DENVER -- Phil Downing took the mat for Saturday night's 145-pound state title match as one of the most decorated wrestlers in Broomfield High history.

He now stands alone.

In total control from start to finish, the Eagles junior won a 10-1 major decision over Discovery Canyon's Tyler Oberg to leave with his third state title. He is the first Eagle to ever win three crowns.

"It was pretty special," Downing said. "I felt like I dominated the match and I did what I needed to do."

Teammate Drew Romero (39-3) missed on a three-peat of his own after Windsor's Joel Salomon slipped a single leg hold and scored a takedown to upset Romero in the final seconds of the 113-pound final.

Downing, who won at 138 pounds last season and at 119 in 2011, said watching what happened to Romero made him change his entire game plan from aggression to caution.

"I felt like he was as prepared as he should have been. I didn't want that to happen to me so I just stayed calm and didn't warm up too hard," said Downing, whose pin officially clinched the Eagles the Class 4A team title. "I didn't go out there overlooking the kid even though I beat him earlier this year."

The only other multiple state title-holder for Broomfield is David Marone, who won back-to-back 215-pound state titles in 2006 and 2007. In all, the Eagles have won 23 individual state titles.


Eagles head coach Joe Pereira said the program's first goal is sending kids to wrestle in college, second individual state champions and, if they accomplish No. 2, they should accomplish their third goal of team titles. But more than anything else, they want to keep notching new accomplishments.

"That's one thing I said when I started three years ago as head coach, 'We just have to do new things every year,'" Pereira said. "We've never had a three-timer. That's big."

Downing is now the 90th wrestler to win three Colorado state titles. If he wins a fourth state title his senior season, he will become only the 17th wrestler in Colorado history to accomplish the feat.

Downing, who also won youth state titles in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, said he's not done yet.

"I'm not going to take any breaks, maybe a two-week break after this and get right back after it," Downing said. "I want to be more prepared next year so I can get a pin in the finals instead of just a major."

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Broomfield 140.5, Discovery Canyon, 129.5, Windsor 129.0, Pueblo South 95, Thompson Valley 95, Roosevelt 68, Pueblo Central 67, Montezuma-Cortez 61, Golden 49, Eagle Valley 44, Weld Central 44, Palisade 40.5, Falcon 40, Mead 39, Valor Christian 37.5, Air Academy 37, Pueblo Centennial 37, Mesa Ridge 35.5, Berthoud 32, Arvada 29, Fort Morgan 28.5, Longmont 25, Cheyenne Mountain 24, Canon City 23, Thomas Jefferson 21, Elizabeth 20.5, Montrose 19, Pueblo County 19, Pueblo East 19, Mullen 17, Sand Creek 17, Pueblo West 17, Erie 13, Niwot 13, Lewis-Palmer 12, Rifle 11.5, Vista Ridge 10.5, Durango, 9, Evergreen 9, Summit 9, Woodland Park 9, Conifer 7, Mountain View 7, Greeley Central 5, Northridge 4, Delta 3, Frederick 2, Widefield 2.


106 pounds — Dalton Robertson, Weld Central, dec. Sam Turner, Discovery Canyon, 11-9.

113 pounds — Joel Salomon, Windsor, dec. Drew Romero, Broomfield, 4-2.

120 pounds — AJ Rees, Discovery Canyon, dec. Marcus Martinez, Pueblo South, 11-5.

126 pounds — Dalton Hannigan, Palisade, maj. dec. Bobby Amond, Cheyenne Mountain, 12-4.

132 pounds — Isaac Naro, Pueblo South, dec. Sonny Espinoza, Pueblo Central, 5-2.

138 pounds — Jace Lopez, Roosevelt, dec. Ryan Daves, Montezuma-Cortez, 3-1.

145 pounds — Phil Downing, Broomfield, maj. dec. Tyler Oberg, Discovery Canyon, 10-1.

152 pounds — Kennen Lanteri, Windsor, dec. Cody Soulka, Falcon, 5-3.

160 pounds — Francisco Marquez, Thompson Valley, dec. Seager Oliver, Montezuma-Cortez, 7-2.

170 pounds — Zach Stodden, Broomfield, dec. Chaz Polson, Valor Christian, 3-2.

182 pounds — Kyle Couch, Mead, dec. Trenton Gustafson, Montezuma-Cortez, 4-2.

195 pounds — Garet Krohn, Arvada, tech fall David Traynor, Discovery Canyon, 24-9.

220 pounds — Andy Armstrong, Eagle Valley, maj. dec. Garrett Benell, Canon City, 14-3.

285 pounds — Dakota Gulley, Golden, pinned Robert Bishop-Cotner, 1:27.


106 pounds -- Darek Huff, Broomfield dec. Vladyslav Kazakov, Thompson Valley, 5-1.

113 pounds -- Collin Williams, Thompson Valley pinned Brandon Gonzalez, Mesa Ridge, 4:25.

120 pounds -- Gavril Houston, Elizabeth dec. Aaron Carrera, Pueblo East, 4-2 OT.

126 pounds -- Layth Dieyleh, Thomas Jefferson dec. Jimmy Fate, Berthoud, 6-4 OT.

132 pounds -- Steve Turner, Discovery Canyon pinned Travis Myers, Pueblo West, 3:26.

138 pounds -- Jacob Gerken, Ft. Morgan pinned Joseph Sisneros, Mullen, 1:55.

145 pounds -- Keenan Wyatt, Pueblo Central pinned Chad Ellis, Berthoud, 4:29.

152 pounds -- John Holst, Valor Christian dec. Keenan Willits, Pueblo County, 6-5.

160 pounds -- Kyle Soulka, Falcon dec. Spencer Urban, Roosevelt, 4-2.

170 pounds -- Adrian Mack, Discovery Canyon dec. Caleb Cuneio, Air Academy, 3-1.

182 pounds -- Josh Semmler, Roosevelt dec. Ty LaFramboise, Eagle Valley, 4-3.

195 pounds -- Logan Longworth, Weld Central pinned John Lieder, Pueblo Centennial, 1:50.

220 pounds -- Evan Lancelot, Pueblo Central dec. Conner Eakes, Broomfield, 3-1.

285 pounds -- Tuli Laulu, Sand Creek dec. Justin Petrash, Air Academy, 1-0.


106 pounds -- Michael Ramirez, Pueblo South dec. Clay Robinson, Niwot, 4-2.

113 pounds -- Sage Budd, Mead dec. Davis Baxter, Pueblo South, 5-1.

120 pounds -- Nick Wittrock, Summit dec. Tylar Francis, Roosevelt, 5-1.

126 pounds -- Ian Wingstrom, Ft. Morgan maj. dec. Jacob Kay, Evergreen, 13-5.

132 pounds -- Justin Ray, Palisade pinned Tanner Williams, Thompson Valley, :56.

138 pounds -- Parker Simington, Thompson Valley dec. Hunter Shively, Conifer, 5-3.

145 pounds -- Austin Zuniga, Pueblo South dec. Dominique Hughes, Mesa Ridge, 7-4.

152 pounds -- Jared Albo, Broomfield pinned Drake Greeott, Longmont, 2:26.

160 pounds -- Vinny Gonzales, Windsor dec. Thomas Chisholm, Woodland Park, 8-7.

170 pounds -- Joseph Glenn, Lewis-Palmer pinned Joseph Keller, Windsor, 4:05.

182 pounds -- Cosme Martinez, Windsor maj. dec. Jacob Hawthorne, Vista Ridge, 12-3.

195 pounds -- Demetrius Zissimos, Broomfield dec. Jaime Ramos Vega, Longmont, 3-2.

220 pounds -- Hunter Reinert, Pueblo South pinned Damian Gracia, Pueblo Centennial, 2:01.

285 pounds -- Jesus Casillas, Montrose dec. Austin Harris, Broomfield, 4-2 OT.


106 -- Darek Huff, Broomfield, dec. Michael Ramirez, Pueblo South, 7-2; Vladyslav Kazakov, Thompson Valley pinned Clay Robinson, Niwot, 3:56.

113 -- Brandon Gonzalez, Mesa Ridge, pinned Sage Budd, Mead, 4:55.

152 -- Keenan Willits, Pueblo County, dec. Jarod Albo, Broomfield, 9-6; John Holst, Valor Christian, tech fall Drake Greeott, Longmont, 16-1.

195 -- John Lieder, Pueblo Centennial, dec. Jaime Ramos Vega, 10-7; Logan Longworth, Weld Central, pinned DJ Zissimos, 4:29.

220 -- Connor Eakes, Broomfield, dec. Damian Garcia, Pueblo Centennial, 3-2.

285 -- Justin Petrash, Air Academy, dec. Austin Harris, Broomfield, 3-1.


106 -- Clay Robinson, Niwot, dec. Josh Villa, Windsor, 3-2.

113 -- Sage Budd, Mead, dec. Matthew Lavengood, Durango, 2-0.

132 -- Steve Turner, Discovery Canyon, dec. Brandon Wetsch, Erie, 4-3.

152 -- Jarod Albo, Broomfield, pinned Jeremiah Clymer, Mountain View, 4:33; Drake Greeott, Longmont, dec. Devin Rothrock, Golden, 4-1.

160 -- Spencer Urban, Roosevelt, dec. Ladd Bunker, Erie, 4-2.

170 -- Joseph Keller, Windsor, dec. Gabe Alvarado, Mead, 4-3.

195 -- DJ Zissimos, Broomfield, pinned Joey Sanchez, Eagle Valley, 4:05.

285 -- Austin Harris, Broomfield, dec. Demitrius Miller, Pueblo Centennial, 2-1, OT.