Wrestlers put state dreams on the mat
It is the moment of truth in the Colorado high school wrestling season.
The Yuma High School wrestlers will put their state aspirations on the line Friday and Saturday when they compete in the Class 2A Region 3 Tournament. It will be held in the Bank of Colorado Events Center on the Northeastern Junior College campus in Sterling.
Friday’s action begins at 4 p.m. with the first and second rounds. The wrestling resumes Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the championship semifinals and the consolation rounds. The finals will begin no earlier than 5 p.m.
Joining the Indians in Region 3 will be Akron, Burlington, Byers, Gilpin County, Highland, Holyoke, Lyons, Merino, Sedgwick County/Fleming, Clear Creek, Limon, Stratton/Liberty, Wiggins and Wray.
Wray is ranked No. 3, and Burlington is No. 8, in the “On the Mat” Class 2A Top 10.
The top four placers in each weight will advance to the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament, February 15-17 at Pepsi Center in Denver.
The Indians had this past week off from competitions, but still stayed plenty busy as they had two-a-day practices.
“I am hopeful that our morning workouts and after-school practices helped us peak for regionals,” coach Rory Lynch said. “Our kids have worked very hard putting in a lot of quality reps since our last tournament in Stratton. We will continue to have tough practices through Wednesday of this week, and taper the practice on Thursday in order to be ready for Friday’s first round of wrestling.”
Gianni Trejo is the only previous state qualifier on this year’s team. The senior made it to state his freshmen and junior years (an injury limited his sophomore campaign), and will be at 132 pounds looking to go a third time.
Overall, the Yuma team is fairly young and still building experience.
Freshman Blaze Brophy has won several tournament titles this season at 126, and should have a fighting chance for a state berth. Several others also should be in the running for a top-four finish, including sophomore Alec Holtorf at 106. Freshman Joey Ross will be competing at 113, freshman Braden Smith at 120, freshman Louden Blach at 138, junior Xavier Smith or sophomore Edgar Apodaca at 145, junior Jaden Hansen at 152, sophomore Alex Covarrubias at 160, sophomore Manny Tena at 170, freshman Luis Bueno at 182, sophomore Cayden Lynch at 195, and freshman Josue Roacho at 285.
“We are grateful for our chance to compete and grateful for all the support we receive from our community,” Lynch said.
Yuma’s red-and-white mat will be one of the mats used at the regional.