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Holly’s Tripp DuVall gets the pin in the third place match in Crowley County at 150 lbs.
Shelley Hasser

Three Holly Wrestlers Place at Crowley County Invitational


By John Contreras

February 9, 2024

The Holly Wildcats wrestling team competed in the 2024 Crowley County Charger Invitational held on Saturday, Feb. 3 to wrap up the regular season.

The tournament was a final tune-up before the state-qualifying Region 3 tournament on Feb. 9-10 in La Junta.

Holly's Kayden Esparza at 120 lbs. wrestling at the Charger Invitational on Saturday. Shelley Hasser

 

The Crowley County tournament team scores were as follows:

Pueblo County 22.5, County Line 113.5, Swink 109.5, Las Animas 83.5, Crowley County 81.5, Custer County 69, Holly 52.5, Rocky Ford 49.5, Baca County 40.5, Byers 40, Ellicott 40, Stratton 28, Simla 24, Hanover 10, Manzanola 10.

Individual Results for Holly

Tripp DuVall (38-4) placed 3rd at150

Jessie Pizarro (22-16) placed 4th at 157

Brandon Herrera (7-13) placed 3rd at 165.

In the championship semifinals at 150, Class 4A #3 state-ranked Tony Macaluso (36-3) Pueblo County) won by a 16-0 tech fall in the third period over 1A #1 state-ranked Tripp DuVall (38-4) of Holly.

The Holly wrestling team will now gear up for the 2A state-qualifying Region 3 Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10 at Otero Jr. College in La Junta.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class qualifies for the 2024 Colorado State Wrestling Championship slated for Feb. 15-17 at Ball Arena in Denver.

Holly Individual Results

113

Lucien Gianino (6-24) did not place:

  • Champ. Round 1–Lucien Gianino (Holly) 6-24 received a bye
  • Quarterfinal–Brogan Bartholomew (Pueblo County) 26-13 won by fall over Lucien Gianino (Holly) 6-24 (Fall 1:08)
  • Cons. Round 2–Lucien Gianino (Holly) 6-24 received a bye
  • Cons. Round 3–Porter Snyder (Byers) 3-1 won by fall over Lucien Gianino (Holly) 6-24 (Fall 2:00

120

Kaden Esparza (14-23) did not place:

  • Champ. Round 1–Kaden Esparza (Holly) 14-23 won by tech fall over Troy McPherson (Byers) 0-2 (TF-1.5 5:03 (16-0)
  • Quarterfinal–Wyatt Faris (Pueblo County) 28-13 won by fall over Kaden Esparza (Holly) 14-23 (Fall 3:37)
  • Cons. Round 2–Kaden Esparza (Holly) 14-23 won by fall over Gaije Sgambati (Hanover) 2-5 (Fall 1:50)
  • Cons. Round 3–Logan Marshall (Swink) 9-21 won by fall over Kaden Esparza (Holly) 14-23 (Fall 3:50)

138

Colton Deforest (11-23) did not place:

  • Champ. Round 1–Colton Deforest (Holly) 11-23 won by major decision over Alex Baril (Simla) 2-16 (MD 10-0)
  • Quarterfinal–Jason Hemsath (Custer County) 23-9 won by fall over Colton Deforest (Holly) 11-23 (Fall 1:26)
  • Cons. Round 2–Colton Deforest (Holly) 11-23 won by decision over Jaden Self (County Line) 6-12 (Dec 6-0)
  • Cons. Round 3–Javin Summers (Swink) 4-16 won by decision over Colton Deforest (Holly) 11-23 (Dec 13-7)

150

Walker Neugebauer (6-21) did not place:

  • Quarterfinal–Riggin Kinslow-Smart (Las Animas) 13-11 won by fall over Walker Neugebauer (Holly) 6-21 (Fall 0:28)
  • Cons. Round 1–Derek Powell (Swink) 9-13 won by fall over Walker Neugebauer (Holly) 6-21 (Fall 0:25)
  • 150–Tripp DuVall (38-4) placed 3rd:
  • Quarterfinal–Tripp DuVall (Holly) 38-4 won by fall over Stockton Fye (Stratton) 28-10 (Fall 2:45)
  • Semifinal – 4A #3 state-ranked Tony Macaluso (Pueblo County) 36-3 won by tech fall over 1A #1 state-ranked Tripp DuVall (Holly) 38-4 (TF-1.5 5:50 (16-0))
  • Cons. Semi–Tripp DuVall (Holly) 38-4 won by fall over Derek Powell (Swink) 9-13 (Fall 2:18)
  • 3rd Place Match–Tripp DuVall (Holly) 38-4 won by injury default over Stockton Fye (Stratton) 28-10

157

Jessie Pizarro (22-16) placed 4th:

  • Quarterfinal–Jessie Pizarro (Holly) 22-16 won by fall over Cason Shults (Simla) 11-10 (Fall 1:10)
  • Semifinal–Jedrek Howarth (Ellicott) 25-10 won by fall over Jessie Pizarro (Holly) 22-16 (Fall 4:48)
  • Cons. Semi–Jessie Pizarro (Holly) 22-16 won by fall over Noah Summers (Swink) 14-17 (Fall 1:40)
  • 3rd Place Match–Aidan Holloran (Crowley County) 17-4 won by fall over Jessie Pizarro (Holly) 22-16 (Fall 1:00)

165

Brandon Herrera (7-13) placed 3rd:

  • Round 1–Caleb Mobley (Las Animas) 17-17 won by decision over Brandon Herrera (Holly) 7-13 (Dec 12-9)
  • Round 2–Brandon Herrera (Holly) 7-13 won by fall over Beau Suppes (Byers) 0-5 (Fall 1:20)
  • Round 3–Brandon Herrera (Holly) 7-13 won by fall over Benjamin Torres (County Line) 2-15 (Fall 1:01)
  • Round 4–Corbyn Martin (Custer County) 13-9 won by fall over Brandon Herrera (Holly) 7-13 (Fall 1:40)
  • Round 5–Brandon Herrera (Holly) 7-13 won by fall over Remi Graves (County Line) 5-23 (Fall 0:46)

190

Isaac Splitter (10-23) did not place:

  • Quarterfinal–John Rusher (Crowley County) 21-18 won by fall over Isaac Splitter (Holly) 10-23 (Fall 3:44)
  • Cons. Round 1–Isaac Splitter (Holly) 10-23 received a bye
  • Cons. Semi–William Pacino (County Line) 25-10 won by fall over Isaac Splitter (Holly) 10-23 (Fall 3:39)
Isaac Splitter from Holly looking for a takedown in the 190 lb. division at the Charger Invitational Tournament in Crowley County. Shelley Hasser

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