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Who is bound for the state wrestling finals? Find out this and more!

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Who is bound for the state wrestling finals? Find out this and more!
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Just a quick note, make sure you check your inboxes Sunday morning.
Your regular Monday morning issue of The Playbook will come to you one day earlier, so you don’t have to wait to receive all the highlights from the final day of Class 3A state wrestling, as nine Patriot League wrestlers will contend for state titles.

Eaton’s Dylan Yancey tries to pin Brush’s Hunter Ludgate on Thursday afternoon during the Class 3A Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Michael Brian/mbrian@greeleytribune.com)
Eaton’s Dylan Yancey tries to pin Brush’s Hunter Ludgate on Thursday afternoon during the Class 3A Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Michael Brian/mbrian@greeleytribune.com)
The Lead
By Bobby Fernandez, bfernandez@patriotplaybook.com
DENVER — Here’s a team-by-team look at where Patriot League programs sit heading into today’s final day of the Class 3A Wrestling Championships, after Friday’s semifinals.
Brush Beetdiggers
  • Team placement: Ninth, 53 points
  • Numbers of wrestlers left: Four out of seven
  • Finalists: Senior 152-pounder Oswaldo Nunez (30-6), beat Montezuma-Cortez’s Matthew Broughton (42-5), 8-5, in the semifinals; Senior 170-pounder Wyatt Pfau (40-3), pinned Berthoud’s Brock Johnson (20-7) in 4:32 in the semifinals.
Eatons' Toby Gavette beat Kris Kramer (Elizabeth) 2-0 via a sudden victory in overtime
Eatons' Toby Gavette beat Kris Kramer (Elizabeth) 2-0 via a sudden victory in overtime
Eaton Reds
  • Team placement: Second, 89 points
  • Numbers of wrestlers left: Four out of 10
  • Finalists: Senior 113-pounder Toby Gavette (38-5), beat Elizabeth’s Kris Kramer (33-7) in overtime with a 2-0 sudden victory; Senior 138-pounder Dylan Yancey (42-5), earned a 12-4 major decision against Fort Morgan’s Cael Langford (34-10); Senior 170-pounder Ty Garnhart (41-5), pinned Holy Family’s Hunter Branson (34-4) in 3:40.
Estes Park Bobcats
  • Team placement: Tied-41st, four points
  • Number of wrestlers left: Zero out of one
  • Finalists: None
Platte Valley
  • Team placement: 14th, 32 points
  • Numbers of wrestlers left: Two out of five
  • Finalists: Junior 160-pounder Josh Yancey (27-9), beat Bennett’s Mac Copeland (40-7) via a 3-1 sudden victory
Resurrection Christian Cougars
  • Team placement: N/A
  • Numbers of wrestlers left: Zero out of one
  • Finalists: None
Sterling Tigers
  • Team placement: Tied-20th, 20 points
  • Numbers of wrestlers left: Two out of 10
  • Finalists: None
Strasburg Tigers
  • Team placement: N/A
  • Numbers of wrestlers left: Zero out of one
  • Finalists: None
University junior Emanuel Munoz-Alcala powered his way to the 3A heavyweight finals
University junior Emanuel Munoz-Alcala powered his way to the 3A heavyweight finals
University Bulldogs
  • Team placement: Tied-20th, 20 points
  • Numbers of wrestlers left: One out of three
  • Finalists: Junior heavyweight Emanuel Munoz-Alcala (37-3), earned a 2-0 decision against Lamar’s Sy Spitz (35-7)
Valley Vikings
  • Team placement: 7th, 63 points
  • Numbers of wrestlers left: Six out of eight
  • Finalists: Sophomore 138-pounder Isaiah Rios (30-1), earned a 6-4 decision against Moffat County’s Daniel Caddy (45-5); Junior 160-pounder Jaziah Whaley (41-1), pinned Fort Lupton’s Koby Galicia (37-12) in 1:26.
Valley's Isaiah Rios beat Daniel Caddy (Moffat County), 6-4
Valley's Isaiah Rios beat Daniel Caddy (Moffat County), 6-4
Utter dominance
The Patriot League went an impressive 9-2 in the semifinals Friday night.
The onslaught set up a trio of all-Patriot League finals: Eaton’s Dylan Yancey against Valley’s Isaiah Rios at 138; Valley’s Jaziah Whaley against Platte Valley’s Josh Yancey — Dylan’s younger brother — at 160 pounds; Brush’s Wyatt Pfau against Eaton’s Ty Garnhart at 170.
Chasing history
Valley junior 106-pounder Angel Rios is one win away from making state history. And, that one win may essentially be in the bag.
After losing in the first round Thursday in the 3A Wrestling Championships at Denver’s Pepsi Center, Rios (25-4) picked up a pair of wins in the consolations Friday to keep her season alive. Her next match, at 10 this morning in the third round of consolations, is against The Classical Academy senior Brendan Johnston.
TCA prefers its male wrestles don’t wrestle females. Johnston already forfeit a match, in the first round, to another girl, Skyview’s Jaslynn Gallegos. If he does the same this morning — or if Rios wins outright — Rios will advance to the consolation semifinals and assure herself no worse than a sixth-place finish and a spot on the podium.
With such a finish, she would become the first female placewinner ever in state history in the predominantly boys tournament.
Playbook Prime Performance
Boys
Bobby: Eaton senior 113-pounder Toby Gavette gets my nod for securing a clutch takedown at just the right time. He punched his ticket to tonight’s finals by taking down Elizabeth’s Kris Karmer 27 seconds into overtime in the semifinals.
Quinn: Josh Yancey. The Platte Valley 160-pound junior defeated Bennett’s Mac Copeland in a 3-1 sudden victory to advance to the championships tonight. He will wrestle Valley’s Jaziah Whaley in a rematch from the regional wrestling championships. 
Whaley won that previous meeting via a 13-0 major decision.
Girls
Bobby: Angel Rios again gets my pick. She has already matched history. With her two consolation round wins in the state wrestling tournament Friday, she has secured as many wins as any female in any one trip to the predominantly male Colorado state wrestling tournament. Now, we all want to see her make history of her own by becoming the first female placewinner in the tournament’s history.
Quinn: Taylor Gamlin. The Liberty Common junior finished with a double-double, recording 15 points and 10 steals in the Eagles’ 55-37 win over Estes Park on Friday. Yes, you read that right… 10 steals! That is definitely something you don’t see every day.
Patriot League Trivia
Which Patriot League program has the most individual state wrestling champions? (Answer at the bottom of this newsletter)
Scoreboard
Friday
Girls
Patriot League District Championships — Final
No. 1 Eaton 45, No. 2 Platte Valley 33
  • Key Stat — Eaton’s offense started slow, as the Reds fell behind Platte Valley in the first quarter 11-4, but turned it on after, outscoring the Broncos 41-22 in the next three quarters.
  • What’s next? — Both teams receive automatic bids into the state tournament next week.
Patriot League District Championships — Third Place
No. 3 Resurrection Christian 49, No. 4 University 42
  • Key Stat — Tied at halftime, Resurrection Christian outscored University 22-15 in the second half.
  • What’s next? — Both team should make the state tournament via at-large bids since they rank 16 and 21, respectively, in RPI.
Patriot League District Championships — Consolation
No. 5 Brush 40, No. 6 Sterling 34
  • Key Stat — Brush was up only three going into the fourth but finished the game on a 13-9 run.
  • What’s next? — Brush (29) and Sterling (35) are on the bubble to make the state tournament based upon their RPI.
No. 7 Liberty Common 55, No. 8 Estes Park 37
  • Key Stat — Liberty Common junior Lauren Gamlin recorded a 15-point and 10-steal double-double.
  • What’s next? — Liberty Common is on the bubble to make the state tournament with an RPI ranking of 34. Estes Park likely won’t make the state tournament given its RPI is 38.
Boys
Patriot League District Championships — Final
No. 1 Sterling 63, No. 2 Resurrection Christian 53
  • Key Stat — Trailing 31-28 at halftime, Sterling outscored Resurrection Christian 35-22 in the second half.
  • What’s next? — Both teams will receive an automatic berth in the state tournament next weekend.
Patriot League District Championships — Third Place
No. 3 Platte Valley 59, No. 5 University 54
  • Key Stat — This game was back and forth throughout, but University couldn’t jump in front of Platte Valley in the second half no matter how close it got.
  • What’s next? — Both teams should make the state tournament as they rank 13 and 24, respectively, in RPI.
Patriot League District Championships — Consolation
No. 6 Strasburg 59, No. 4 Eaton 57, OT
  • Key Stat — Strasburg started the game hot as it led 21-10 after the first quarter, but Eaton came back to force overtime by outscoring the Indians in the next three quarters. But Strasburg’s 4-2 advantage in a defensive-minded overtime period was enough to get the win.
  • What’s next? — Eaton should make the tournament as it is ranked 21 in RPI. Strasburg is right on the bubble as it is ranked 32 in RPI.
No. 8 Frontier Academy 65, No. 7 Valley 53
  • Key Stat — Frontier Academy outscored Valley in every quarter except the second, 11-8.
  • What’s next? — Frontier Academy (33) is right on the bubble in RPI rankings. Valley will likely miss the state tournament as its RPI ranking is 40.
Coming up in Sunday's special edition of The Playbook
We’ll give you the lowdown from the final day of the state wrestling tournament, including special features on each of the league’s state champions!
Thanks for reading! See you Sunday!
Bobby Fernandez, The Playbook Publisher
Quinn Ritzdorf, The Playbook Reporter
Trivia answer: Brush, with 38.
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