STERLING -- Lyons High's William Hickman, Kanyon Raper and Jon Hickman will all be representing the Lions at next week's Class 2A State Tournament after each finished third in his respective weight class at the Class 2A Region 3 tournament on Saturday.
William Hickman, a freshman, pinned three of the four opponents he faced at Northeastern Junior College. The last, Wray's Michael Flroes, went down in just 45 seconds, earning Lyons' lightest competitor a third-place finish at 106.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class qualify for state.
Twin brother Jon Hickman finished with an identical record and placement while wrestling at 170. The heavier Hickman disposed of his opponents in similar fashion, securing his final two victories via pins. Jon also took out a Wray wrestler, senior Thomas Groves, in the third-place match to punch his ticket to state.
A third LHS freshman, Raper, rounded out the trio of state-bound grapplers. After falling to Ramon Tarin of Wray, who would go on to win the title, Raper earned back-to-back victories at 126 to secure the third-place finish. The frosh withstood a double-overtime contest against Akron's Tyler Hottinger, which the Lion won 5-4, to reach the third-place match. Raper followed up that performance with a 2-0 decision to complete his day.
Lyons' Kelten Tschanz and Cameron Grossnickle also placed at the regional, both finishing fifth.
CLASS 2A REGION 3
At Northeastern Junior College
Team scores -- Highland 200.5, Wray 166, Sedgwick County-Fleming 155, Yuma 127, Akron 122.5, Holyoke 112, Merino 107, Lyons 90, Wiggins 89, Stratton 67.5, Byers 60, Lutheran-Parker 44, Miami-Yoder 3.
LYONS RECORDS, PLACES
106 -- William Hickman, 3-1, 3rd place; 113 -- Cameron Grossnickle, 3-2, 5th place; 126 -- Kanyon Raper, 3-1, 3rd place; 138 -- Daniel Fager, Lyons, 0-2; 152 -- Kelten Tschanz, 4-2, 5th place; 170 -- Jon Hickman, 3-1, 3rd place; 220 -- Gaspar Vasquez, 0-2; 285 -- David Plute, 1-2.
COLUCCI QUALIFIES FOR BOULDER
WESTMINSTER -- The Boulder High wrestling team produced one state qualifier and had another member place in the top six at the Class 5A, Region 4 Tournament at Standley Lake High School.
Having lost two of his first three matches in the regional, Panther senior Theo Colucci battled back to defeat his final two opponents at 220 pounds and earn a spot at the state tournament. After beating Gateway's Shane Yeo for the second time in the tournament, Colucci won a 7-4 decision over Coronado freshman Ryan Strabala in a wrestle-back to secure the fourth and final state-qualifying spot from the weight class.
Sophomore Martin Selby also had a strong showing for BHS, going 2-3 at the tournament. Competing at 138, he won his first two matches before falling to eventual first-place winner Taylor Killion of Fossil Ridge. Selby later dropped a 5-3 decision to Grand Junction's Louis Guillen in the fifth-place match.
CLASS 5A REGION 4
At Standley Lake HS
Team scores -- Chaparral 203, Coronado 201.5, Fruita Monument 181.5, Fossil Ridge 178, Grand Junction 127, Thunderridge 127, Westminster 79, Overland 78.5, Gateway 63.5, Hinkley 60.5, Denver East 58, Columbine 53, Highlands Ranch 42, Standley Lake 42, Aurora Central 35.5, Boulder 27.
BOULDER RECORDS, PLACES
106 -- Morgan Reynolds, 0-2; 113 -- Nina Gustafson, 0-2; 126 -- Zenobe Romjin, 1-2; 132 -- Leete Skinner, 1-2; 138 -- Martin Selby, 2-3, 6th place; 145 -- Josh Harrison, 0-2; 152 -- Keaton Williams, 0-2; 160 -- Reed Krause, 0-2; 170 -- Jack Wizlach, 0-2; 220 -- Theo Colucci, 3-2, 4th place.
HOLY FAMILY SENDS 5 TO STATE
EATON -- Despite competing in just seven of 14 weight classes, the Holy Family wrestling squad qualified five of its wrestlers for the state tournament at the Class 3A, Region 2 Tournament.
Sophomore twins Julian and Joseph Prieto led the way for the Tigers, with both dominating their weight classes as the top seeds. Julian pinned all three his opponents, the final of which came in 2 minutes, 49 seconds against Brush's Macky Sandoval to take first place at 120.
Joseph also breezed through his bracket, collecting three pins to match his brother. Wrestling at 126, he secured his first-place spot by taking care of Platte Valley's Ryan Waite in 1:55.
At 220 Daniel Jansen took third place despite dropping his first match of the regional to Fort Lupton's Jacob Ornelas in a 6-0 decision. But Jansen made the most of his second chance at Ornelas later in tournament, earning a 5-2 decision over his opponent in the third-place match to exact revenge and qualify for state.
Sophomore Vincent Casados and freshman Ben Lavoie both took advantage of early wins in the regional to secure their spots. Casados, who fell to 2-2 after dropping the third-place match, avoided a wrestle-back by virtue of having beaten Platte Valley's Andrew Jarmillo earlier in tournament and thus awarded the fourth and final spot at 113.
Lavoie finished fourth in similar fashion while wrestling at 195. After defeating Eaton's Trey Stephens in a 8-4 decision his first match of the regional, Lavoie was spared from having to battle the same opponent a second time in a wrestle-back for fourth place. The Tiger finished with a 2-2 record for the tournament.
CLASS 3A REGION 2
At Eaton HS
Team scores -- Valley 233, Brush 219, Platte Valley 148.5, Fort Lupton 145.5, Eaton 138, Sterling 121, Strasburg 112, Holy Family 103, University 67, Faith Christian 38, Estes Park 23.
HOLY FAMILY RECORDS, PLACES
113 -- Vincent Casados, 2-2, 4th place; 120 -- Julian Prieto, 3-0, 1st place; 126 -- Joseph Prieto, 3-0, 1st place; 182 -- Joel Meyer, 0-2; 195 -- Ben Lavoie, 2-2, 4th place; 220 -- Daniel Jansen, 2-1, 3rd place; 285 -- Willy Clements, 1-2.