State wrestling results, first round
T-Lane Mazzola, Hayden, def. David Torres, Manzanola, fall 5:56
Miguel Torres, Burlington, def. Lauryn Bruggink, Soroco, 9-2
Chad Terry, Hayden, def. Brandon Brown, Sargent, 5-2
Cody Duran, Antonito, def. Scott Armbruster, Hayden, 8-6
Nick Williams, Hayden, def. Dave McCombs, Wiggins, fall 3:16
Jacob Flores, Arvada, def. Casey Williams, Steamboat, 15-3
Angel Ramos, Rocky Ford, def. David Strait, Soroco, 9-3
Koleman Williams, Hayden, def. Darrin Legerstrom, Ignacio, fall 0:51
Treyben Letlow, Hayden, def. Preston Harris, Akron, fall 5:47
Isaiah Churchwell, Burlington, def. Will Valora, Hayden, fall 3:17
First matches today
Bruggink, 20-7, vs. Cameron Ham, Custer County, 9-19
Mazzola, 27-8, vs. Tanner Watkins, Cripple Creek, 15-9
Terry, 31-9, vs. Ricky Long, Rocky Ford, 31-10
Armbruster, 19-17, vs. Nathan Schroeder, Wiggins, 27-11
Nick Williams, 22-13, vs. Jon Duran, Antonito, 22-3
Casey Williams, 25-11, vs. Aaron Shaffer, Longmont, 31-11
Strait, 24-10, vs. Tanner Thomson, Stratton, 21-6
Koleman Williams, 19-14, vs. Aaron Erker, Wiggins, 34-2
Letlow, 33-0, vs. Mark Schroeder, Swink, 27-10
Valora, 8-21, vs. Jacob Adolph, Mountain Valley, 14-14
It took several comebacks and a day of solid wrestling, but thanks to a strong showing Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Class 2A wrestling tournament in Denver, the Hayden wrestling team is poised for a strong weekend.
The Tigers had five of their seven entries in the three-day event at the Pepsi Center advance to the quarterfinal round, which starts at 10 a.m. today. The team is sixth.
The school’s winners: T-Lane Mazzola at 103 pounds, Chad Terry at 119, Nick Williams at 135, Koleman Williams at 152 and Treyben Letlow at 215.
“We had a good day. The kids came out, and they looked like they were ready to wrestle, and that bodes well for us,” Hayden coach Ty Camilletti said.
Hayden truly flexed its muscle in the matches from Terry, Koleman Williams and Letlow. Terry won in a 5-2 decision. Koleman Williams pinned his opponent in 51 seconds, and Letlow dispatched his in the third period.
It was the matches of Mazzola and Nick Williams that defined the day as a success, however.
Mazzola, a freshman, admitted to being in awe when he set foot in the cavernous Pepsi Center, the lights and video boards glowing bright and lighting up the 10 wrestling mats on the arena’s floor.
He wrestled like that at first, too, and fell behind David Torres, of Manzanola. He trailed late into the third period but managed a match-saving rally. He scored a reversal to pull within one and was set to take the lead with a three-point near-takedown when he finished the job, notching a pin with four seconds remaining.
“T-Lane, he just kept working on him,” Camilletti said. “He kept wrestling, and he got it taken care of. If he had stopped for one second, that other kid would have run the time out and won the match. T-Lane didn’t let him.”
Nick Williams was taken down early and trailed throughout his match against Dave McCombs, of Wiggins. He was behind two, 7-5, when he caught McCombs with a move and quickly got the pin.
“This feels great — a lot better than last year,” said Williams, who exited the state tournament in two matches a year ago. “I was a little worried there. I made some mistakes, but I’m going to be ready for my next match now.”
The day wasn’t as good for 125-pounder Scott Armbruster or 285-pounder Will Valora.
Armbruster lost a close match, battling back from a 5-0 hole. He logged a takedown with 19 seconds remaining to pull within one, 7-6, but couldn’t tie or take the lead and lost by two, 8-6.
Valora, meanwhile, struggled against Isaiah Churchwell, of Burlington, a favorite to advance to the championship match.
Churchwell repeatedly took Valora down, but couldn’t maneuver the Hayden freshman into position for the pin at first. Valora scored two points via escapes. Churchwell finally found the right combination in the second period, however, and got the pin.
The championship bracket will be wrestled through the semifinals today, and the first two rounds of the consolation bracket will be contested.
Soroco hopes to improve in consolation bracket
It wasn’t the start to the state tournament the Soroco wrestling team dreamed of, but despite both its wrestlers falling to the consolation bracket, the team remained confident that today could be a good day for the Rams.
Sophomore 103-pounder Lauryn Bruggink and 140-pound junior David Strait lost by decisions.
Bruggink was simply outscored in her match, falling behind early and losing, 9-2, to Miguel Torres, of Burlington.
“I left it all out there,” Bruggink said. “I wrestled my match. I’m disappointed because I lost, but I really left it all out there.”
She gets a second chance in the tournament today when she will face off against Cameron Ham, of Custer County, who was pinned in the first round of his opening match.
A win could make Bruggink the first girl to win a match at the state tournament, but that’s an element she’s worked to downplay. She shunned interviewers from Front Range newspapers and Denver television stations, trying to maintain her focus.
Still, if being the “first girl” is a label she covets, she might do well to work fast. Bruggink is one of two who will be working today in the 2A 103-pound consolation round. She’s routinely beat the other, Cody Pfau, of Meeker, but Pfau has a good draw in the consolation bracket and is a heavy favorite in her first match.
Areil Oster, of Byers, also will wrestle in the 103-pound bracket today.
“Lauryn wrestled really well. She wrestled really tough and hung well with a tough kid,” Soroco coach Jay Whaley said. “Now I think she’s going to win a match. If she comes out and wrestles tough, she can beat this kid.”
Strait was equally optimistic after being similarly outmuscled in his match. Rocky Ford’s Angel Ramos notched a first-period takedown then quickly maneuvered Strait around the mat, racking up a 7-0 lead with a number of near falls.
Strait managed to score three points of his own in the third period and even slung Ramos to his back for several short stretches. It wasn’t enough, however, and he lost, 9-3.
“I had some opportunities with him on his back, but I couldn’t capitalize,” Strait said.
Steamboat freshman falls, will wrestle this afternoon
Steamboat freshman Casey Williams flew at his first-round opponent, Jacob Flores, of Arvada, from the opening whistle, and he maintained that tempo throughout the first round of his match.
Flores was quick on his feet, strong for his weight and battling with three years of experience on Williams, and eventually that won the day. Williams, Steamboat’s lone entry into the Class 4A state tournament, lost his opening-round match, 15-3.
“I need to be more confident in my moves. I was a little scared to try something there,” Williams said. “I wrestled well in the first period but still need to be more confident.”
Williams will get a chance to work his way through the consolation bracket starting this afternoon.
“For a first match at state for a freshman, that was pretty good,” Steamboat coach Shane Yeager said. “He’ll come back (today), and I think he’ll wrestle really well.”