Platte Valley Broncos
The Broncos will be gunning for a half dozen state qualifiers and a top 5 team finish in this regional.
Junior 160-pounder Josh Yancey should be a near-lock to qualify for next week’s state tournament, and this regional will serve as a fine indicator of what it could take for him to win a state title next week.
He’s ranked fourth in his weight class by On The Mat. He’ll share this region with three other top-5 ranked wrestlers: Valley’s Jaziah Whaley, Bennett’s Mac Copeland and Fort Lupton’s Koby Galicia.
This is likely the most talent-laden weight class of this region and one of the most loaded weight classes of any regional tournament.
Senior 182-pounder Colton Moore is also a near-lock to earn a state berth, and he’s likely the favorite to win this regional.
Junior heavyweight Jayden Wertz would have to upset University’s Emanuel Munoz-Alcala to win this regional. But, like Yancey and Moore, it would be a surprise if Wertz didn’t earn one of the region’s four state berths.
Freshman 120-pounder Orrin Jackson, sophomore 152-pounder Jed Sidwell and sophomore 195-pounder Jeremiah Garcia should be right on the bubble.
Resurrection Christian Cougars
Like Estes Park, the Cougars don’t really have the numbers to contend in the team standings at this regional, and those modest numbers will likely become even more modest next week at state.
Resurrection Christian had just one state qualifier a year ago, then-senior 220-pounder Ryan Hecker.
With Hecker having moved on, the Cougars don’t really have anyone on their roster who is a sure bet to make it to state next week.
Freshman Eddie Lemos is probably Resurrection Christian’s best bet, at 132 pounds.
The Tigers may be one of the biggest sleepers in this region and in 3A overall.
Sterling has six wrestlers who are near-locks to make it to state — sophomore 113-pounder Moises Rivas, junior 120-pounder Jeremiah DeLeon, senior 126-pounder Zach Loft, sophomore 132-pounder Riley Bornhoft, senior 138-pounder Isaac DeLeon and junior 220-pounder Drew Book. The Tigers have at least one more wrestler — freshman 106-pounder Casteus Combs — who is on the bubble.
Rivas, Loft and Book could bring home regional championships for Sterling, but they’ll be well challenged at this regional.
The Tigers should also be in the hunt for a top 3 finish in the region’s team standings.
A year ago, Sterling had seven state qualifiers and tied for 23rd in the team standings. The Tigers could surpass both of those marks this year.