BOULDER — The Fairview Knights represented well at their Mike Stanley home invitational tournament on Saturday, scoring the most points by any team from Boulder County in the field.
Even though it was their home tournament, Fairview coach Jim Opperman looked at it as a chance for his younger athletes to get some experience and for his team to get early traction on the season.
"To me, it might be our home tournament, but it's just the first tournament," Opperman said. "I told everyone that I wanted them to get at least three matches (today). We didn't do that completely, but we did it quite a bit. Having a good start to the season was most important to me."
The Knights were led by four wrestlers that competed for a tournament title. Three of those wrestlers would go on to win their championship match Saturday night.
The late run by Fairview saw it hanging with Fort Collins, Longmont and Horizon in a close race for the team title as well. In the end, it was Horizon who pulled through to win the team title with 143 points. Fairview finished third with 129 points in the final team standings.
"It was way better for us this year," Opperman said. "I think last year we had three in the championships and didn't win any."
Jonny Uhlig won the first championship for Fairview at 132 pounds after he scored a late takedown in the first period and pinned Michael Barone of Longmont with seconds to spare. Brock Grandberg made it two in a row for the Knights as he grinded his way to a 4-0 decision win at 152 pounds over Hudson Capp of Fort Collins.
Lex Minnear was caught on his back early in the second period and lost by fall to Dillon Lucas of Horizon at the 2:32 mark in the 170 pound championship match. The night would end on a positive note, however, as Soren Robinson scored a late pin in the third period to win the title at 182 pounds.
The tournament served as a good starting point for the season, according to Opperman.
"I'm feeling pretty optimistic," Opperman said about the season. "We still need some big kids to come up. We don't have any heavyweights or anyone at 220. If we get a couple of big kids and a few more kids in there, that would be great.
Other Boulder County champions
Plenty of other BoCoPreps area wrestlers made some noise at the Mike Stanley Invitational. Five of the six county schools competing in the tournament would send at least one wrestler to a championship match.
Longmont would tie Fairview by sending four wrestlers to the finals. Logan Novara scored the first title on the night at 106 pounds with his 6-2 decision over Ricko Buell of Horizon. The Trojans would lose two matches in the finals to other county schools with Barone losing to Uhlig at 132 and John Nicholas losing by decision 8-3 to Oran Huff of Lyons at 126. Brayden Engleking would win in impressive fashion for the 160 pound title with a pin in 47 seconds over Cole Fuller of Palmer Ridge.
Huff was the first of three wrestlers for the Lyons Lions in the finals and was one of two to win a title. Karson Bean won the other championship at 195 pounds when he secured a headlock in the second period to pin Eduardo Arreguin-Almanza. David Gardner would finish in second place at 145 pounds after losing in sudden victory 9-7 to Joe Connor of Fort Collins.
Boulder and Monarch each won an individual title in the lower weight classes. Kaleb Oliver of Boulder dominated Alec Beltran of Horizon in their match at 113 pounds, scoring quick takedowns and back points to win by technical fall 17-1 to end the second period. For Monarch, it was Max Fredricksmeyer who took first place at 138 pounds as he held on to win by decision 7-5 over Nicholas Alvarez of Palmer Ridge.
Mike Stanley Invitational
At Fairview HS
Team scores — Horizon 143, Fort Collins 137.5, Fairview 129, Longmont 103.5, Boulder 95.5, Lyons 90, Mitchell 81, Evergreen 79, Silver Creek 76.5, Far Northeast 72.5, Arvada 69, Palmer 66, Vista PEAK 55, Hinkley 50, Monarch 46, Mountain View 46, Aurora Central 37.5, Palmer Ridge 28, Riverdale Ridge 23.5, George Washington 22, Denver South 20, Estes Park 16.5, Littleton 15, Denver West 11, Gateway 0.
106 — Logan Novara, Longmont, dec. Ricko Buell, Horizon, 6-2.
113 — Alec Beltran, Horizon, dec. Kaleb Oliver, Boulder, 12-7.
120 — Malachi Contreras, Mountain View, pin. Richard Ortiz, Mitchell, 1:21.
126 — Oran Huff, Lyons, dec. John Nicholas, Longmont, 8-3.
132 — Jonny Uhlig, Fairview, pin. Michael Barone, Longmont, 1:41.
138 — Max Fredricksmeyer, Monarch, dec. Nicolas Alvarez, Palmer, 6-5.
145 — Joe Conner, Fort Collins, dec. David Gardner, Lyons, 9-7.
152 — Brock Grandberg, Fairview, dec. Hudson Cropp, Fort Collins, 4-0.
160 — Brayden Engelking, Longmont, pin. Cole Fuller, Palmer Ridge, :48.
170 — Dillion Lucas, Horizon pin. Lex Minnear, Fairview, 2:33.
182 — Soren Robinson, Fairview, pin. Isaac Renas, Vista PEAK, 5:45.
195 — Karson Bean, Lyons, pin. Eduardo Arreguin-Almanza, Mitchell, 2:37.
220 — Payton Miles, mitchell, pin. Skylar Owens-Hailey, Palmer, 1:09.
285 — Jason Reyes, Far Northeast, dec. Martin Renteria, Hinkley, 2-1.
Local Third-place matches
106 — Joey Airola, Boulder, tech. fall Bohdan Salcido, Fort Collins, 17-1.
132 — Cole Carlucci, Monarch, dec. Jonah Duarte, Horizon, 7-5.
138 — Maximus Brabson, Fort Collins, pin. Caden Tweedle, Silver Creek, 1:17.
152 — Ethan Davis, Evergreen, pin. Dominik Wheeler, Silver Creek, 1:27.
195 — Manny Arellano, Boulder, pin. Trey Padilla, Horizon, :31.
220 — Trevor Uriarte, Far Northeast, pin. Max Ruiz, Silver Creek.