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Lamar to Send Two to Colorado Girls State Wrestling Tournament

By John Contreras

February 16, 2024

Addy Krug and Jaxi Mireles will represent Lamar High School in the 2024 Colorado Girls State Wrestling Championship on Feb. 15-17 at Ball Arena in Denver.

It will mark the first state appearance for Krug, a sophomore.

Mireles, a junior, will make a third straight appearance in the Big Show.

Krug punched her ticket to state by winning the 140-pound crown in the state-qualifying Region 4 Tournament held in Lamar last week.

Mireles earned her ticket to state with a fourth place finish at 190-pounds.

As a team, Lamar placed third in the team standings in a tough Region 4 Tournament.

Lamar head coach Andrew Williams was hoping to qualify more of his wrestlers to state, but many of them hit a road block in the consolation matches.

“I was super happy with our team’s performance and finishing third in one of the toughest regions in the state was a great accomplishment for our team,” he praised. “We placed nine girls in the tournament, but came up a little short on qualifying more girls to the state tournament.”

Also placing in the regional for Lamar were Heather Hancock, 4th at 100; Payton Adamson, 6th at 110; Delorian Bellomy, 6th at 120; Ella Splitter, 6th at 130; Hensley Mireles, 5th at 135; Jacquelyn Avila, 5th at 145; and Ianna Kimble, 6th at 155.

On the road to her regional crown, Krug (39-11) registered four pins. She now has 31 pins to her credit.

In the first round, Krug stuck Jessica Raucho (5-15) of Sierra in 1:25.

In the quarterfinals, she won by a fall in 3:01 over Ruth Ann Morehouse (20-20) of Coronado.

In the semifinals, Krug pinned Lindsay Henggeler (23-6) of Woodland Park in 3:42.

In her first place match, No. 9 state-ranked Krug took care of No. 6 ranked Sophia Flores (29-9) of Discovery Canyon in 1:51.

“Addy has shown an incredible amount of improvement this year,” cited her coach. “She is an outstanding athlete and is on a mission to find the podium at the state tournament.”

In her first match of the state tournament, Krug will face Evelyne Cope, a sophomore, from Gunnison (24-15).

For Mireles it was a tougher road to earn her spot in the state tournament.

She lost her first two matches in the regional by a pin in the championship semifinals and an injury default in the consolation semifinals.

In her match for fifth place, Mireles won by fall in 1:55 over Alicia Rowe (6-13) of Harrison to keep her hopes alive in the regional.

In a wrestle back, Mireles (34-16) won by fall over Miyanna Rouser (14-16) of Fountain–Fort Carson) in 3:32 to finish fourth.

She was in obvious pain with an injury to her left arm but showed grit and determination in the match.

With her arm dangling by her side after the match, Mireles celebrated with her coaches knowing her season would continue.

“Jaxi Mireles didn’t have the tournament she was hoping for but still found a way to get to state,” lauded Coach Williams. “I believe she will bounce back and have a great state tournament. Both Addy and Jaxi have been great leaders and competitors for our team and I’m really proud of them”

In her first match at state, No. 5 state-ranked Mireles drew a tough opponent and will go up against No. 1 state-ranked Elizabeth Sandy, a junior, from Douglas County who sports a 30-6 record.

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