2020 Region Breakdowns – 4A/5A

4A/5A Regional Preview 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Truly, it is.

Regional tournaments are kicking off in gyms and event centers all around the state. Every wrestler is (impatiently) awaiting weigh-ins, and the first match, and the parade of champions. All of it. Pomona is the clear favorite in Class 5A, while Cherokee Trail has been the hot and trendy team that has leapt to No. 2. Those two are positioned in the same region, which is one of the more exciting and intriguing things to watch this weekend. How will that shake things up next weekend?

In 4A, nobody has been as strong as Windsor from start to finish. The Wizards have two wrestlers aiming to make their mark on the four-timers club, Dominick Serrano and Isaiah Salazar, and Vance VamBaur is as healthy as he’s been all year (a scary thought for all other 38’s in the state).

So, now is your last chance. Turn on that Pulstar. Watch Vision Quest one more time. Tuck those sweats in. Let’s wrestle.

4A Region 1

Site: Cheyenne Mountain High School

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Teams:

#2 Pueblo East
# 6 Cheyenne Mountain
Canon City Durango
Falcon
Central Grand Junction
Harrison Mitchell
Montrose
Pueblo Centennial
Pueblo South Palmer
Sand Creek Widefield

Who to watch: 

106
#4      LJ Herburger, Pueblo East
113
#2      Dominick Castro, Pueblo Centennial
#5      Anthony Franklin, Pueblo East
#6      Davian Sandoval, GJ Central
120
#1      Weston Dalton, Pueblo East
#5      Nicholas Grizales, Cheyenne Mountain
#6      Tyler Valdez, Falcon
126
#4      Jagger Wade, GJ Central
132
#5      Luke Pleasant, GJ Central
#7      Anthony Flores, Pueblo East
138
#4      Sebastian Freeman, Pueblo East
#5      Ezavian Ortega, Canon City
145
#2      Aaden Valdez, Pueblo East
160
#4      Diego Duarte, Pueblo East
#5      Josiah Aldinger, Falcon
170
#2     Ben Robuck, Montrose
#4      Xavier Freeman, Pueblo East
182
#4      Cole Simmons, Montrose
#5      Billy Maddox, Cheyenne Mountain
195
#1      Nick Gagliardi, Cheyenne Mountain
220
#4      Jake Boley, Cheyenne Mountain
285
#1      Andy Garcia, Pueblo East

Pueblo East has a real shot at defending its state title from a year ago, and it all starts right here in Region 1. To knock off Windsor next week at The Can, the Eagles are going to need all of the 1-seeds they can get in each quarter bracket. Freshman Weston Dalton has been the real deal since day one, and he is the favorite to emerge from the 120-pound bracket. Heavyweight Andy Garcia is going for his fourth regional title, which would lead into his quest for a fourth state title next weekend. But the more interesting weights to watch will be those on the fringe. Can guys like the Freeman brothers – Sebastian (138) and Xavier (170) have their best tournaments at the right time? That would only help East’s case while Cheyenne Mountain, led by top-ranked and returning state finalist Nick Gagliardi, tries to play spoiler.

113: Pueblo Centennial’s Dominic Castro is the returning state finalist in this weight, but it will be interesting to see where the seedings place both Anthony Franklin of Pueblo East, a state medalist in his own right, and Davian Sandoval of GJ-Central. This could be a key weight class when it comes to East’s chances of winning regional and state crowns.

 


4A Region 2

Site: Broomfield High School

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Teams:

#3 Broomfield #10 Loveland
#8 Longmont
#5 Pueblo West
Battle Mountain JFK
Erie Palisade
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Standley Lake Evergreen
Summit Denver North

Who to watch: 

106
#1      Kobi Johnson, Loveland
#2      Logan Novara, Longmont
#5      Noah Lopez, Erie
#7      Brandon Nevejas, Denver North
113
#1      Rudy Lopez, Erie
126
#2      Cody Thompson, Loveland
#3      Ryan Vigil, Broomfield
132
#2      John Beau Hostler, Broomfield
#4      Gio Wilson, Longmont
138
#3      John Nicholas, Longmont
145
#1      Darren Green, Broomfield
#3      Nick Wilson, Pueblo West
152
#3      Brayden Engelking, Longmont
160
#3      Hayden Crosson, Pueblo West
182
#2      Dillon Derting, Pueblo West
#3      Antonio Welch-Soto, Broomfield
220
#1      Bryant Walker, Broomfield
285
#2      Tyler Carpenter, Broomfield
#4      Jeremiah Vasquez, Battle Mountain

Mark it down now: Broomfield is a sneaky pick to take home a trophy at the 4A state tournament next weekend. The Eagles have had solid performances throughout the season, including at Top of the Rockies, where they finished in second place ahead of both Pueblo East and Pueblo County. The problem with that aspiration could be the toughness of this region which features four of the top 10 teams, including a surging Pueblo West squad. The Cyclones made some really smart shifts to their lineup, which now projects to be a top-five unit in the state. Buckle in for what may be the deepest and closest regional race in 4A.

106: The lightest weight class is the heaviest in terms of ranked wrestlers. Loveland’s Kobi Johnson already holds wins over No. 2 Logan Novarra (Longmont) and No. 5 Noah Lopez (Erie), and the sophomore will look to continue his impressive season with his first regional title this weekend.

145: One of Broomfield’s obvious strong spots is here, with defending state champion Darren Green holding top position. But Pueblo West’s Nick Wilson (No. 3) is certainly one to watch this weekend and next.

182: The team race at this region could very well hinge on a potential match between Dillon Derting (No. 2, Pueblo West) and Antonio Welch-Soto (No. 3, Broomfield).


4A Region 3

Site: Windsor High School

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Teams:

#1 Windsor
#9 Thompson Valley
Golden #7 Coronado
Greeley Central Frederick
Greeley West Mead
Mountain View Northridge
Niwot Skyline
Silver Creek Wheat Ridge

Who to watch: 

120
#2      Boden Baker, Windsor
126
#1     Angel Flores, Coronado
#5      Malachi Contreras, Mountain View
132
#1      Dominick Serrano, Windsor
138
#1      Vance Vombaur, Windsor
#2      Ben Nagel, Coronado
145
#3      Vincent Fortin-Munoz, Windsor
152
#3      Jacob Bierman, Thompson Valley
160
#1      Cody Eaton, Windsor
#4      Chase Engelhardt, Thompson Valley
170
#1      Tristan Perez, Windsor
#3      Emilio Chavez, Mead
182
#1      Isaiah Salazar, Windsor
195
#3      Ben Tonnessen, Coronado
220
#5      Caleb Burton, Thompson Valley
#6      Michael Serna, Greeley Central
285
#6      Oscar Aranday, Skyline

The Windsor Wizards are absolute magic on the mat. Sorry, couldn’t help myself. But seriously, Windsor is darn good, and they are the favorite to win the title at this region and at state next week. Part of the reason for that hype is junior Vance VomBaur, who started off the season by placing at a collegiate open and has not dropped a match in state since. VomBaur notably missed last year’s regional and state tournaments due to injury, so seeing him get back in action (with no rust and lots of flash) has been a major boost for the Wizards, and major excitement for wrestling fans. Coronado’s Ben Nagel, ranked No. 2 behind VomBaur at 138, could get a chance to see how he stacks up against the Wizard junior.

132, 182: These ‘weights to watch’ are grouped together because they are linked by the obvious – two wrestlers from the same team who are seeking to do something incredible. Winning four state titles is impressive in its own right, but the fact that Windsor’s Dominick Serrano (132) and Isaiah Salazar (182) are attempting to accomplish it as teammates in the same year is even more special. And even more special is the fact that Serrano has never been beaten in high school. In state or out of state. It’s only been done once, by Arvada West’s Kyle Sand. Soak in these last moments with these all-time great Colorado wrestlers.


4A Region 4

Site: Mesa Ridge High School

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Teams:

#4 Pueblo County
Mesa Ridge
Denver South Air Academy
Discovery Canyon Palmer Ridge
Lewis Palmer
Thomas Jefferson
Liberty Vista Peak
Littleton Vista Ridge
Roosevelt

Who to watch: 

106
#3 Isiah Blackmon, Lewis-Palmer
113
#3      Eric Griego, Pueblo County
#4      Skyler Hunt, Lewis Palmer
120
#3      Boden White, Pueblo County
126
#6      Will Loecke, Roosevelt
132
#3      Clayton Robinson, Roosevelt
138
#5      Trevor Cisneros, Pueblo County
145
#4      Cole Stephenson, Lewis Palmer
#5      Bailey Badwound, Air Academy
152
#1      Jaxon Garoutte, Pueblo County
#2      Isaias Estrada, Thomas Jefferson
#6      Isaiah Brown, Mesa Ridge
#7     Dylan Ruane, Discovery Canyon
170
#5      Andrew Keegan, Discovery Canyon
#6      Kenneth Guinn, Mesa Ridge
195
#2      Bryce Garcia, Pueblo County
#4      Miles Beam, Roosevelt
220
#2      Jared Volcic, Mesa Ridge
#3      Gavin Howes, Pueblo County
285
#3      Matthew Moore, Mesa Ridge

This couldn’t have shaped up a whole lot better for Pueblo County, who sit at No. 4 in the 4A rankings but still has enough firepower in its arsenal to make a run at a trophy next week. While the Hornets are the clear favorites in Region 4, there’s still plenty of talent (i.e. Mesa Ridge, Roosevelt, and more) that can make an impressive regional run.

152: Easily the bracket with the most intrigue here. Pueblo County’s Jax Garoutte is the defending champ, but Thomas Jefferson’s Isaias Estrada handed the Hornet his only in-state loss — an 8-8 overtime thriller — earlier this season at the Northern Colorado Christmas Classic. Throw in the other contenders, including Mesa Ridge’s Isaiah Brown and DisCo’s Dylan Ruane, and we have ourselves a barnburner in the making.


5A Region 1

Site: Cherokee Trail High School

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Teams:

#1 Pomona #9 Poudre
#2 Cherokee Trail Aurora Central
Arvada West Cherry Creek
Fruita Monument Eaglecrest
Heritage Gateway
Hinkley Overland
Smoky Hill Rangeview

Who to watch: 

106
#2 Derek Glenn, Cherokee Trail
#4 Vincent Cabral, Pomona
#5 Tony Garcia Lopez, Poudre
113
#3 Joey Airola, Boulder
120
#1 Elijah Olguin, Pomona
126
#4      Jakob Romero, Pomona
132
#3      Josiah Parsons, Pomona
#4      Max Franz, Cherry Creek
138
#1      Daniel Cardenas, Pomona
#2      Dean Noble, Poudre
145
#4      Walker Heckendorf, Poudre
160
#1      Gage Bernall, Pomona
#5      Anthony Stack, Arvada West
170
#3      Roman Cruz, Pomona
182
#5      Sage Harrison, Poudre
195
#1      Franklin Cruz, Pomona
220
#1      Samuel Hart, Cherokee Trail
#3      Ian Tullos, Cherry Creek
285
#5 Julian Williams, Cherokee Trail
#7      Moises Islas, Heritage

Cherokee Trail is hot. Pomona is scorching. The 5A Region 1 tournament is going to be a show. The top two teams in the state are converging, along with No. 9 Poudre and others, and it’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out. Pomona is looking to go wire-to-wire and win another regional and state title, while Cherokee Trail is looking to play spoiler. This is what is so great about this time of year!

138: Pomona’s Daniel Cardenas is just a sophomore, but the Panther aims to win a second state title in a week’s time. Perhaps his biggest challenger, Poudre’s Dean Noble, happens to be in the same region. This could be a state final preview for those in attendance at CT this weekend. The two have met on the mat once before, with the stout sophomore from Pomona scoring a technical fall in the Top of the Rockies championship match.

220: Sam Hart of Cherokee Trail is a big dude, and he’s every bit as athletic and talented as he looks. I mean, the kid is going to Ohio State to play football. But first, he has his sights set on a state wrestling title. Hart is ranked No. 1 in 5A, and will contend with No. 3 Ian Tullos of Cherry Creek in the region on his quest for redemption after a runner-up performance at 220 pounds a year ago.


5A Region 2

Site: Legacy High School

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Teams:

#3 Monarch #10 Legacy
Douglas County Arapahoe
Bear Creek Doherty
Chatfield
Highlands Ranch
Denver East ThunderRidge
Fruita Monument Valor Christian
Ralston Valley Westminster

Who to watch:

113
#4    Dillon Roman, Monarch
120
#1      Armando Garcia, Denver East
#3     Ryan Kuykendall, Monarch
#4      Justin Kelchen, Douglas County
126
#1      Vince Cornella, Monarch
138
#4      Ivan Morris, Douglas County
145
#2      Joey Joiner, Legacy
#4  Max Fredricksmeyer, Monarch
152
#3      Jeremiah Williams, Fruita
160
#2    Nathan Fitzpatrick, Monarch
170
#1      Tyson Beauperthuy, Doherty
182
#2      Taaron (TJ) LaFrancis, Arapahoe
#3      Grady Funk, Legacy
195
#3      Brock Schilling, Thunderridge
220
#4      Tyson Lambert, Thunderridge
285
#5      Tyler Doyle, Thunderridge

When it comes to up-and-coming programs, the surging Monarch Coyotes are among the highlights. Led by junior Vince Cornella, already a two-time state champ, Monarch is poised to finish at or near the top of 5A this season. Cornella has been untouchable during in-state competition this season, with his only loss coming at the uber tough Doc Buchanan Invite in California back in January.

120: Another Coyote to watch is Ryan Kuykendall (No. 3), another junior who has turned in a 36-3 record coming into regionals. Kuykendall will square off with the likes of top-ranked Armando Garcia (Denver East) and No. 4 Justin Kelchen (Douglas County) with the hopes of winning a coveted regional title.


5A Region 3

Site: Fort Collins High School

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Teams:

#4 Rocky Mountain #6 Brighton
Columbine Centaurus
Fairview Fort Collins
Fossil Ridge
Mountain Range
Horizon Northglenn
Prarie View Pine Creek
Thornton

Who to watch:

106
#6      Ane’e Vigil, Prairie View
#3      Lance Johnson, Rocky Mountain
113
#1      Kenny Sailas, Brighton
#2      Alec Beltran, Horizon
120
#6      Josiah Alvarado, Prairie View
132
#6  Christian DeHerrera, Rocky Mountain
138
#3      Kolten Strait, Rocky Mountain
152
#1      Cody Ginther, Fossil Ridge
#2      Antonio Guerrero, Brighton
#6      Hudson Cropp, Fort Collins
160
#4      Jace Graves, Pine Creek
170
#2      Draygan Colonese, Pine Creek
#4    Trey Hardy, Rocky Mountain
#5      Mitchell Bond, Prairie View
182
#4      Matt Kinerson, Rocky Mountain
#5      Jack Forbes, Columbine
195
#2      Alec Hargreaves, Rocky Mountain
#6      Scott Vejnar, Mountain Range
220
#2      Dylan BravoPacker, Brighton
#5      Elias Pineda, Northglenn
285
#1      Zach Schraeder, Columbine

Top-ranked wrestlers pepper the field at Region 3, and when it comes to the top contending teams look no further than FoCo’s own Rocky Mountain High. The Lobos have been hanging around the top four all season according to Tim Yount’s On the Mat Rankings, and they have an extra edge coming into a region that also includes defending state champ Kenny Sailas and No. 6 Brighton.  Another Fort Collins local, Cody Ginther of Fossil Ridge, looks to put on a show for the home crowd (albeit a different gym) as the top-ranked wrestler at 152 pounds.

113: Sailas’ main competition is right here in the same region, as Horizon’s Alec Beltran enters the tournament ranked right behind the defending champ at 113. The two have yet to meet this season, but could become quite familiar with one another over the next two weeks.

195: Defending state champ Alec Hargreaves highlights the bracket, and arguably the region, as he seeks to get back atop the podium next weekend. Hargreaves is ranked N0. 2 the state and figures to clash with No. 6 Scott Vejnar of Mountain Range in order to advance to defend his title next week.


5A Region 4

Site: Mountain Vista High School

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Teams:

#5 Ponderosa
#7 Grand Junction
#8 Grandview Castle View
Chaparral Far Northeast
Fountain Ft. Carson Legend
Adams City Mountain Vista
Lakewood Regis Jesuit
Rampart Rock Canyon

Who to watch: 

106
#1      Frankie Sanchez, Grandview
113
#5 Jacob Bostelman, Ponderosa
#7      Andrew Leyba, Grand Junction
126
#2      Dawson Collins, Grand Junction
#3      Murphy Menke, Ponderosa
132
#1      Jaron Mahler, Ponderosa
#2      Kieran Thompson, Grand Junction
#5      Alex Santillan, Grandview
138
#5      Aidan Lenz, Ponderosa
145
#1      Antonio Segura, Regis
#3      Traevin Osborn, Ponderosa
#5      Ben Bancroft, Rampart
152
#3      Karter Johnson, Ponderosa
#4      Adin Weaver, Mountain Vista
160
#3      Christian Hafey, Grand Junction
182
#1      Joe Renner, Grandview
285
#2      Jonah Rubadue, Chaparral
#3      Luke Sandy, Legend
#6      Junious Gooden, Grand Junction

Grand Junction makes perhaps the longest trek to a regional in 5A, but they’re not just coming to take part. They’re coming to compete for a regional title. Standing in the way of that goal is Ponderosa, the preseason No. 2 who has fluctuated within the top five all season but certainly carries enough talent to make a run. Throw in Grandview, which has a few mighty bright spots in the lineup, and this could easily be the most unpredictable tournament of the weekend.

132: Pondo’s Jaron Mahler has been a mauler this season, racking up a 27-5 record that includes a Top of the Rockies championship back in January. The No. 1 ranked Mustang seeks to emerge from a regional field that includes No. 2 Kieran Johnson of Grand Juction, whom Mahler edged in the semifinals at that same tournament.

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