Bruggink falls in consolation round
Soroco High School freshman Lauryn Bruggink lost her consolation round match today at the Class 2A state wrestling tournament in Denver.
Bruggink lost, 6-1, to David Torres, of Manzanola, who has a 17-15 record.
The 103-pound wrestler was vying to become the first girl to win a match at the state tournament. Bruggink's record is now 14-13.
The Hayden High School wrestling team was a long shot to place at the Class 2A state wresting tournament, but the squad now has a chance to do just that.
All the Tigers have to do is keep winning.
Hayden was second in the Class 2A standings after this morning's quarterfinal round. The team leapt to such heights after all five Tigers remaining in the championship draw advanced.
Chad Terry at 103 pounds, Jake Magee at 152, Mitch Doolin at 160, Coy Letlow at 189 and Treyben Letlow at 215 all will wrestle in the state semifinals, starting at 7:15 p.m.
Another win would give the wrestlers a chance to grapple for a state championship, while a loss would cast them into a match for third place.
"To get five into the semifinals, that's pretty awesome," Hayden coach Ty Zabel said. "This is the best we've ever done."
Wiggins leads the 2A standings with 58 points. Hayden is second with 53 and Paonia, who won Hayden's regional a week ago, is third with 48.5 points.
Terry, a freshman, helped jumpstart the big morning.
Wrestling in his second match of the tournament, Terry nabbed his second pin, sticking Miguel Torres of Burlington with 36 seconds remaining in the second period.
Terry earned a 2-1 lead early, then added another point in the second period with an escape before putting on the final moves.
Both wrestlers fought from their feet before tumbling to the mat. Terry managed to keep his balance for a half-second longer, however, and landed on top of Torres. He then grabbed tight on one arm and worked his way under his opponent's back to force his shoulders down into the mat.
"I was just focused, listening to my coaches," Terry said. "I took him down, then I stuck a chicken wing in, then got his other arm and got a double chicken wing and ran it over his head."
Magee, a senior, was next. Though he was the only Tiger to advance without pinning his opponent, he dominated his showdown with Matt Swim of Byers, winning 7-3.
Doolin came the closest of the group to dropping to the consolation bracket.
The 160-pound senior trailed 3-1 in the third period. A stall called against his opponent, Tyler Neel of Rocky Ford, closed the gap to 3-2. Doolin took his first lead in the match, 4-3, moments later with a takedown.
Another stall, this one called against Doolin, tied the match and sent it to overtime.
"I was getting a little worried," Doolin said of his early deficit.
Doolin finally put it away with the extra time. He logged two points for a takedown, then finished Neel off with a pin 34 seconds into overtime.
"That was all heart right there," Zabel said. "All heart."
Letlows stay strong
Coy Letlow at 189 and Treyben Letlow at 215 didn't let their matches get nearly as exciting.
Coy Letlow took a quick 2-0 lead against Adam Montoya of Fowler, then pinned him just 39 seconds into the first period.
Treyben Letlow built an early lead, but didn't pin Reed Jablonski of Sedgwick until late in the third period.
The round was huge for Hayden, but the hurdles will grow larger in tonight's matches.
Terry will face Adam Ortivez, an undefeated wrestler from La Veta who won his quarterfinal match with a 4-1 decision.
Magee will see Luke Wiggins of Paonia. The 25-4 wrestler has already beaten the Hayden senior several times this season.
Doolin will face Andy Taylor, who improved to 31-4 on the season with a second-round pin in the quaterfinals.
Coy Letlow will wrestle Tyler Davis of Wiggins, who's 34-2 and the second seed in the tournament.
Treyben Letlow will face Isaiah Churchwell of Burlington, who's 36-4 this season.
"It doesn't get any easier from here," Zabel said. "We have some tough matches in there."
The Tigers in the consolation bracket didn't fare nearly as well.
Senior Mitch VeDepo at 130 pounds was the only one of the four to advance.
The second round of the consolation bracket is at 5:45 p.m. tonight.
Scott Armbruster at 119 pounds, Nick Williams at 125 and Koleman Williams at 145 all were pinned.
"I was hoping to get more through the backside," Zabel said. "A few more wins there would have helped us."
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