Region 2 at Platte Valley HS
Estes Park — The Bobcats came into this regional with just three wrestlers. Fortunately for Estes Park, all three of those wrestlers are still in contention, including sophomore 106-pound semifinalist Elijah Kitchen (27-3). The Bobcats scored 19 team points and are 11th in the 14-team standings.
Platte Valley — The Broncos finished Day 1 in the top 5 but may have trouble moving any further up the 14-team standings. Platte Valley has 57 points, well behind fourth-place Fort Morgan’s 70.5. The Broncos have five wrestlers in today’s championship semifinals: sophomore 106-pounder Nicholas Dill (16-15), freshman 120-pounder Orrin Jackson (25-13), junior 160-pounder Josh Yancey (23-8), senior 182-pounder Colton Moore (24-7) and sophomore 195-pounder Jeremiah Garcia (19-11). Five other Platte Valley wrestlers are competing today in consolations with a chance to earn one of the region’s four state tournament berths.
Resurrection Christian — The Cougars will no doubt savor their chances at state tournament berths today. There likely won’t be too many opportunities. Of the 10 wrestlers Resurrection Christian brought to the regional, only five remain alive in the tournament. That includes championship semifinalist freshman 132-pounder Eddie Lemos (24-14). With 12 team points, the Cougars are 13th out of 14th in the team standings.
Sterling — If the Tigers were a legitimate sleeper in 3A, they probably aren’t a sleeper at all anymore. With a strong first day, Sterling is on pace for a regional title, scoring 90 points to top second-place Berthoud (83). Twelve of the Tigers’ 14 wrestlers are still in contention today. Eleven of those are in the championship semifinals: freshman 106-pounder Casteus Combs (17-13), sophomore 113-pounder Moises Rivas (18-6), senior 126-pounder Zach Loft (34-2), sophomore 132-pounder Riley Bornhoft (22-5), senior 138-pounder Isaac De Leon (22-6), senior 152-pounder Traevonn Walton (22-12), senior 182-pounder Tate Green (18-15), senior 195-pounder Eleazer Chavez (13-9), junior 220-pounder Drew Book (29-3) and sophomore heavyweight Austin Garcia (4-11).
University — Looking to qualify a wrestler for state after qualifying none a year ago, University has 10 of its original 11 wrestlers still in contention, including semifinalists senior 145-pounder Josh Anderson (20-10), sophomore 220-pounder Sebastian Cortez (11-13) and talented junior heavyweight Emanuel Munoz-Alcala (32-3). The Bulldogs (31) are eighth in the team standings.
Valley — The Vikings had a bit of a first-place lead midway through competition Friday before the numbers game caught up, with Sterling and Berthoud taking over the top 2 spots. Valley is third with 72 points. The Vikings brought just nine wrestlers to the tournament and eight are in the championship semifinals: junior 106-pounder Angel Rios (21-3), sophomore 113-pounder Javan Valdez (20-8), junior 120-pounder Daniel Matthews (30-7), junior 126-pounder Noah Damian (20-8), sophomore 132-pounder Zach Brown (31-5), sophomore 138-pounder Isaiah Rios (25-1), freshman 152-pounder Colin Brown (37-4) and junior 160-pounder Jaziah Whaley (36-1).