DENVER -- Drew Romero is typically one of the most collected wrestlers on Broomfield's roster. But Friday night, the senior had his juices flowing.
It showed in his Class 4A state semifinals match with the 113-pounder recording a pin against Collin Williams to continue his run to a third straight state title. But it was not the crack at individual glory that had the senior so fired up in his match against the Thompson Valley wrestler -- it was what happened immediately before.
The Eagles have been gearing up to reclaim the Class 4A state title for the first time in three years. But that goal hit a major setback right off the bat Friday night, with 106-pound Darek Huff losing in his team's opening semifinal bout.
"We are going to refuse to let this take our title away," Romero said.
Huff's loss was heartbreaking, in part because it came off a four-point swing in the dwindling moments of the match. But it also had the Eagles dragging due to what it meant in what has turned out to be an extremely tight team race.
Broomfield entered the evening session leading in team scores, but the team's 106-pounder fell to its next closest competition at the time. Still, any momentum Discovery built off Sam Turner's win over Huff was short-lived.
"The state tournament can have some weird turns," Broomfield coach Joe Pereira said. "Yeah we had Huff go to the backside, but Discovery Canyon had its 170-pounder head there as well. So some things have a way equalizing out."
The way things shook out at the end of Friday wrestling was Discovery Canyon led, with Windsor in second and Broomfield in third team-wise. Despite trailing heading into Saturday, Pereira was optimistic about his team still making a run to its first title since 2010. The coach moved eight wrestlers to Saturday's action, more than enough firepower from his perspective to gun down a championship.
"If you get seven placers that's been enough to win it the past couple of years," Pereira said. "It's taken six the past two years."
There will be some key matchups for the Eagles finalists with Romero matching up against a Windsor wrestler for his championship and 145-pound Phil Downing against Discovery Canyon's for his. But the key, the way Broomfield's coach calculates it, is his team has to take care of business coming through the consolations.
"If we're within four points of the leader by finals we can definitely do it," he said.
Even if Broomfield misses out on a team championship Saturday, it is setting up to crown some pretty impressive individual champions. The Eagles' 170-pounder Zach Stodden is going for his first title, but Romero and Downing are each hunting down their third.
Romero's last title came with Broomfield, but his first came when he wrestled at La Junta. Downing, on the other hand, has the chance to be the first wrestler to win all three championships with the Eagles.
Even with such impressive personal high points on the horizon, Friday night the team was still stewing over how to pin down a team championship.
"We've worked hard all season, we feel like we've earned a shot at this one," Stodden said.
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CLASS 4A RESULTS
DENVER -- Results Friday from the Colorado Class 4A state high school wrestling tournament held at Pepsi Center. Complete semifinal results are available online at BoCoPreps.com.
Discovery Canyon 105, Windsor 100, Broomfield 97.5, Thompson Valley 65, Montezuma-Cortez 61, Pueblo South 61, Pueblo Central 47, Golden 43, Roosevelt 43, Falcon 33, Mead 29, Valor Christian 29, Weld Central 29, Mesa Ridge 28.5, Eagle Valley 26, Palisade 25.5, Air Academy 25, Cheyenne Mountain 24, Pueblo Centennial 24, Arvada 23.5, Canon City 23, Berthoud 22, Longmont 21, Pueblo County 14, Pueblo East 14, Erie 13, Montrose 13, Fort Morgan 12.5, Rifle 11.5, Vista Ridge 11.5, Palmer Ridge 10.5, Elizabeth 9.5, Durango 9, Niwot 9, Pueblo West 9, Woodland Park 9, Mullen 8, Sand Creek 8, Thomas Jefferson 8, Conifer 7, Mountain View 7, Summit 7, Evergreen 5, Greeley Central 5, Lewis-Palmer 4, Northridge 4, Delta 3, Frederick 2, Widefield 2.
106 pounds -- Dalton Robertson, Weld Central dec. Vladyslav Kazakov, Thompson Valley, 8-5; Sam Turner, Discovery Canyon dec. Darek Huff, Broomfield, 12-10.
113 pounds -- Drew Romero, Broomfield pinned Collin Williams, Thompson Valley 4:41; Joel Salomon, Windsor inj. def. Brandon Gonzalez, Mesa Ridge, :52.
120 pounds -- AJ Rees, Discovery Canyon pinned Nick Wittrock, Summit, 2:45; Marcus Martinez, Pueblo South maj. dec. Aaron Carrera, Pueblo East, 8-0.
126 pounds -- Bobby Amond, Cheyenne Mountain pinned Jimmy Fate, Berthoud, 5:47; Dalton Hannigan, Palisade dec. Ian Wingstrom, Ft. Morgan, 5-4.
132 pounds -- Isaac Naro, Pueblo South dec. Tanner Williams, Thompson Valley, 5-0; Sonny Espinoza, Pueblo Central pinned Travis Myers, Pueblo West, :56.
138 pounds -- Ryan Daves, Montezuma-Cortez pinned Hunter Shively, Conifer, 2:59; Jace Lopez, Roosevelt dec. Parker Simington, Thompson Valley, 11-4.
145 pounds -- Phil Downing, Broomfield maj. dec. Dominique Hughes, Mesa Ridge, 12-4; Tyler Oberg, Discovery Canyon dec. Chad Ellis, Berthoud, 2-1 3OT.
152 pounds -- Kennen Lanteri, Windsor maj. dec. Kennan Willits, Pueblo County, 12-4; Cody Soulka, Falcon dec. John Holst, Valor Christian, 9-3.
160 pounds -- Francisco Marquez, Thompson Valley dec. Kyle Soulka, Falcon, 4-2; Seager Oliver, Montezuma-Cortez maj. dec. Thomas Chisholm, Woodland Park, 13-1.
170 pounds -- Chaz Polson, Valor Christian dec. Adrian Mack, Discovery Canyon, 3-1; Zach Stodden, Broomfield dec. Caleb Cuneio, Air Academy, 5-2.
182 pounds -- Kyle Couch, Mead dec. Josh Semmler, Roosevelt, 5-1 OT; Trenton Gustafson, Montezuma-Cortez dec. Jacob Hawthorne, Vista Ridge, 5-0.
195 pounds -- Garet Krohn, Arvada tech. fall Jaime Ramos Vega, Longmont, 21-5; David Traynor, Discovery Canyon maj. dec. Logan Longworth, Weld Central, 15-5.
220 pounds -- Andy Armstrong, Eagle Valley dec. Connor Eakes, Broomfield, 3-0; Garrett Benell, Canon City dec. Evan Lancelot, Pueblo Central, 3-2.
285 pounds -- Dakota Gulley, Golden dec. Tuli Laulu, Sand Creek, 1-0; Robert Bishop-Cotner, Windsor pinned Justin Petrash, Air Academy, 1:35.
106 pounds -- Dalton Robertson, Weld Central pinned Procopio Valdez, Mesa Ridge, 5:54; Vladyslav Kazakov, Thompson Valley dec. Michael Ramirez, Pueblo South, 4-2 OT; Sam Turner, Discovery Canyon maj. dec. Josh Villa, Windsor, 14-2; Darek Huff, Broomfield pinned Clay Robinson, Niwot, 3:12.
113 pounds -- Drew Romero, Broomfield tech. fall Sage Budd, Mead, 21-5; Collin Williams, Thompson Valley dec. Jesse Ortiz, Frederick, 5-4; Brandon Gonzalez, Mesa Ridge pinned Rylen Thalhammer, Palmer Ridge, 5:45; Joel Salomon, Windsor pinned Austin Veen, Valor Christian, 3:12.
120 pounds -- AJ Rees, Discovery Canyon maj. dec. Tylar Francis, Roosevelt, 16-3; Nick Wittrock, Summit dec. Juan Lopez, Northridge, 3-2; Marcus Martinez, Pueblo South dec. Gavril Houston, Elizabeth, 6-5; Aaron Carrera, Pueblo East dec. Jonathan Lewis, Windsor, 8-3.
126 pounds -- Bobby Amond, Cheyenne Mountain maj. dec. Ben Hewson, Thompson Valley, 14-5; Jimmy Fate, Berthoud dec. Layth Dieyleh, Thomas Jefferson, 2-1; Dalton Hannigan, Palisade dec. Jacob Kay, Evergreen, 9-4; Ian Wingstrom, Ft. Morgan maj. dec. Brandon Aragon, Pueblo Central, 20-8.
132 pounds -- Tanner Williams, Thompson Valley dec. Alex Kingsley, Berthoud, 5-0; Isaac Naro, Pueblo South pinned Joey Lambert, Niwot, 3:48; Sonny Espinoza, Pueblo Central dec. Steve Turner, Discovery Canyon, 4-2; Travis Myers, Pueblo West dec. Brandon Wetsch, Erie, 10-4.
138 pounds -- Ryan Daves, Montezuma-Cortez dec. Jacob Gerken, Ft. Morgan, 5-3; Hunter Shively, Conifer dec. Dallas Rohrig, Rifle, 4-3; Parker Simington, Thompson Valley dec. Joseph Sisneros, Mullen, 11-5; Jace Lopez, Roosevelt pinned Matt Sandoval, Montrose, 1:38.
145 pounds -- Phil Downing, Broomfield pinned Austin Zuniga, Pueblo South, 3:06; Dominique Hughes, Mesa Ridge dec. Dylan Burgett, Elizabeth, 12-11; Chad Ellis, Berthoud pinned Kennan Wyatt, Pueblo Central, 4:42; Tyler Oberg, Discovery Canyon dec. Erik Guy, Palmer Ridge, 7-4.
152 pounds -- Kennan Willits, Pueblo County pinned Caleb Miranda, Pueblo Centennial, 3:11; Kennen Lanteri, Windsor dec. Nick Tarpley, Durango, 6-5; John Holst, Valor Christian dec. Jeff Burbach, Discovery Canyon, 5-4; Cody Soulka, Falcon tech. fall Mark Espinoza, Pueblo South, 16-0.
160 pounds -- Francisco Marquez, Thompson Valley dec. Spencer Urban, Roosevelt, 3-2; Kyle Soulka, Falcon dec. Ladd Bunker, Erie, 9-5; Thomas Chisholm, Woodland Park pinned Marcus Velasquez, Montrose, 5:12; Seager Oliver, Montezuma-Cortez dec. Vinny Gonzales, Windsor, 6-3.
170 pounds -- Adrian Mack, Discovery Canyon tech. fall Chandler Montes, Pueblo Central, 19-4; Chaz Polson, Valor Christian pinned Joseph Keller, Windsor 3:31; Caleb Cuneio, Air Academy dec. Josh McLaughlin, Thompson Valley, 6-3; Zach Stodden, Broomfield pinned Joseph Glenn, Lewis-Palmer, :41.
182 pounds -- Kyle Couch, Mead dec. Ty LaFramboise, Eagle Valley, 9-4; Josh Semmler, Roosevelt pinned Tremell Stanley, Mesa Ridge, 3:05; Jacob Hawthorne, Vista Ridge dec. Ian Cheatum, Golden, 7-5; Trenton Gustafson, Montezuma-Cortez dec. Cosme Martinez, Windsor, 12-5.
195 pounds -- Garet Krohn, Arvada pinned Ben Self, Air Academy, 2:47; Jaime Ramos Vega, Longmont dec. Joey Sanchez, Eagle Valley, 6-3; Logan Longworth, Weld Central pinned John Lieder, Pueblo Centennial, 5:08; David Traynor, Discovery Canyon maj. dec. Brandon Brauser, Windsor 15-3.
220 pounds -- Andy Armstrong, Eagle Valley dec. Hunter Reinert, Pueblo South, 7-5; Connor Eakes, Broomfield dec. Jacob Winter, Windsor, 4-1; Garrett Benell, Canon City dec. Damian Garcia, Pueblo Centennial, 4-2 OT; Evan Lancelot, Pueblo Central pinned Daniel Gustavson, Durango, 1:58.
285 pounds -- Dakota Gulley, Golden pinned Demitrius Miller, Pueblo Centennial, 1:50; Tuli Laulu, Sand Creek dec. Austin Harris, Broomfield, 3-2; Robert Bishop-Cotner, Windsor dec. Jesus Casillas, Montrose, 2-1; Justin Petrash, Air Academy pinned Jorge Guerra-Munoz, Greeley Central, 4:57.
LOCAL CONSOLATION FIRST ROUND
106 -- Vincent Hoffman, Mullen pinned Anthony Nieto, Erie, 2:33.
120 -- Dylan Alvarez, Broomfield maj. dec. Darian Manzanares, Pueblo, 8-0.
126 -- Tyler Hanenberg, Air Academy maj. dec. Eloy Valdez, Longmont, 8-0.
145 -- William Schell, Erie dec. Trevor Garcia, Palisade, 9-5.
152 -- Jarod Albo, Broomfield maj. dec. Jeremy Jaquess, Sand Creek, 17-6; Drake Greeott, Longmont, maj dec. John Leonard, Elizabeth, 17-7.
160 -- Ricky Ray, Discovery Canyon dec. Conner Orban, Broomfield, 7-6; Ivan Wolf, Longmont, pinned Kevin Paredes, Elizabeth, 4:25.
170 -- Fernando Ramos Vega, Longmont pinned Michael Ibarra, Mullen, 2:34; Gabe Alvarado, Mead, dec. Justin Barham, Glennwood Springs, 1-0.
182 -- Anthony Abbott, Colorado Christian pinned Luke McAnich, Broomfield, 2:34.
195 -- Demetrius Zissimos, Broomfield pinned Kyle Collins, Delta, 0:56.
220 -- Jorge Cortez, Mead for. Kenny Hardwick, Pueblo County.
285 -- Chris Palacios, Longmont pinned Marcus Garcia, Delta, 1:29.
LOCAL CONSOLATION SECOND ROUND
106 -- Clay Robinson, Niwot dec. Tyler Erzen, 10-4.
113 -- Sage Budd, Mead maj. dec. David Brown, Delta, 8-0; Matthew Lavengood, Durango, dec. Jesse Ortiz, Frederick, 5-0.
120 -- Jonathan Lewis, Windsor dec. Dylan Alvarez, Broomfield, 4-1.
132 -- Coy Zang, Rifle pinned Joey Lambert, Niwot, 1:13; Brandon Wetsch, Erie pinned Kenny Ojeda, Thomas Jefferson, 2:46.
145 -- Keenan Wyatt, Pueblo Central, pinned William Schell, Erie, 2:43.
152 -- Jared Albo, Broomfield dec. Jeff Burbach, Discovery Canyon, 6-2; Drake Greeott, Longmont dec. Caleb Miranda, Pueblo Centennial, 5-3.
160 -- Ladd Bunekr, Erie dec. Ivan Wolf, Longmont, 5-2.
170 -- Joseph Keller, Windsor dec. Fernando Ramos Vega, Longmont, 5-1; Gabe Alvarado, Mead dec. Chandler Montes, Pueblo Centennial, 5-2.
195 -- Demetrius Zissimos, Broomfield pinned Ben Self, Air Academy, 4:41.
220 -- Hunter Reinert, Pueblo South pinned Jorge Cortez, Mead, 3:53.
285 -- Jesus Casillas, Montrose dec. Chris Palacios, Longmont, 3-2; Austin Harris, Broomfield dec. Billy Dabney, Cheyenne Mountain, 8-8, OT.