Smith scored a takedown in OT to win it.
“I should have taken first,” Boerner said. “That was a bogus call.”
• Ponderosa won back to back titles as Dylan Gabel edged David Chitwood of Horizon 3-1 for the 170 pound title, and Corry Williams knocked off Joel Hernandez of Brighton 7-1 at 182.
• Valor Christian’s Chaz Polson dropped a heartbreaker to Zach Stodden of Broomfield in the 4A 170 pound finals, giving up a reversal in the final 15 seconds of the match to lose 3-2.
• Arvada’s Garet Krohn closed out one of the most dominating seasons in recent history, scoring a 24-9 tech fall over David Traynor of Discovery Canyon in the 4A 195 pound final. Krohn was named the outstanding wrestler of the year for 4A.
• Golden heavyweight Dakota Gulley closed out the night for local wrestlers in grand fashion, pinning Robert Bishop-Cotner of Windsor to win the 4A title.
"I was actually pretty scared before the match, I thought (Bishop-Cotner) wanted it more than I did," Gulley said. "I'm just happy I got it done."
• Discovery Canyon’s Ron Sukle was named the 4A outstanding coach of the year; Pomona’s Federico was named 5A outstanding coach.
State Championship Matches
113 – Jess Harkin, Coronado, def. Kyndall Rutz, ThunderRidge, 6-2
120 – Mitch Finesilver, Cherry Creek def. Adrian Cordova, Coronado, 3-0
132 – P.T. Garcia, Bear Creek, def. Devon Zavala, Denver East, 10-5
138 – Geordan Martinez, Pine Creek, major decision Austin Marvel, Pomona, 10-0
152 – Alex Smith, Pine Creek, def. Randy Boerner, Mountain Range, 3-1 OT
160 – Archie Colgan, Pomona, def. Austen Lindsay, Fossil Ridge, 7-5
170 – Dylan Gabel, Ponderosa, def. David Chitwood, Horizon, 3-1
182 – Corry Williams, Ponderosa, def. Joel Hernandez, Brighton, 7-1
195 – Grant Neal, Regis Jesuit, def. Payton Tapia, Fossil Ridge, 3-2
106 – Dalton Robertson, Weld Central, def. Sam Turner, Discovery Canyon, 11-9
120 – A.J. Rees, Discovery Canyon, def. Marcus Martinez, Pueblo South, 11-5
145 – Phil Downing, Broomfield, major dec. Tyler Oberg, Discovery Canyon, 10-1
170 – Zach Stodden, Broomfield, def. Chaz Polson, Valor Christian, 3-2
195 – Garet Krohn, Arvada, tech fall David Traynor, Discovery Canyon, 24-9
285 – Dakota Gulley, Golden, pinned Robert Bishop-Cotner, Windsor,
126 –Aaron Cisneros, Jefferson, tech fall Joseph Prieto, Holy Family, 18-1
138 – Andrew Register, The Classical Academy, pinned Jesse Head, Hotchkiss, 3:59
103 – Ryan Deakin, Legacy, def. Tomas Gutierrez, Pomona, 7-2 OT
113 – Kade Snider, Ponderosa, def. Travis Torres, Pomona, 8-3
120 – Joshua Rosales, Pomona, def. Jerry Trujillo, Arvada West, 5-3
126 – Payton Tawater, Arvada West, dec. Zach Finesilver, Cherry Creek, 5-2
132 – Raymond Robledo, Pomona, def. Shederick Boyd, Greeley West, 1-0
145 – Alec Wyatt, Prairie View, dec. Torry Williams, Ponderosa, 6-3 OT
152 – Kelton Good, Ponderosa, def. Karl Breidencbach, Columbine, 6-5
160 – Connor Casady, Legacy, maj. dec. Jordan Brown, Grandview, 11-1
170 – Tony Silva-Bussey, Arvada West, pinned Colton Fries, Legend, 2:24
182 – Dalton Weis, Loveland, def. Jack Lindsay, Douglas County, 2-0
195 – Joey Garcia, Lakewood, dec. Tracy Hancock, Fountain, 4-2 OT
220 – Jakob Buys, Ralston Valley, forfeit Nick Deburyn, Lakewood
285 – Dane Drimmer, Chaparral, pinned Mike Howshar, Eaglecrest, 1:13
120 – Gavril Houston, Elizabeth, def. Aaron Carrera, Pueblo East, 4-2 OT
132 – Steve Turner, Discovery Canyon pinned Travis Myers, Pueblo West, 3:26
152 – John Holst, Valor Christian, def. Keenan Willits, Pueblo County, 6-5
170 – Adrian Mack, Discovery Canyon, def. Caleb Cuneio, Air Academy, 3-1
113 – Vincent Casados, Holy Family, def. Austin Shank, Olathe, 5-1
120 – Julian Prieto, Holy Family, pinned Trenton Piatt, Olathe, 3:00
220 – Jacob Ornelas, Florence, pinned Daniel Janson, Holy Family, 4:42
285 – Jesse Lucero, Jefferson, pinned Hayden Bickel, Lajunta, 4:39
103 – Frank Martinez, Chaparral, pinned Anthony Cortez, Horizon, 3:44
113 – Maurisio Garcia, Northglenn, pinned Isaac Arellano, Ralston Valley, 1:40
120 – Keaton Reed, Chaparral, def. Adrian Delacruz, Greeley West, 11-9
126 – Devan Cruz, Coronado, def. Lucas Vagher, Pomona, 6-4
132 – Jake Thayer, Chatfield, def. Bennie Pachello, Arvada West, 8-5
138 – Taylor Bergquist, Arvada West, def. Thaddeus Hayes, Doherty, 8-2
152 – Mason Harms, Cherry Creek, def. Harley Korte, Cherokee Trail, 10-5
160 – T.J. Campbell, Pine Creek, def. Tanner Olson, Ponderosa, 10-5
182 – Sam Smith, Coronado, def. Corky Phillips, Bear Creek, 4-1
220 – Skylar McWee, Legacy, def. Dexter Bess, Smoky Hill, 4-3
285 – Jorge Rodriguez, Mountain Range, pinned Josh Vigil-Harrison, Grandview, 1:38
160 – Vinny Gonzales, Windsor, def. Thomas Chisholm, Woodland Park, 8-7
170 – Joseph Glenn, Lewis-Palmer, pinned Joseph Keller, Windsor, 4:05
113 – Michael Johnson, Lamar, def. Jordan Birch, The Classical Academy, 6-3