Center's Mauricio Paez of Center executes a take down on Del Norte's Makenzie Mondrago in their fifth place match.
Courier Photo by Eric R. Flores
Courier Sports Editor
SAN LUIS VALLEY—In addition to a varsity wrestling tournament in Thornton, a majority of the San Luis Valley wrestling teams stayed close to home this past weekend as two major tournaments were hosted by the Center Vikings and the Centauri Falcons.
The Alamosa Mean Moose were the only team to travel out of the Valley where they traveled to the suburbs of Denver to take part in the Thornton Invitational. A sparse group of Moose went into the tournament with some Class 4A and 3A schools to capture the team crown by scoring 162 1/2 points. Mountain View High School finished in second place with 156 1/2 points while Grandview High School rounded out the top three with 143 1/2 points.
Vikings rise at Valley Classic
CENTER—Once again, the Center Vikings were the top team from the San Luis Valley in their home tournament, the 2013 Valley Classic, where 17 teams converged on the newly renovated Center High School and packed the auxiliary and main gyms for four mats of action.
The Paonia Eagles swooped in and easily won the tournament with 302 points while Center took second place with 220 points. The Del Norte Tigers finished in third place with 164 points.
The Fowler Grizzlies and Antonito Trojans rounded out the top five finishers with 125 1/2 points and 76 points, respectively.
The Mountain Valley Indians finished in ninth place with 53 points, the Centennial Rams finished in 15th place with 30 points and the Sargent Farmers finished in 17th with 12.
The Vikings had 12 placers in the whole tournament including three champions.
The first champion was crowned at 132 pounds as Gustavo Nungaray improved his season match record to 24-12 and scored 24 team points. Nungaray nabbed a 7-2 decision over Paonia’s Dylan Stroud.
Jeremiah Moreno improved to 30-7 on the season at 138 pounds as he earned 23 points. He nabbed a 4-2 sudden victory win over Paonia’s Gunner Chesnik to clinch the individual title.
Luis Mariscal made an impact on the 220-pound bracket as he dominated and scored 26 team points. He nabbed three pins including the championship match where he defeated Paonia’s Joel Simianer.
Jose Angel Chavez, who is now 30-7 on the season, placed second and scored 22 team points at 120 pounds. He won his way to the championship match where he was pinned by Jesse Reed of Paonia.
Jeremy Moreno lost in the semifinal match to be sent to the consolation side of the 126-pound bracket where he won third place and scored 18 points.
DeAngelo Martinez scored 22 points en route to a third place finishing at 145 pounds. He was pinned by Paonia’s Ty Coats in the semifinals before he pinned Antonito’s Donovan Grey.
Jose Luis Macias finished in third place at 195 pounds after he pinned Cody Constine of Soccoro.
Mauricio Paez finished fifth at 113 pounds as he scored 14 team points. He was defeated in both the semifinals and the consolation semifinals for fifth place.
Christian Espinzoa lost his quarterfinal match to Shawn Beiriger of Del Norte before he was defeated by Zach Milner of Paonia for fifth place. He did score 14 team points in the match.
George Weatherford, who was defeated in the quarterfinals and in the consolation semifinals of the 160-pound bracket, finished in fifth place after he earned 16 team points.
Billy Giron finished six at 182 pounds after suffering two pins on the consolation side of the bracket.
Alberto Rodriguez did not place at 106 pounds but he did score six points. Marcus Torres was immediately defeated at 113 pounds as was Julio Maldonado at 126 pounds.
The Del Norte Tigers had nine placers, three of which were champions.
Shawn Beiriger continued his winning streak as he nabbed three decisions for the 152-pound championship while Austin McDonald also won three straight matches at 160 pounds.
Tharen Smith won the 170 pound championship with three straight pins.
Brennan Pachecho scored 22 points and dropped a sudden victory match to Paonia’s Ty Coats to clinch second place at 145 pounds.
Shane Shearin was pinned in the championship match of the 285 pound championship to take second place.
Robert Gonzalez scored 14 points at 126 pounds to get fifth place. Brian Bothell lost two straight matches before rebounding to get a pin at 195 pounds to finish fifth.
Brett Fuller and Makenzie Mondragon each were pinned in the fifth place match of the 106 pound and 113 pound brackets, respectively, to clinch sixth place.
Luke Haefeli and Jake Jolly didn’t score any points at 138 pounds and 182 pounds, respectively.
The Trojans had all four of their wrestlers entered in the tournament place in the top four including one second place finisher.
Scotty Vigil, who improved his season record to 20-8, scored 22 team points and captured third place at 106 pounds. The third place came after being pinned in the semifinals by Talon Harris of Norwood and getting a forfeit win over Aaron Morgan of Nucla.
At 126 pounds, Noah Trujillo scored 20 points and finished in second place as he won his way to the championship bout before he was pinned by Paonia’s Bo Pipher in 4:48.
Teddie Klinger clinched fourth place in the 132-pound bracket as he was defeated in the semifinals and then defeated in the third place match by Kent Miller of Hayden.
Donovan Grey also finished in fourth place only in the 145-pound bracket. He did score 18 team points
Mountain Valley had two placers as Nick Quintana finished in fifth place at 145 pounds and Levi Gallegos finished fourth at 160 pounds.
CJ Sanchez (138 pounds) and Jose Cisneros (182 pounds) both took fifth place in their respective brackets.
Zack Morgan was the lone representative for the Sargent Farmers as he scored all 12 team points and had to pull out of his last two matches with a knee injury and was awarded sixth place at 220 pounds.
Falcons win home Duals Tournament
LA JARA—The Centauri Falcons made easy work of the Tenth Annual Centauri Duals Classic tournament on Saturday afternoon as they won all five of their duals on Saturday before defeating Olathe 60-24. The Monte Vista Pirates captured third place as they downed Buena Vista.
In the opening round, Buena Vista defeated Pagosa Springs 55-21 while Centauri downed Hotchkiss 66-15. Olathe defeated Monte Vista 42-32 and Rocky Ford defeated Salida, 51-21.
The Falcons easily defeated Pagosa Springs in Round 2, 61-12 while Buena Vista defeated Forence 48-24. Monte Vista barely bested Buena Vista 34-27 while Olathe dominated Trinidad 60-24.
In Round 3, Buena Vista fell to Centauri 51-24 while Florence fell to Hotchkiss 40-30.Olathe defeated Salida 54-22 while Monte Vista downed Trinidad 55-24.
After the lunch break, Hotchkiss downed Pagosa Springs 45-18 while the Falcons downed Florence.