It’s that time again. This week we’re just going to get right down to the action coming to a mat near you.
Much like a first period pin, this preview will get the job done quickly, give you some all-important points, and have you back in the bleachers without even breaking a sweat.
So without further ado, here are five things to watch for in Week 6 of #copreps wrestling action.
1: Arvada West Invitational
It seems like there’s a ‘Super Tournament’ just about every weekend, and the big one this week can be found in A-Town. The Arvada West Invitational continues to grow each year, and this edition draws some of the top talent from the bigger classifications.
It’s essentially a pre-Top of the Rockies primer. Just take a look at some of the teams and competitors in action:
- 5A #1 Pomona, featuring #1’s Daniel Cardenas (126), Justin Pacheco (132) and Theorius Robison (145)
- 4A #1 Windsor, featuring #1’s Will VomBaur (126), Vance VomBaur (132), Dominick Serrano (138) and Isaiah Salazar (182)
- 5A #2 Grand Junction, featuring #1’s Dawson Collins (120), JT Skalecki (170), and Hunter Tobiasson (220)
- 4A #2 Pueblo County, featuring #1’s Jax Garoutte (145) and Christopher Fasano (160)
- 4A #3 Pueblo East, featuring #1’s Zion Freeman (195), Dom Robles (220) and Andy Garcia (285)
- 3A #3 Jefferson, featuring #1 Nicholas Gallegos (152)
- And more!
SHEEEESH! In addition to a heavy-hitting team race, we are sure to see some absolutely bonkers individual matches. There could be a possible Reno rematch between Jax Garoutte and Theorius Robison. We could see VomBaur v. Cardenas.
And among guys who weren’t mentioned up top, two dudes could produce one of the most highly anticipated matches of the year at 113 pounds: Discovery Canyon’s Jett Strickenberger (#1) and Pueblo County’s Brendon Garcia (#2).
2 (TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO): Frederick Invite
It’s the first tournament action of 2019 for Andrew Alirez and Greeley Central, who have been dormant since the NCCT back in mid-December.
Alirez (4A #1, 152) has stormed out to a 14-0 start to the season (not counting forfeits or byes), unsurprising for the homegrown University of Northern Colorado commit who aims to make history by winning his fourth state title this year. Of his 14 wins, 12 have come by pin — with 11 of those coming in the first period.
The other two wins? Second-period technical falls. Ho-hum.
Loveland, Skyline, Mesa Ridge, and others will make a fun team race out of this one.
Speaking of Skyline, be sure to catch Brad Cochi’s BoCo Preps feature about the team’s big men utilizing their skills as offensive lineman to find success on the mat.
3: Bulldog Invitational (Pueblo Centennial)
Pueblo knows wrestling. Which is why it’s no surprise that Coach Gary Adamson puts on one of the best tournaments during this weekend every single year.
This year’s edition of the Bulldog Invitational brings in a relatively new Class 2A power in Cedaredge. The Bruins bring a solid mixture of youth and state championship experience (see Trey Geyer and Sean Dale) to the mix.
Meanwhile, the program at Rye is also in the rise in the 2A ranks, and the Thunderbolts will also head into town to do battle with studs from host Centennial, Pueblo South, La Junta, Central-Grand Junction, and Dumas (TX).
Looking for one to watch from the home team? Centennial’s Cole Hernandez (4A #2, 152) moved to 26-0 on the season with a win in the Dawgs’ dual against East on Thursday night.
4: Alamosa Invitational
The Mean Moose have captured team titles at every tournament they’ve wrestled within Colorado state lines this season (Rocky Ford, Pueblo East, and Pueblo South). Now they get the chance to put on a show in their home digs.
At 126 pounds, Joe Chavez (3A #1) has only lost to a pair of Colorado wrestlers this year — those being Ponderosa’s Mosha Schwartz and Discovery Canyon’s Patrick Allis — but has otherwise been solid against 3A competition.
Joining the fun is Class 2A #4 Rocky Ford, fresh off a runner-up performance at the South Colt Classic. Meloneer JJ Tapia (2A #3, 195) is on a hot streak of late, winning 12 straight after his lone loss of the season to Pueblo East’s Zion Freeman (4A #1).
Also in the mix are John Mall, Pueblo West, and Adams City, among others.
5: Vista Ridge Girls’ Alpha Wolf Tournament
We tried telling you last week that the Chatfield girls were not to be trifled with. After laying claim to the Bennett Invite team title, that seems to be true.
Chatfield crowned one champ last week — Savannah Cosme, a freshman who remains unbeaten at 118. But pure depth helped the Chargers win the first all-girls’ battle of 2019.
This week, Cosme and the Chargers will again face some tough competition including Calhan and host Vista Ridge.
Speaking of Vista Ridge, keep an eye on Wolves’ junior Bella Mitchell at 161. She has a pair of tournament titles to her name thus far in the season.
Bonus Points: BRING BACK PULSTAR
Good friend of the program Ryan Casey over at CHSAANow.com put out a call on Twitter for Parade of Champions song suggestions.
Hi we’re looking for your best suggestions for walk-in music for the Parade of Champions at the state wrestling tournament this year. Please send along any ideas you have — but the song must have little to no vocals. #copreps
— Ryan Casey (@jryancasey) January 8, 2019
All real wrestling heads know that the only correct answer is Pulstar by Vangelis. BRING IT BACK!
These guys know what’s up:
Why they ever strayed is beyond us.
— RF Wrestling (@rf_wrestling) January 8, 2019
PULSTAR!!!! Bring it back!
— Mike Jurney (@MikeJurney1) January 8, 2019
Tell ’em, Brian:
I vote for what it always was, and should be still.
— Brian Miller (@Miller_Sports) January 8, 2019
Siblings who know a few things about walking out of the tunnel on Saturday night:
Pulstar for sure. I was pretty bummed to see it changed
— Isaiah DeLaCerda (@isaiahdlc) January 8, 2019
— Elijah Delacerda (@elijahdelacerda) January 8, 2019
THREE-TIME CHAMP FROM THE TOP ROPE:
Pulstar, there’s no better feeling than walking out of the tunnel to the song of champions??♂️
— Jacob Rodriguez (@snakes2121) January 9, 2019
*Edit: An earlier version of this article stated that Joe Chavez had only lost to one Colorado opponent this year. It’s actually two — Discovery Canyon’s Patrick Allis defeated Chavez in the finals of the Pueblo East Invitational.