Alamosa holds solid lead in team standings at state

Joe Chavez of Alamosa attempts to roll opponent Berthoud’s LT Torres over. Chavez will look to collect another state title today./Courier photo by Stephen Jiron

DENVER – With day two in the books the final matchups are set. While there are plenty of individual matchups that hold intrigue still remaining as a team Alamosa holds the number one spot with 103.5 points. Alamosa’s nearest competitor, Eaton, closed day two with 89 points. Meanwhile in 2A Centauri is holding on to the second-place spot with 85 team points.

Alamosa still has a number of wrestlers vying for individual titles. At 106 pounds Chavez went 2-0 on Friday with a major decision over Jaslynn Gallegos and a technical fall over Trevor Torrez. The only wrestler standing between Davion and another individual title is On the Mat’s number one ranked 106 pounder, Brady Hankin. Chavez and Hankin will meet during the championship portion Saturday night.

Another wrestler many expected to make it to the championship match was Joe Chavez. Joe also picked up two wins in day two knocking off Noah Damien with a 9-0 major decision and LT Torres of Berthoud via a 5-1 decision. In the championship bout Joe will face Jimmy Gonzales of Pueblo Central. Gonzales is ranked fourth according to On the Mat. To get to the championship Gonzalez knocked off third ranked Dylan Tressler who in turn took out no. 2 Zach Loft.

While Alamosa has five wrestlers looking to get into the consolation semifinals and two more awaiting opponents in the consolation semifinals, they also have a third wrestler with a championship bid. In the heavyweight class Logan Thompson also stayed undefeated on the second day. Thompson holds the distinction of being On the Mat’s top ranked wrestler. In the championship bout Thompson will meet On the Mat’s second ranked wrestler, Emanual Munoz-Alcala of University. That brings Alamosa’s total guaranteed placing to five with a day left to go.

In the 2A class Centauri has fared pretty well with two wrestlers still alive in the consolation brackets in Jordan Martin and Zach Sandoval. But day two also left three Falcons standing undefeated. Saturday night Eyan Chavez will wrestle Oran Huff of Lyons for the 126 pound title. At 145 pounds also undefeated is fellow Falcon Zach Martin. Martin will take on the no. 1 ranked wrestler Tannen Kennedy. Finalizing the Falcons bidding for individual titles is Bennie Chacon in the heavy weight class. Chacon will take on Levi Peterson of Paonia in the title bout.

Other valley schools also had strong showings. Monte Vista’s Nicolas Garcia and Tyler Vigil will both wrestle to guarantee their place on the podium tomorrow. Sanford’s Max Salazar and Center’s Mario Chavez will also wrestle in the consolation semifinals at 113 pounds and 160 pounds respectively.

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