The 2019 2A Region 4 Wrestling Tournament was the place to be for exciting matches as the Rivals would qualify 7 of their athletes for the Big Show next week in Denver. The team scored 137 points to give them a 4th place finish. Rocky Ford would run away with the 1st Place trophy with 232 points, Crowley County was 2nd with 160.5 and Trinidad would place 3rd with 148.
Jayce Bauer is still sporting a perfect record with his three matches at 220 pounds. Tim Sullivan from Buena Vista went down in 1:04, Lane Walter from Crowley County suffered a 4-1 decision loss and Ethan Dustrude from Calhan was pinned in 3:44. The Wiley Senior sits on top of the 220-pound 2A bracket with a 38-0 record and will be facing off against Sorocco junior, Tristan Singer, who is entered with a 20-15 record. This match will take place during the first round beginning at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, in the Pepsi Center.
McClave Senior, Dawson Roesch was looking for a 1st place finish but was upended by Jesus Diaz from Trinidad in the championship match, 5-4. Roesch got to the finals with a 5:41 pin over Justin Wright from Baca County. The Rival enters the State Tournament with a 32-3 record and will be facing Cesar Pedregon from Ignacio with a 25-11 record during first round action on Thursday.
Eads Freshman, Chase Stolzenberger was the #1 seed in the heavyweight bracket and with a win over Guadalupe Molina-Garcias from Trinidad, Stolzenberger was awaiting the championship match with Scott Torres from Lotus (a charter school in the Aurora area is what I was told). Torres got the jump on our Rival and he was called pinned in 1:53. Finishing up regionals in 2nd place with a 13-19 record put Stolzenberger on the bracket against Ramon Romero, a 13-20 Senior from Dolores Huerta.
Eads Sophomore, Aiden Michael was in a 16-man bracket and he opened with a bye, then faced Enrique Baca from Buena Vista. Michael had the pin in 5:19 and advanced to the semis to go head-to-head with Santino Mendoza from Rocky Ford. The match wasn’t called until Mendoza got the takedown in overtime, 6-4. Sliding over to the consolation side the Rival met up with Zeke Buker from Kiowa and Michael was getting his hand raise at 3:53. Tanner Howells from Crowley County fell victim to the sophomore, 5-3, giving Michael the 3rd place regional finish. Michael is in the bottom of the 138-pound state bracket and enters with a 35-6 record. His opponent for Thursday action will be with Mountain Valley Senior, Isiah Wellman with a 24-11 record.
Another Eads Sophomore put on a great showing in the 160-pound bracket as Zackary Fowler took the Rocky Ford Junior, Isiah Garcia to the final buzzer and only fell short 2 points, 7-5. He managed a pin over Jackson Firebaugh from Peyton in 3:36 putting him up against Zach Auchterlonie from Crowley County in the 3rd/4th place match. Fowler got the pin in 2:09 giving him the higher spot on the awards stands. Fowler sports a 17-10 record and goes up against 29-4 Paonia Junior, Grey Neal, for 1st round action Thursday.
McClave junior, A.J. Wilk earned his way to the state tournament the nail-biting way. He finished in 4th place but was challenged by the 5th place finisher. To add a little more excitement to the match it went overtime but the Rival was able to get the takedown and declared the victor with a 3-1 decision. His other matches included an 8-1 decision loss to Grayden Flint from Holly; a pin over Zak Cobb from Peyton in 0:45; and a 1-0 decision loss to Jim Gabriel from Buena Vista in the 3rd/4th place match. Wilk, 12-14, will face #1 seed Jace Logan, a 27-1 Senior, from Sorocco on Thursday.
Senior Jonathan Burbank also turn the longest route to the state tournament as he drew #2 seed, Austin Crum from Holly in the quarters. He took the Holly senior all six minutes but fell by major decision, 12-4. JoAllen Baker from Crowley County would then go down at the hands of this Rival, 6-1; Kaden McFee from Buena Vista would be next to fall in 5:20 then Adam Nolte from Swink dropped Burbank into 5th/6th place with his pin in 0:57. With a 5th place finish over William Wood from Ellicott in 4:13, Burbank was able to challenge 4th place finisher, Chris Ortivez from Trinidad. The Trinidad Senior would give up his ticket to state as he was pinned in 2:50. Burbank, 27-18, will compete with Tyler Vigil, 41-6 Senior, from Monte Vista for 1st round action Thursday.
Two seniors, one from Wiley and one from McClave wrestled their last matches for their high school careers in LaJunta during this regional tournament. Samuel Adams was eliminated with a 1:00 pin to Tach Brewer from Crowley County and a 12-6 decision loss to Heath Edinger from Ellicott. Sam Wollert suffered his first loss from David Medina from Rocky Ford by major decision, 10-1 and then Evan Worley from Cheyenne Wells ended his season with a 6-2 decision. These two young men will be missed.
Wiley Sophomore, Tate Krentz was eliminated as Dillon Jaramillo from Rocky Ford got the pin in 1:25; won by major decision, 15-2, over Mike Lopez from Ellicott; lost by decision, 7-2, to Guerillmo Felthager from Trinidad; and lost by pin to Jed Garcia from Swink in 3:55.
Another Wiley Sophomore, Cade Zordel faced elimination with a 1st round loss by fall to Kaleb Fisher from Swink in 2:56; won by pin over Brandon Hussey from Peyton in 3:23 and lost by decision to Chris DeLuca from Buena Vista, 5-0.
Eads Junior, Angel Medina was the last Rival to be sent home with a 1st round loss to Jesse Tapia from Rocky Ford in 1:24; lost by decision, 8-4, to Abe Rosales from Holly; won by pin over Antonio Reza from Peyton for 5th place in 4:50 but was unable to challenge.
These three young men will be a great asset to the team next year as they can come back stronger, more experienced, and hungry for the new journey.
PHOTO 1: Roesch vs. Wright of Baca County in Semi-Final Match
PHOTO 2: Stolzenberger vs Molina-Garcias of Trinidad in Semi-Final Match
PHOTO 3: Michael vs Buker of Kiowa