ARVADA — For years the Arvada West Invitational has attracted the who's-who from around the state and has often been deemed a 'Mini 5A state tournament'.
For both Monarch and Broomfield on Saturday it was a measuring stick event against some of the states best, including 5A's top-ranked team from Pomona.
When the dust settled after the semifinals, both the Coyotes and the Eagles each landed one wrestler in the finals and each of them faced an opponent that wrestled for a state title last season.
For Broomfield it was 113-pound senior Brandon Tyson, who drew Coronado junior Steve Dabelko.
For the first three periods of regulation, it was a match that wasn't all that exciting, with both wrestlers staying on their feet and never really finding any room to shoot.
"I really like tying up, especially when I go for my shots and I knew from watching a few of his earlier matches, that he wouldn't tie up with me," said Tyson, of his opponent that wrestled for the 106 pound title last season at Widefield before transferring. "I knew he was going to dive for my ankle, that's what you saw me a lot of the time on my knee.
After trading regulation one-point escapes, things picked up in overtime. Tyson finally got his elusive take-down and after Dabelko opted to go neutral to start the second overtime, Tyson led 4-1 with under a minute to go.
Tyson got penalized for stalling, meaning his opponent needed just a take-down of his own to send the match to an ultimate tiebreaker and he got it at the buzzer.
In the final 30 seconds Tyson, who was on top, needed to hold on to Dabelko for the win and was able to do so, finally winning the match 5-4.
"I ride pretty tough on top and I knew he was going to try and escape and the leg was going to try and come in because I almost always ride legs," Tyson said. "I knew I was just going to have to hold on and every time he stood up, grabbed that leg and re-turned it."
Monarch had six wrestlers in the semifinals, but only Cole Polluconi was able to break through to the finals. he faced Pomona's Dayton Marvel, winner of the 106 pound title last season as a freshman, in the 132-pound title match.
Polluconi, who is head coach Ezra Paddock's nephew, did what he needed to do early on against Marvel, scoring a takedown in the opening 30 seconds and building a 5-0 lead to force his opponent to make a comeback.
It didn't happen, and Polluconi recorded an 11-2 major decision.
"It felt good to go out there and make a statement and just say it's not all Pomona," said Polluconi, who becomes the first Monarch wrestler to win a title at A-West since 2006. "It put me in a place where he had to be desperate to win."
Despite the tough semifinals, Paddock was more than pleased with his teams sixth place overall finish, that was also bolstered by Ian Scott's third-place finish at heavyweight.
"This is even tougher than our regional tournament and last year we came here, and we did better than last year, but we built off of it," said Paddock, whose team will travel to Broomfield for a dual on Thursday night. "And that is the plan this year is to build towards regional off of today."
Broomfield had two wrestlers battle back for third-place finishes. Connor Ventura knocked off Seth Latham of Grand Junction 10-3 in a 170-pound match. Noah Dohm lost in the 220 pound semifinals, but came back to pin AWest's Dominic Vecchiarelli.
ARVADA WEST INVITATIONAL
At Arvada West
Team scores — Pomona 243.5, Grand Junction 110, Grandview 109.5, Discovery Canyon 105, Thompson Valley 102, Monarch 91, Adams City 85.5, Chaparral 75, Broomfield 73, Coronado 69.5, Arvada West 56.5, Mountain View 53, Northglenn 24, Fountain-Fort Carson 18, Durango 4.
106 — Colton Yapoujian, Pomona pinned Patrick Allis, Discovery Canyon, :40.
113 — Brandon Tyson, Broomfield won by ultimate tiebreaker over Steve Dabelko, Coronado, 5-4.
120 — Tomas Gutierrez, Pomona dec. Dylan Martinez, Grand Junction, 4-1.
126 — Vlad Kazakov, Thompson Valley decd. Theorius Robison, Pomona, 10-8.
132 — Cole Polluconi, Monarch major dec. Dayton Marvel, Pomona, 11-2.
138 — Sam Turner, Discovery Canyon major dec. Erik Contreras, Mountain View, 10-1.
145 — Jason Romero, Pomona tech. fall Tanner Patterson, Grandview, 25-10.
152 — Josiah Rider, Grand Junction major dec. Camden Roach, Chaparral, 8-0.
160 — Parker Simongton, Thompson Valley tech. fall Zachary Deaguero, Adams City, 22-7.
170 — Dawson Cranmer, Chaparral dec. Cameron Gonzales, Pomona, 5-1.
182 — Uriah Vigil, Pomona dec. Jimmy Weaver, Coronado, 3-2.
195 — Zach Gomez, Arvada West pinned Patton Graff, Thompson Valley, :31.
220 — Brandon Micale, Pomona dec. Gabriel Baumgartner, Grandview, 9-6.
285 — Joshua Vigil-Harrison, Grandview dec. Kyle Dix, Pomona, 9-2.
LOCAL THIRD-PLACE MATCHES
138 — Braydon Besse, Thompson Valley won by forfeit over Taylor Dawal, Monarch (5-match rule).
145 — Jasper Biddy, Discovery Canyon dec. Caden Feenstra, Monarch, 6-1.
170 — Connor Ventura, Broomfield won by forfeit over Seth Latham, Grand Junction (5-match rule).
182 — Schyler James, Discovery Canyon dec. Zack Walker, Broomfield, 4-2.
220 — Noah Dohm, Broomfield pinned Dominic Vecchiarelli, Arvada West, :44.
285 — Ian Scott, Monarch dec. Brandon Hodges, Pomona, 7-3.