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Valley’s 3A teams lead Regional 4 Tourney

Posted: Saturday, Feb 16th, 2013

Centauri's Micah Keys, who is ranked No. 1 at 160 pounds, earned 12 points for the Falcons as he nabbed two pins. He and the Falcons are sitting in first place after Day One of the Class 3A, Region 4 Tournament at Monte Vista.

Courier Sports Editor

MONTE VISTA—The first day of the Class 3A Region 4 Tournament that was held here at Monte Vista High School on Thursday afternoon opened up with a dominating first round by the No.2 ranked Centauri Falcons, the lead continued and at the end of the first day, the Falcons led.

The three San Luis Valley teams from the Intermountain League were high on the team leaderboards as Centauri led with 85 1/2 points, No. 1 ranked Alamosa was second with 79 points and Monte Vista sat in third place with 68 1/2 points.

In the quarterfinals, the No. 3 ranked wrestler at 106 pounds, Diondre Garcia opened up with a pin in 2:00. He moved on to face Centauri’s Patrick Esparsen(No. 8), who had two straight byes, in the semifinals on Saturday morning.

No. 1 ranked Tel Kelley easily nabbed an 18-2 technical fall over Dolores Huerta’s Fabian Guerrero. He will face Trinidad’s Justin Maldonado in the semifinals.

At 113 pounds, Alamosa’s David Gallegos, who is ranked No. 13, needed 4:53 to pin Centauri’s Dylan Ross and move on to the semifinals where he will face Florence’s Dillon Bellino. Monte Vista’s Jose Duran was also victorious in his quarterfinal match as he pinned Trinidad’s Vince Santistevan in 4:28 to and will face Dolores Huerta’s Xavier Solis.

No. 2 ranked Neff Malouff got a 17-0 technical fall in the opening quarterfinal match at 120 pounds. He defeated Bayfield’s Tyler Beebe and will move on to take on Florence’s Evan Gomez. Gomez nabbed a 27-12 technical fall over Centauri’s Angelo Martinez, who won an opening round match with a 1:59 pin.

At 126 pounds, No. 3 ranked Ethan Coombs nabbed two pins on Day One; his first was over Manitou Spring’s Jon Paradis in 3:53. He then pinned Saint Mary’s Josh Alejandro in 3:25. He moved on and will face Monte Vista’s Cody Cowan, who is ranked No. 10. Cowan nabbed a 16-0 technical fall over Trinidad’s Adrian Torres.

No. 2 ranked Kole Kelley made easy work of Florence’s Trystin Bunguard in the first quarterfinal match at 132 pounds as he pinned him in 1:04 and moved on to wrestle Bayfield’s Allec Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who is ranked No. 7, narrowly defeated Dolores Huerta’s James Bernal 5-4.

On the bottom side of the bracket, Monte Vista’s Daniel Borunda got an opening round 10-7 decision before he got a 12-1 major decision over Colorado Springs Christian School’s Corey Craddock. He will face Centauri’s Christopher Martin, who used a strong third quarter turnaround to pin Manitou Spring’s Ryan Carpenter in 4:26. That came after he nabbed a first round pin in 40 seconds.

At 138 pounds, Monte Vista’s Jeffery Cooper, defeated Pagosa Spring’s Dalton Gregory 14-7 and will face Alamosa’s Brandon Heredia. Heredia defeated Manitou Spring’s Jake Bartlett 9-2.

Jason Buhr, who is ranked No. 1 at 145 pounds, wore down Florence’s Derik Yeager and got a pin in 3:04. He will wrestle Bayfield’s Joe Zink, who got an 11-4 win over Alamosa’s Dillon Vance.

Garrett Pacheco defeated Alamosa’s Nate Henry in the second match of the 152 pound quarterfinals as he nabbed a fall in 3:53. Centauri’s James Richardson, who nabbed a first-round pin, was pinned by Scott Sandoval of Florence in 2:45.

No. 1 ranked Micah Keys pinned both of his opponents at 160 while Monte Vista’s Austin Vance only needed 26 seconds to pin Alamosa’s Zeke Bernal.

Jensen Hamilton got a pin at 170 pounds while Chris Aguirre got two pins. Alamosa’s Gunner Robinson, ranked No. 1, and Jereb Aziz, ranked No. 2, are on a crash course for the championship at 182 pounds, while Monte Vista’s Isaac Medina was knocked down to the consolation bracket where he is in the semifinals.

At 195 pounds, Tylen Pavlovsky, who is ranked No. 11, got a 9-3 decision over Alamosa’s Nick Jones, who was ranked No. 4. Pablo Villarreal pinned Centauri’s RJ Ruybal in 4:49 at 220 pounds before Alamosa’s Brandon Ratcliffe and Centauri’s Greg Martinez suffered losses.

The action will continue this morning at 9 a.m. with the semifinal and the consolation rounds. The championship rounds are schedule to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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