DENVER -- Football was always Daniel Jansen's first love. Although Holy Family wrestling coach Joe Domko tried repeatedly to recruit him, Jansen always resisted.
But when Jansen finally caved to the temptation to wrestle last season, it quickly became apparent that he had something special.
At the Pepsi Center on Friday, Jansen (25-10) lost 5-1 to Platte Canyon senior Justice Reddick in the 220-pound semifinals. The Tigers senior can now place no lower than sixth and can climb up the podium to as a high as third.
After the tournament, he said he was proud of how far he has come.
"I'm glad we're here. To come so close to it is really just an honor to represent my school and coach Domko," Jansen said. "It was a really good day and tomorrow I'm gonna come back and get third."
Jansen's father Will Jansen urged him to wrestle. Now that he has for two years, Jansen said the life lessons he's learned from wrestling have created a duality between the mat and the football field as the two places he likes to be most.
"He was right when he said it's the greatest sport in America," Jansen said. "From this point last year to where I am now, it's great."
Jansen, who likely won't wrestle again after this weekend, went 2-2 at state last year and just missed the podium. He lost in the consolation quarterfinals in a match Domko said he could have won by pin but, inexperienced as he was, he didn't know how to figure out how to finish the move.
Domko said Jansen has figured it out this season, and then some.
"Daniel has it in his DNA," Domko said. "His dad was a very, very good wrestler in high school and at the college level. And now, here he is, right back here again. This year, oh my goodness, his practices have been focused and he's been a totally different wrestler."
Jansen pinned Trinidad's Brian Shaw in 3:43 during the quarterfinals in the morning on Friday.
Tigers sophomore Vincent Casados (32-8) began the afternoon with a 7-0 decision over Dolores Huerta's Xavier Solis. He then wrapped up the evening with an 18-3 technical fall over Florence's Dillon Bellino.
Also for the Tigers, one half of a bid for twin champions advanced to the finals but the other fell. Wrestling semifinals matches two mats apart, Tigers sophomore Joseph Prieto pinned Bayfield's Colter McMenimen in 1:10 to advance to Saturday's 126-pound finals while 120-pound Julian Prieto was pinned by top-seeded Levi Maes from Sheridan in 5:11.
Joseph Prieto is now the first state finalist in Holy Family school history.
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CLASS 3A RESULTS
DENVER -- Results Friday from the Colorado Class 3A state high school wrestling tournament held at Pepsi Center.
Alamosa 118.5; Bennett 97; Centauri 85.5; Valley 75.5; Hotchkiss 60.5; Valley 75.5; Hotchkiss 60.5; Brush 55.5; Ft. Lupton 53; Eaton 51; Olathe 49; Holy Family 47; Buena Vista 39; Jefferson 35; Platte Valley 35; Salida 34; Sheridan 34; Monte Vista 33.5; La Junta 33; Lamar 30; Florence 27; Platte Canyon 27; Classical Academy 26.5; Grand Valley 26; Trinidad 23; Dolores Huerta 22; Sterling 21; Bayfield 16; Middle Park 14; Pagosa Springs 13; Ellicott 12; Basalt 11; Strasburg 11; Moffat County 10; University 10; Cedaredge 6.5; Ridgeview 6.5; St. Mary's 4; Faith Christian 3; Lake County 3; Manitou Springs 3; Gunnison 2.5.
106 pounds -- Tel Kelley, Alamosa dec. Channing Lewis, Eaton, 9-2; Diondre Garcia, Monte Vista dec. Colby Duncan, Sterling, 9-3.
113 pounds -- Conrad Cole, Brush maj. dec. Michael Johnson, Lamar, 9-1; Ruben Lucero, Valley dec. Austin Shank, Olathe, 11-9.
120 pounds -- Levi Maes, Sheridan pinned Julian Prieto, Holy Family, 5:11; Neff Malouff, Alamosa dec. Trenton Piatt, Olathe, 10-6.
126 pounds -- Aaron Cisneros, Jefferson pinned Dakota Macy, Ft. Lupton, 3:41; Joseph Prieto, Holy Family pinned Colter McMenimen, Bayfield, 1:10.
132 pounds -- Joshua Miller, Bennett maj. dec. Omar Sotelo, Valley, 11-2; Jacob Solseth, Olathe dec. Kole Kelley, Alamosa, 7-5 OT.
138 pounds -- Jesse Head, Hotchkiss pinned Joel Contrereas, Sterling, :36; Andrew Register, Classical Academy dec. Brandon Heredia, Alamosa, 3-2.
145 pounds -- Jason Buhr, Centauri maj. dec. Anthony Mozal, Valley, 18-4; Joe Boyle, Hotchkiss pinned Dillon Vance, Alamosa, 1:51.
152 pounds -- John Lopez, Buena Vista dec. Jake Morrow, Brush, 6-5; Scott Sandoval, Florence dec. Jackson Wright, Valley, 4-3.
160 pounds -- Micah Keys, Centauri pinned Hunter Bell, Bennett, 4:44; Taylor Maik, La Junta dec. Patrick Gore, Valley, 4-0.
170 pounds -- Caleb Copeland, Bennett pinned Bryan Hegwood, Grand Valley, 3:52; Donaciano Vurciaga, Ft. Lupton dec. Keegan Wentz, Buena Vista, 8-7.
182 pounds -- Jareb Aziz, Centauri pinned Riley Jones, Eaton, 2:26; Gunner Robinson, Alamosa pinned Kory Hudson, Bennett, 5:20.
195 pounds -- Thane Smith, Salida maj. dec. Connor Jennings, Middle Park, 12-2; Nick Jones, Alamosa maj. dec. Austin Ramos, Valley, 17-7.
220 pounds -- Dalton Shoop, Eaton pinned Jacob Ornelas, Ft. Lupton, 1:28; Justice Reddick, Platte Canyon dec. Daniel Jansen, Holy Family, 5-1.
285 pounds -- Raul Rios, Platte Valley pinned Hayden Bickel, La Junta, 1:28; Corby Wyett, Bennett dec. Raymond Riggins, Trinidad, 6-2.
106 pounds -- Tel Kelley, Alamosa tech. fall Cody Pfau, Grand Valley, 17-2; Channing Lewis, Eaton pinned Andrew Clark, Bennett, 1:48'; Colby Duncan, Sterling dec. Patrick Esparsen, Centauri, 7-4; Diondre Garcia, Monte Vista dec. Austin Todd, Cedaredge, 10-4.
113 pounds -- Conrad Cole, Brush maj. dec. Jose Duran, Monte Vista, 11-1; Michael Johnson, Lamar pinned Garrett Toothaker, Hotchkiss, 4:00; Ruben Lucero, Valley pinned Dillon Bellino, Florence, 5:00; Austin Shank, Olathe pinned Benjamin Medina, Ft. Lupton, 5:06.
120 pounds -- Levi Maes, Sheridan dec. Hector Chagoya, Basalt, 11-6; Julian Prieto, Holy Family tech. fall Christian Guerrero, Dolores Huerta, 19-2; Neff Malouff, Alamosa tech. fall Macky Sandoval, Brush, 17-2; Trenton Piatt, Olathe pinned Reece Alles, University, 1:15.
126 pounds -- Aaron Cisneros, Jefferson maj. dec. Ryan Waite, Platte Valley, 17-5; Dakota Macy, Ft. Lupton dec. Cody Cowan, Monte Vista, 4-3; Colter McMenimen, Bayfield dec. Jake Schoenfeld, Salida, 8-3; Joseph Prieto, Holy Family dec. Ethan Coombs, Centauri, 8-4.
132 pounds -- Joshua Miller, Bennett dec. Adam Visconti, Middle Park, 14-7; Omar Sotelo, Valley dec. Christopher Martin, Centauri, 10-4; Kole Kelley, Alamosa dec. Alec Petterson, Brush, 4-2; Jacob Solseth, Olathe dec. Austin Walters, Platte Valley, 7-5.
138 pounds -- Jesse Head, Hotchkiss pinned Jared Mestas, Dolores Huerta, 1:05; Joel Contrereas, Sterling pinned Tucker Schultz, Grand Valley, 4:51; Andrew Register, Classical Academy dec. Drake Rhodes, Bayfield, 3-2; Brandon Heredia, Alamosa dec. Brandon Coleman, Salida 10-5.
145 pounds -- Jason Buhr, Centauri maj. dec. Ruben Chagoya, Basalt, 21-11; Anthony Mozal, Valley dec. George Stagg, Grand Valley, 6-1; Dillon Vance, Alamosa dec. Fabian Hermosillo, Ellicott, 7-5; Joe Boyle, Hotchkiss pinned Zechariah Garcia, Ft. Lupton, :26.
152 pounds -- John Lopez, Buena Vista dec. John Jordan, Bennett, 3-2; Jake Morrow, Brush dec. Julian Gallegos, Dolores Huerta, 7-0; Scott Sandoval, Florence dec. Elias Altimarano, La Junta, 9-5 3OT; Jackson Wright, Valley pinned Dustin Head, Hotchkiss, 3:09.
160 pounds -- Micah Keys, Centauri pinned Matt Wortman, University, 2:40; Hunter Bell, Bennett dec. Michael Salazar, Grand Valley, 16-9; Patrick Gore, Valley dec. Austin Vance, Monte Vista, 8-5; Taylor Maik, La Junta dec. Cameron Krautschun, CS Christian, 2-1.
170 pounds -- Caleb Copeland, Bennett pinned Kyle Rosenbrock, Brush, 1:38; Bryan Hegwood, Grand Valley pinned Jensen Hamilton, Centauri, 5:23; Donaciano Vurciaga, Ft. Lupton pinned Marcus Garcia, Dolores Huerta, 1:28; Keegan Wentz, Buena Vista dec. Lucas Chieppo, Ridgeview, 6-3.
182 pounds -- Jareb Aziz, Centauri dec. Koby Close, Buena Vista, 4-2; Riley Jones, Eaton pinned Kyle Hicks, Lamar, 3:24; Kory Hudson, Bennett tech. fall Jesse DeMoor, Moffat County, 19-2; Gunner Robinson, Alamosa pinned Cody Garrett, Middle Park, :46.
195 pounds -- Thane Smith, Salida pinned Indiana Hooser, Platte Canyon, 1:59; Connor Jennings, Middle Park dec. Abren Tenorio, La Junta, 8-7 3OT; Austin Ramos, Valley tech. fall Oscar Marez, Trinidad, 15-0; Nick Jones, Alamosa pinned Tanner Crist, Lamar, 2:40.
220 pounds -- Dalton Shoop, Eaton pinned Jayce Montoya, Sheridan, :38; Jacob Ornelas, Ft. Lupton pinned Pablo Villarreal, Alamosa, 3:47; Justice Reddick, Platte Canyon pinned Joe Carwin, Brush, 3:50; Daniel Jansen, Holy Family pinned Brian Shaw, Trinidad, 3:43.
285 pounds -- Raul Rios, Platte Valley pinned Jesse Lucero, Jefferson, 3:05; Hayden Bickel, La Junta dec. Creede Wiley, Pagosa Springs, 1-0; Raymond Riggins, Trinidad pinned Zach Taylor, Hotchkiss, 3:36; Corby Wyett, Bennett pinned Matt Eckstein, Bayfield, 5:17.
LOCAL CONSOLATION FIRST ROUND
113 -- Vincent Casados, Holy Family dec. Xavier Solis, Dolores Huerta, 7-0.
195 -- Edward Rodriguez, Buena Vista dec. Ben Lavoie, Holy Family, 9-3.
LOCAL CONSOLATION SECOND ROUND
113 -- Vincent Casados, Holy Family tech. fall Dillon Bellino, Florence, 18-3.