2020 Region Breakdowns – 2A/3A

2A/3A Regional Previews 2020

It’s go time. All 16 regional tournaments kick off today around the state, with hundreds of wrestlers vying to place in the top four of their respective bracket in order to qualify for the ultimate dance. The big show. The Soda Can. 

You know what we’re talking about. There’s not much more introduction that needs to be done. We all know what’s at stake here. But what a season of wrestling it has been already, and we have but two more thrilling weeks left. Many people are saying the two best weekends. 

Let’s soak it in. Let’s warm it up. And let’s break it down.

2A Region 1

Site: Montrose Event Center

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Teams:

#2 Cedaredge #10 Paonia
Dolores #7 Hotchkiss
Hayden Dove Creek
Mancos Ignacio
Meeker Norwood
North Park Nucla
Rangely Soroco
West Grand

Who to watch:

113
#2      Lane Hunsberger, Cedaredge
126
#1      Trey Geyer, Cedaredge
132
#2      Sean Dale, Cedaredge
#6      Dylan Zimmerman, Hayden
145
#3      Zeb Etter, Paonia
#6      Zane Varner, Rangely
152
#3      Traycer Hall, Hotchkiss
#5      Kody Logan, Soroco
160
#2      Grey Neal, Paonia
#5      Tytus Coombs, Rangely
#6 Chase Moore, Mancos
170
#2      Jace Peebles, Hotchkiss
182
#1      Hunter Planansky, Hayden
#2      Colby Clatterbaugh, Meeker
195
#3      Anthony Miller, Paonia
220
#2      Levi Peterson, Paonia
285
#1      Derek Sanchez, Cedaredge
#3      Christian Matus, Hotchkiss

Three top-10 teams highlight the mostly-Western-Slopey Region 1 tournament, including newly annointed No.2 Cedaredge and No. 10 Paonia. The Eagles always have an edge to them in the postseason, and they could certainly cradle their way into the team race. But the Bruins, Led by top-ranked Trey Geyer (126), Derek Sanchez (285), and second-ranked Sean Dale (132), are the ones to beat. 

132: Dale, a 2018 state champ, had been ranked in the top spot for most of the season before Centauri’s Eyan Chavez made the cut late in the season. A regional title would put Dale in pole position in the state bracket, with Chavez, a finalist a year ago, likely situated on the opposite side (given that he emerges from Region 2 in the top spot).Three top-10 teams highlight the mostly-Western-Slopey Region 1 tournament, including third-ranked Cedaredge and No. 7 Paonia. The Eagles always have an edge to them in the postseason, and they could certainly cradle their way into the team race. But the Bruins, Led by top-ranked, two-time state champ Trey Geyer (126), big man Derek Sanchez (No. 1, 285), and second-ranked Sean Dale (132), are the ones to beat.

182: This is arguably the most hype-worthy bracket of the tournament, if only because it features the top-two ranked wrestlers, who coincidentally went toe-to-toe three times in a two-week span back in January. Hayden’s Hunder Planansky (No. 1) won two of those meetings after dropping the first to Meeker’s Colby Clatterbaugh. They could meet for a fourth, and potentially a fifth time, when the stakes are highest.


2A Region 2

Site: Sierra Grande High School

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Teams:

#5 John Mall #6 Centauri
Center
#8 Buena Vista
Hanover Colo D&B
Lotus Custer County
Mountain Valley Del Norte
Rye Dolores Huerta
Sargent Monte Vista
Sierra/Centennial Sanford

Who to watch:

106
#2      Chris Hutchings, Buena Vista
#3      Mario Vigil, Centauri
#7      Malachi Gallegos, Del Norte
#8      Dominic Lopez, Monte Vista
113
#4      Miguel Sanchez, John Mall
120
#1      Michael Atencio, Rye
#4      Dale Van Matre, John Mall
#5     Cole Miller, Rye
132
#1      Eyan Chavez, Centauri
138
#6      Travis Vialpando, John Mall
145
#1      Wesley Van Matre, John Mall
160
#1      Micah Hertrich, Buena Vista
285

#2      Remi Lucero, Centauri

John Mall has been a sleeper/darkhorse/spoiler for the past few years when it comes to the regional and state tournaments, including a top-five finish at the 2A show last year. Obviously, a large part of that is due to senior Wesley VanMatre, the three-time state champion who aims to make Colorado history by becoming a four-timer next week. VanMatre (No. 1, 145) is one of four wrestlers aiming to accomplish that feat, with the other three all wrestling in the 4A classification. 

When it comes to the team race, it appears that the Panthers (No. 5) and No. 6 Centauri are positioned for a fight at the top. Numbers out of this otherwise light region will be key if either wants to make a run at a top five (or higher) finish come state. 

120: Rye’s Michael Atencio last year became the first wrestler in school history to win a state wrestling title, and he’s hot on the trails of another this season. Atencio enters the Region 2 tournament with five pins in his last six matches, four of which came in the first period. 


2A Region 3

Site: Northeastern Junior College (Sterling)

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Teams:

#1 Wray #4 Highland
Byers Akron
Clear Creek Burlington
Gilpin County
Loveland Classical
Holyoke Merino
Limon Platte Canyon
Sedgwick/Fleming Stratton
Wiggins Yuma

Who to watch: 

106
#1      Brady Collins, Wray
113
#1      Cade Rockwell, Wray
#3      Marco Martinez, Sedgwick Co/Fleming
120
#2      Cole Rockwell, Wray
#3      Logan Lewis, Highland
126
#3      Dante Chirichango, Highland
132
#3      Lucas Hefner, Highland
#4      Lain Yapoujian, Byers
#5      Blaze Brophy, Yuma
138
#2      Zach Tittle, Highland
145
#2      Wyatt Yapoujian, Byers
#5      Jack Ring, Highland
152
#1      Tyler Collins, Wray
160
#3      Emmanuel Huerta, Wray
170
#3      Luis Chafino, Holyoke
182
#3      Devon Harshman, Wiggins
#5      Harrison Wade, Wray
195
#2      Fabian Lopez, Sedgwick Co/Fleming
#4 Carson Berghis, Wray
#5     Lukas Carpenter, Wiggins
220
#4      Jose Molina, Wray
#5      Isaac Mantey, Burlington

Two-time defending state champion Wray aims to get the numbers out of the Region 3 tournament to make a run at a three-peat. The Eagles are as strong as they’ve been all season, with highly experienced regional and state placewinners peppering the lineup. One of the youngsters performing like a seasoned vet, though, is freshman Brady Collins, leading the way with a 45-1 record at 106 pounds. Tim Yount of On the Mat rankings had Collins ranked in the top spot since day one, a rarity for a freshman, and the next two weeks will be a chance to prove the hype. 

120: Wray senior Cole Rockwell aims to make his mark at 120. Ranked No. 2, Rockwell and third-ranked Logan Lewis of Highland have a bit of a roundabout, intertwined history; Cole’s brother, Cade, topped Lewis in the 113-pound state title match two years ago. 

145: New school, new singlet, new weight class, same Wyatt Yapoujian. After spending most of the season at 138 pounds, the Byers’ newcomer — formerly a three-time state placer for Pomona (5A) — bumped up to 145 pounds a week ago and performed up to standard. If he remains at 45’s for regionals (and state), it will add a bit more intrigue to the plot.


2A Region 4

Site: Otero Junior College (La Junta)

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Teams:

#3 Rocky Ford #9 Lyons
Baca County Calhan
Crowley County
Cheyenne Wells
Fowler County Line
Kiowa Ellicot
Las Animas Holly
Peyton Miami-Yoder
Swink Trinidad

Who to watch: 

106
#3      Michael Romero, Swink
#4      David Duran, Rocky Ford
120
#5      Michael Maldonado, Rocky Ford
#8      Alberto Felthager, Trinidad
126
#2      Oran Huff, Lyons
#4      Joe Zamora, Rocky Ford
132
#4      James Brown, Peyton
#6      Christian Keller, Lyons
138
#1      Clint Brown, Peyton
#3     Santino Mendoza, Rocky Ford
#5 Tach Brewer, Crowley County
145
#4      David Gardner, Lyons
#10 Joziah Maestas, RF
152
#3      Ethan Burns, Holly
160
#1     Micah Hertrich, Buena Vista
#4      Jadon Baldonado, Rocky Ford
170
#1      Adam Schulz, Crowley County
#4      Grayden Flint, Holly
#5      Isaiah Garcia, Rocky Ford
#6 Orin Carnes, Fowler
182
#3      Jaime Ibarra, County Line
195
#1      Karson Bean, Lyons
220
#1      Jesse Tapia, Rocky Ford
#3      JJ Horn, Fowler
285
#5      Sam Leary, Peyton

Rocky Ford knows all about peaking at the right time. And that’s just what the Meloneers will aim to do starting with the Region 4 tournament this weekend. With defending state champion Jesse Tapia (220) leading the way and a few key weapons back in the lineup, including a deceptive Joziah Maestas (145), the host Meloneers will need close to a dozen if they want to give Wray a run next week. Lyons’ Lions are making the (long) trip down to the lower Arkansas Valley, and they will certainly want to make it worth while; but do they, or anyone else for that matter, have the depth to challenge the Melon Men? 

138: Three of the top five ranked wrestlers are slated to be in this bracket, with Peyton’s Clint Brown (No. 1) leading the way. Rocky Ford’s Santino Mendoza, a senior ranked No. 3, and Crowley County’s Tach Brewer (No. 5) round out one of the highlight weight classes in Region 4. 

170: Speaking of fully loaded weights, this one has a full house in its own right. Top-ranked Adam Schultz of Crowley County leads the way, though Holly’s Grayden Flint (No. 4), Rocky’s Isaiah Garcia (No. 5), and Fowler’s Orin Carnes (No. 6) also figure to be in the mix. 


3A Region 1

Site: Montrose Event Center

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Teams:

#4 Alamosa
#3 Pagosa Springs
Glenwood Springs Basalt
Grand Valley Bayfield
Moffat County Coal Ridge
Olathe Cortez
Rifle Delta
Steamboat Springs Gunnison

Who to watch:

113
#2      Davion Chavez, Alamosa
132
#2      Colton Liddell, Alamosa
#5      Ben Koch, Delta
138
#2      Dylan Tressler, Pagosa Springs
#4      Dylan Pickering, Bayfield
145
#2      Brae Bergdolt, Pagosa Springs
152
#2      Cameron Lucero, Pagosa Springs
#3      Daniel Caddy, Moffat County
170
#4      Hunter Smith, Alamosa
#6      Ruben Samuelson, Basalt
182
#2      Amos Wilson, Glenwood Springs
195
#2      Gauge Lockhart, Delta
#3      Austin Trujillo, Alamosa
220
#2      John Foutz, Bayfield
#3      Skyler Hill, Pagosa Springs
285
#3      Ernesto Lopez, Basalt

Out of all four classifications, it’s perhaps 3A that has the most intrigue when it comes to the team races. This weekend will be a huge boost (and potential indicator) for the teams vying for the top next week, including defending champion Alamosa, which holds a No. 4 ranking and will do battle with the likes of No. 3 Pagosa Springs, among others, at the Region 1 tournament in Montrose. The Moose have been at or near the top spot all season, and while they don’t have any wrestlers ranked first in their respective weights, they still boast plenty of firepower and, more importantly at this time of year, depth. Pagosa Springs is also quietly loaded, leap-frogging the Moose into the number three spot as we head into the postseason.

113, 145: Alamosa’s Davion Chavez (113) and Pagosa Springs’ Cameron Lucero (152) boast the only two individual state championships in the entire field. Interestingly enough, however, they both enter the regional tournament ranked No. 2 in their respective weight classes.


3A Region 2

Site: Platte Valley Middle School

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Teams:

#1 Valley #6 Eaton
Berthoud Faith Christian
Brush Fort Lupton
Estes Park Platte Valley
Riverdale Ridge
Resurrection Christian
Severance
Ridgeview Academy
University Sterling

Who to watch: 

106
#3 Javan Valez, Valley
113
#4      Casteus Combs, Sterling
#5      Alex Castaneda, Eaton
120
#5      Jonathan Malovich, Platte Valley
126
#3      Jacob Duran, Fort Lupton
#4      Daniel Matthews, Valley
#6      Dalton Williams, Berthoud
132
#6      Colton Williams, Berthoud
#4      Noah Damian, Valley
138
#1      Isaiah Rios, Valley
145
#2      Ryan Dirksen, Eaton
#6      Zach Brown, Valley
152
#5      Brock Leypoldt, Berthoud
160
#1      Jaziah Whaley, Valley
#3      Cael Jordan, Eaton
#4      Josh Yancey, Platte Valley
#5      Kyle Conlon, Berthoud
170
#5      Jeff Gore, Valley
195
#1      Nick Wellen, Brush
#4      Jeremiah Garcia, Platte Valley
220
#1      Drew Book, Sterling
285
#1      Emmanuel Munoz Alcala, University
#2      Tanner True, Eaton
#4      Aidan Trujillo, Valley

The Valley Vikings have been as hot as any team in 3A, let alone the state, over the past few weeks. The top-ranked team in 3A heading into the regional tournament is fresh off a team title at its own meet earlier in February, and more recently scored a narrow dual win over local rival and No. 6 ranked Eaton, which will also be in contention at the Region 2 smackdown. 

126: Every wrestler has battled some form of adversity at one point, whether it be on or off the mat (or in a lot of cases, both). Fort Lupton’s Jacob Duran is one who has had his fair share, and the 2017 state champ looks to finish his prep run on a high note in spite of, or perhaps because of, all of the rocky waters he’s navigated. The senior ranks No. 3 heading into his final regional competition and will contend with the likes of Valley’s Daniel Matthews (No. 4) and Berthoud’s Dalton Williams (No. 6). 

160: Valley’s Jaziah Whaley (No. 1) is one of two defending state champs for the Vikings (the other being Isaiah Rios at 138), and he is also one of the main reasons why Valley has bolted up to the top spot in recent weeks. Whaley has been highly impressive in the second half of the season, holding signature wins over Eaton’s Cael Jordan (ranked No. 3) and Tyler Collins of Wray (2A No. 1), among others. 


3A Region 3

Site: Holy Family High School

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Teams:

#2 Jefferson
#8 Weld Central
 Skyview #7 Bennett
Alameda Denver West
Arvada Holy Family
Englewood Middle Park
Fort Morgan Sheridan
Mullen Strasburg

Who to watch:

106
#1      Roberto Estrada, Weld Central
#2      James Cordova, Sheridan
#4      John Faczak, Bennett
113
#1      Angelo Lozado, Jefferson
#3      Ezra Herrera, Skyview
120
#4      Noah Linares, Mullen
126
#1      Jimmy Ramirez, Jefferson
132
#3      Zach Marrero, Strasburg
145
#1      Zander Condit, Jefferson
#5      Cael Langford, Fort Morgan
152
#1      Nicholas Gallegos, Jefferson
#4      John Sumner, Mullen
160
#2  Tanner Baumgartner, Weld Central
170
#2      Hunter Branson, Holy Family
#3      Mac Copeland, Bennett
182
#1      Cody Dubois, Bennett
#3  Braden Baumgartner, Weld Central
#4      Brian Paxton, Fort Morgan
285
#6      Carlos Flores, Alameda

Perhaps the most loaded of the four regional tournaments in 3A, Region three boasts four of the top-10 teams under one roof. Jefferson, ranked No. 2, is certainly the frontrunner here, with top-ranked wrestlers at 113 (Angelo Lozado), 126 (Jimmy Ramirez), 145 (Zander Condit), and 152 (Nicholas Gallegos). Though there are certainly a few surprises peppered into the lineups of No. 7 Weld Central, No. 9 Skyview, No. 10 Bennett, and the rest of the field. 

113: Jefferson’s Angelo Lozado made school history a year ago by becoming the first Saint to ever bring home a state wrestling title (his teammate, Nicholas Gallegos, followed closely behind with a state title of his own later in the night). Now, Lozado (and Gallegos) can cement a further legacy by scoring back-to-back crowns. But first, the top-ranked wrestler in 3A will have to contend with a regional field that includes No. 3 Ezra Herrera (Skyview) and others who have their own eye on history. 


3A Region 4

Site: Lamar High School

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Teams:

#5 Lamar
#9 Woodland Park
Classical Academy Elizabeth
Colorado Springs Christian James Irwin
Florence
Manitou Springs
La Junta Pueblo Central
Salida St. Mary’s
Eagle Valley

Who to watch:

106
#5      Matthew Medina, Eagle Valley
113
#6      Jordan Atencio, Pueblo Central
120
#1      Brady Hankin, Woodland Park
#2      Isaiah Gamez, La Junta
#3      Brandon Boehm, Florence
126
#3      Johnny Masopust, Florence
132
#1      Zane Rankin, Lamar
138
#3      Lucas Comroe, Eagle Valley
#5      Josh Atencio, Pueblo Central
145
#3      Isaiah Baber, Lamar
170
#1      Cole Gray, Woodland Park
182
#5      Jake Hustoles, James Irwin
#6      Chris Hinds, The Classical Academy
195
#3      Mitchell Peabody, La Junta
#6      Jesus Reyes, Lamar
220
#4      Cody Ponce, Eagle Valley
#6      Jimmy Hustoles, James Irwin
285
#3      Sy Spitz, Lamar

Year in, year out, you can always count on Lamar to be in the mix when it comes to a regional title race. This go-round is no different, with the fifth-ranked Savages poised to contend as they host the Region 4 meet. Paced by top-ranked Zane Rankin (132) and third-ranked heavy Sy Spitz, among others, Lamar is favored to bring a solid squad into state next week. With all of the up-and-down in 3A over the past few weeks, they are certainly one to watch…

120: This is maybe the most highly anticipated and hype-worthy regional bracket not just in 3A, but in the entire state. Woodland Park’s Brady Hankin, a state champ a year ago, enters as the top-ranked wrestler in the division. La Junta’s Isaiah Gamez, a state champ two years running, is No. 2. Florence’s Brandon Boehm is ranked No. 3 and is no slouch himself. Hankin owns wins over both Boehm and Gamez, the latter of which was a 5-4 nailbiter back in January. The next meeting figures to be worth a whole lot more than the price of admission. 

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