Everyone in wrestling circles around the state already knew that Windsor High School was good.
The defending Class 4A champion is the home to Nebraska-bound Dominick Serrano, Air Force-bound Will VomBaur (and his brother Vance, a state finalist), two-time champion Isaiah Salazar, and a host of additional high-level competitors.
But those in the Wizards’ wrestling circle knew they could soon be getting even better.
It wasn’t until Saturday at the Wizard Duals that the relative unknown announced his presence as a force to be reckoned with at 160 pounds.
Tristan Perez, a junior who moved from the Denver area during his freshman year, wrestled transfer eligibility issues for more than a year and was unable to compete in varsity competition.
Finally established and ready to make mat magic, Perez made his Wizard debut by going 4-0 and picking up wins over a pair of Class 5A contenders. In Windsor’s second dual of the day, Perez forced overtime against Legacy’s Grady Funk, ranked No. 2, before negotiating a Funk takedown attempt into a spladle and a pin.
In the next dual against Cherokee Trail, Perez showed his ability to push the pace with three takedowns to defeat 5A No. 5 Abel Ambriz.
Not bad for a debut. Very bad for the rest of the state.
“He’s been with us for over a year and a half,” Windsor coach Monty Trusty said. “No one else really knows in the state, but all along we’ve known who he was. That was a really nice surprise because you have two quality opponents back-to-back.
“That’s a good way to make a statement that he’s legit. He’s for real.”
The Wizards, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A to open the season, went unbeaten on the day by knocking off Thompson Valley (50-21), 5A No. 5 Legacy (61-15), Cherokee Trail (64-12), and 5A No. 8 Rocky Mountain (66-12).
Brady Parker (106), Will VomBaur (126), Vincent Fortin-Munoz (132), Dominick Serrano (138), Cody Eaton (170), and Isaiah Salazar (182) joined Perez in going 4-0 on the day, while at 152 pounds Josh Willis (3-0) and Grant Crownhart (1-0) combined for an unbeaten day.
“Our depth is good,” Trusty said. “The vibe is good. The workload is good. We’re ahead of last year at this point as a program, so that’s all we can judge ourselves on.”
- Cherokee Trail’s lone team loss on the day came against the Wizards, but the Cougars were otherwise unfazed by the tough competition.
- Rocky Mountain’s Alec Hargreaves, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A at 195, stormed through the weight class by scoring four first period pins.
- Thompson Valley’s Ariel Siegel, ranked No. 2 at 120 in Class 4A, also went 5-0 with four pins and a 4-0 win over Windsor’s Jacob Parker.