DENVER -- Drew Romero has accomplished plenty individually as a wrestler.
Broomfield's 113-pounder has two state titles to his name in two different classifications and has more wins than he knows what to do with. But in his final season of high school competition, the senior star's aims are a bit different.
To be certain, he wants to earn a third title to round out his career, but Romero also has another goal -- to go out as part of a championship team. And with the way the Eagles performed Saturday, the cagey lightweight is more convinced than ever this ambition will be fulfilled.
Simply put, Broomfield was a cut above the rest en route to collecting the Class 4A Region 3 championship. And the convincing win and run through the finals at Mullen High School added plenty of swagger to the Eagles' step.
"Our attitude as a team right now is we are the best; we just need to prove it," Romero said.
Pushing nine wrestlers into championship finals earned Broomfield the team title even before the consolation semifinals hit the mat. But it was not only the number of athletes the team pushed to title bouts that had the Eagles sky high, but also how the wrestlers performed once in the finals.
The team finished the tournament with five regional champions, including 106-pound Darek Huff, Romero (113), Phil Downing (145), Zach Stodden (170) and Austin Harris (285). The bevy of titles was right in line with what coach Joe Pereira believed his team was capable of producing. And even the matches where the Eagles were edged from the top of the podium, the coach felt confident in his wrestlers' performances.
"We've got a lot of kids who could win state titles, even some of the ones who finished second," Pereira said.
The volume of BHS wrestlers that advanced from the regional also had the coach excited. In total, Broomfield is sending 11 athletes to state at the Pepsi Center, way above the minimum Pereira thought the team required to stay in the title hunt.
"Worst-case scenario, I thought we'd need at least eight to stay in the state hunt," the coach said. "Having 11 is really good."
The Eagles are after more than just their third team championship in the history of the program. Broomfield also has the opportunity to set some individual milestones, with Downing aiming to become the first wrestler to win three straight titles with the team.
While BHS made Saturday's run to the regional title appear easy there was still plenty of drama in the finals matches.
Both 120-pound Dylan Alvarez and Connor Eakes (220) lost in the waning moments of their matches. But there were some heart-pounding Eagles victories that came down to the wire as well. Stodden came up with a takedown in the final minute to earn his title. And Harris turned on in the final minute and a half to pull off his victory. But the late fireworks in the heavyweight match was all part of the Eagle's plan, according to Harris.
"I was just trying to wait him out so I could finish strong," he said.
Even with everything going the Eagles' way coming out of this weekend, the team knows it still has its work cut out. State is always a wildcard, Romero points out. He and his team have to be ready for anything.
"You never know with state, anything can happen," he said. "But our mentality heading there, we're moving in the right direction."
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Class 4A Region 3 Tournament
At Mullen HS
Team scores -- Broomfield 277, Pueblo Central 187, Elizabeth 146.5, Mullen 143.5, Thomas Jefferson 136.5, Palmer Ridge 122.5, Valor Christian 100, Conifer 91, Denver South 57, Denver West 57, Wheat Ridge 52.5, John F. Kennedy 48, Arvada 45, Denver North 22, Green Mountain 21, Evergreen 20, Englewood 13.
106 -- Darek Huff, Broomfield, pin Tyler Erzen, Elizabeth, 3:54.
113 -- Drew Romero, Broomfield, tech fall Austin Veen, Valor Christian, 25-10.
120 -- Gavril Houston, Elizabeth, pin Dylan Alvarez, Broomfield, 3:35.
126 -- Layth Dieyleh, Thomas Jefferson, def. Brandon Aragon, Pueblo Central, 4-1.
132 -- Sonny Espinoza, Pueblo Central, pin Tristen Wolf, Conifer, :23.
138 -- Joseph Sisneros, Mullen, Hunter Shively, Conifer, 11-7.
145 -- Phil Downing, Broomfield, winner by injury default Keenan Wyatt, Pueblo Central.
152 -- John Holst, Valor Christian, def. Jared Albo, Broomfield, 4-2.
160 -- Adam Bryan, Palmer Ridge, pin Johnny Ray Vallejo, Pueblo Central, 5:14.
170 -- Zach Stodden, Broomfield, def. Chaz Polson, Valor Christian, 4-3.
182 -- Dillon Tussey, Conifer, maj. dec. Martin Gonzalez, Thomas Jefferson, 11-3.
195 -- Garet Krohn, Arvada, pin D.J. Zissimos, Broomfield, 3:09.
220 -- Evan Lancelot, Pueblo Central, def. Connor Eakes, Broomfield, 3-2.
285 -- Austin Harris, Broomfield, def. Zach Rios, Mullen, 3-1.
LOCAL THIRD-PLACE MATCHES
160 -- Kevin Paredes, Elizabeth, def. Connor Orban, Broomfield, 5-3.
182 -- Luke Macninch, Broomfield, pin Jake Beighey, Green Mountian, 2:03.
BROOMFIELD FIFTH-PLACE MATCHES
132 -- Randall Baker, Broomfield, def. Kyle Prario, Elizabeth, 5-3.