DENVER — Brighton’s Dylan Bravo-Packer completed a sweep of pinfall wins through the 220-pound bracket at the state 5A wrestling tournament tonight. The result is a state championship.
Bravo-Packer (39-3) capped off his run through the tournament with a pin of Haegun Hoffschneider of Ponderosa in 4:48, the longest amount of time Bravo-Packer had to be on the mat. His first-round win against Adonis Burkes Colter of Rock Canyon took 1:21. His quarterfinal win over Lukas Villalobos of Prairie took 2:53. The semifinal pin of Regis Jesuit’s Dirk Morley took 1:50.
DJ Rock took fifth at 152 poiunds. Rock, who pinned his first two opponents in a combined time of a bit more than five minutes, lost in the semifinals to Pommona’s Daniel Cardenas. Aiden Cartwright beat Rock 6-1 in the consolation semifinals. Rock (25-12) beat Adams City’s Seth Deaguero by pinfall in the fifth-place match.
Braden Heinz, Brighton’s 113-pounder, split his first state-level matches. He beat Murphy Harris of Grand Junction in the opening round and got past Elijah Griego of Lakewood 1-0 in overtime in the second consolation round. Heinz finished with a record of 29-15.
Soloman Smouse (27-15) did not win either of his matches at state. Josiah Gallegos (39-11) got to the third round of the consolation bracket at 126 pounds before his tournament came to an end. Gallegos’ wins were against Thornton’s Christopher Moreno in the opening round and against Antonio Beall of Monarch in the second round of consolation matches.
At 132 pounds, Kaden Jousego (8-20) didn’t win either of his state-level matches. Sam Rock, Brighton’s 145-pounder, split four matches and did not places. His wins were against Jackson white of Heritage in the opening round and against legacy’s Kaiden Sullivan in the second round of the consolation bracket. Rock finished the season with a record of 25-12.
Izaiah Schoepp made it to the third round of consolation matches at 160 pounds before his tournament ended. His two wins were in that bracket. One was a pinfall of Arvada West’s Wyatt Blomquist, and the other was a 5-2 decision over Treye Dishener of Pine Creek. Schoepp finished with a record of 25-10.