Estes Park Bobcats
» One state qualifier: 106-pounder Elijah Kitchen, soph. (3rd, 29-4)
» Wrestler to watch: Kitchen is the Bobcats’ lone qualifier.
» Playbook prediction: Estes Park won’t have a placewinner and it will finish in the bottom 10 of team scores.
Platte Valley Broncos
» Five state qualifiers: 106-pounder Nicholas Dill, soph. (4th, 17-17); 120-pounder Orrin Jackson, fr. (3rd, 27-14); 160-pounder Josh Yancey, jr. (2nd, 24-9); 182-pounder Colton Moore, sr. (1st, 26-7); 195-pounder Jeremiah Garcia, soph. (1st, 21-11).
» Wrestler to watch: Moore is ranked fourth at 182 by On The Mat and has a legit shot of making it to the finals.
» Playbook prediction: Moore will fall just short of a state title, despite an impressive showing, and the Broncos will place 20th in the team standings.
Resurrection Christian Cougars
» One state qualifier: 132-pounder Eddie Lemos, fr. (4th, 25-16)
» Wrestler to watch: Lemos is the Cougars’ only state qualifier.
» Playbook prediction: The Cougars will place in the bottom 10 and will not have an individual placewinner. Still, this will serve as quality experience for Lemos in his freshman season.
» 10 state qualifiers: 106-pounder Casteus Combs, fr. (2nd, 18-14); 113-pounder Moises Rivas, soph. (1st, 20-6); 126-pounder Zach Loft, sr. (1st, 36-2); 132-pounder Riley Bornhoft, soph. (2nd, 23-6); 138-pounder Isaac De Leon, sr. (2nd, 23-7); 152-pounder Traevonn Walton, sr. (4th, 23-14); 182-pounder Tate Green, sr. (4th, 20-17); 195-pounder Eleazer Chavez, sr.. (4th, 14-11); 220-pounder Drew Book, jr. (1st, 31-3); Heavyweight Austin Garcia, soph. (4th, 5-13).
» Wrestler to watch: Loft is a legitimate state title contender and is ranked second at 126 behind Alamosa’s Joe Chavez. His only two losses are against Pagosa Springs’ James Thomas, who now wrestles in a different weight class than Loft, and Valley’s Zach Brown, who is also in a higher weight class.
» Playbook prediction: Sterling will finish eighth in the team standings, won’t have an individual state champion but will have plenty of placewinners.
» Three state qualifiers: 145-pounder Josh Anderson, sr. (3rd, 22-11); 220-pounder Sebastian Cortez, soph. (4th, 13-15); Heavyweight Emanuel Munoz-Alcala, jr. (1st, 34-3)
» Wrestler to watch: After missing this past season with a serious knee injury, Munoz-Alcala has positioned himself as a real threat to win a state title. He’s ranked third by On The Mat behind Alamosa’s Logan Thompson and Eaton’s Jeremy Murano.
» Playbook prediction: University places in the bottom third of the team standings but they crown an individual champion in Munoz-Alcala.