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A number of wrestlers from Douglas County, Legend and Chaparral finished in the top four of their weight divisions and all three placed well in the team standings at the Dec. 2 Warrior Invitational Tournament at Arapahoe High School.
The tournament used a 16-wrestler, double-elimination format in each weight class in a sport that is an individual and team competition. Each wrestler battled to win the weight class championship. At the same time, every win earned the points needed for a school to win the tournament team title.
Terms like “take the arm,” “stand up now,” “move higher and pin him” along with other bits of advice were heard from coaches and spectators throughout the day-long tournament as a couple hundred wrestlers competed in 14 weight classes. It was non-stop action most of the day with matches going on all four mats.
Northglenn won the team title with 146 points. Douglas County finished third with 129 points, a point and a half behind second-place Coronado. Legend took seventh place in the team standings with 102 points and Chaparral was eighth with 92 points.
Huskies Coach Gary Hartman said Douglas County is a young team with only one senior on the roster.
“We only have the one senior on the roster but we are a talented team,” he said. “While there are quite a few freshmen on the roster, we have a pretty strong lineup from top to bottom.”
The Huskies had two weight division champions as Max Black won the title at 106 pounds and teammate Micah Smith took top honors in the 285-pound class. Austin Kelchen was second at 160 pounds, Ben Heckenkamp took third at 138 pounds while Drew Warner was fourth at 113 pounds and Jared Cabunoc was fourth at 132 pounds.
Legend had three wrestlers place in the top four in their weight divisions. Erik Cumley was second at 152 pounds, Kane Phomphor was third at 120 pounds an Gage Valdez Sauer was fourth at 132 pounds.
Chaparral had six freshmen compete in a high school varsity wrestling tournament for the first time, but Wolverines Coach Andy Sistek said all the athletes came into the event ready to compete.
“I am new this year and as freshman football coach I was able to convince some of my players to come out for wrestling,” he said. “Wrestling is a great sport and I want to help our guys grow and mature as they practice and compete.”
Aaron Pagels-Pacheco, Chaparral's 132-pounder, won his weight division while teammate Trey Johnson finished second at 120 pounds. Two Wolverines finished fourth in their weight divisions, Abram Bell at 138 and Cameron Klein at 145.
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