LYONS — Brothers Jesus and Uriel Contreras are the top dogs when it comes to Skyline High School wrestling, and rarely will you see one without the other.
Both Jesus Contreras, a 145-pound senior ranked 11th in 4A by Tim Yount’s On the Mat rankings, and Uriel Contreras, an up-and-coming 113-pound sophomore, rely on one another for that extra push to reach their full potential. The idea is that each brother continually pushing the other to improve will help both achieve their shared objective of qualifying for the 2015 state tournament.
Sitting ringside for each others’ matches on Saturday, both Contreras brothers cheered as the other won an individual title at the Lyons Invitational. So far, it appears both Jesus and Uriel are benefiting from a little brotherly love.
“I’m a senior this year so the goal is for us to go to state together,” Jesus Contreras said. “That would be a great experience: my little brother and I going to state. And we’re not just gonna go to state to go to state. We want to make an impact.”
Despite never before qualifying for the state tournament, Jesus Contreras (15-3) has set his sights on a top-three podium finish at the Pepsi Center this year. On Saturday evening, he showed why with a 14-5 major decision over Lyons’ Kanyon Raper (ranked eighth in 2A) in the 145-pound championship match.
In a much tighter contest, Uriel Contreras (18-6) found himself tied 3-3 with Faith Christian’s Koletan Hafey entering the third round of the 113-pound title bout. With his opponent controlling the match on top, Uriel Contreras waited until the end of the round to make his move and with 20 seconds left got the reversal he needed to win 5-3.
“I knew it was tied in the third period and I just needed to hit my switch and get the two,” Uriel Contreras said. “I was waiting for the last 30 seconds because I was a little bit tired. He gave me a chance and I caught him with it.”
With 170-pounder Richard Bell placing second, Skyline finished seventh with 79.5 team points. Just ahead of the Falcons, the host Lyons Lions finished fifth with 86 points despite fielding just six wrestlers.
Leading the Lions, junior William Hickman (15-4) took first place at 120 pounds. Facing a familiar opponent from a triangular dual the night before, Hickman pinned Strasburg’s Chad Nuttall in 55 seconds.
“I wrestled him last night and I pinned him so I kind of knew how he was going to wrestle. I just wrestled him the same way today,” Hickman said. “He’s pretty tall and lanky and quick. I knew he doesn’t use much strength so it was pretty much a repeat of last night.”
Entering their junior varsity squads for the tournament, Erie placed 11th, Broomfield placed 12th and Silver Creek placed 14th.
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Team scores — Strasburg 215, Faith Christian 117.5, Estes Park 106.5, Vista Peak 99, Lyons 86, Platte Valley 84, Skyline 79.5, Littleton, 55, Clear Creek 53, Middle Park 51, Erie 47, Broomfield 40, Gilpin County 29, Silver Creek 23, Roosevelt 19.
Luc Herrera, Faith Christian, pinned Sage Rodriguez, Faith Christian, 2:00.
Uriel Contreras, Skyline, dec. Koletan Hafey, Faith Christian, 5-3.
William Hickman, Lyons, pinned Chad Nuttall, Strasburg, 0:55.
Logan Ash, Estes Park, dec. Poe Di, Littleton, 8-1. .
Marcus Guerra, Vista Peak, dec. Zach Waite, Platte Valley, 9-2.
Logan Heusser, Strasburg, pinned Austin Hill, Platte Valley, 1:30.
Jesus Contreras, Skyline, maj. dec. Kanyon Raper, Lyons, 14-5.
152 — Trevor Olsen, Faith Christian, pinned William Buchanan, Strasburg, 0:33.
Chance Falk, Platte Valley, pinned John Still, Strasburg, 1:25.
Peter Eyers, Middle Park, pinned Richard Bell, Skyline, 4:30.
Mac Hansen, Faith Christian, pinned Dillon Rogers, Estes Park, 2:23.
Brian Nichols, Strasburg, won round robind with 3-0 record.
Shane Coombs, Strasburg, won round robin with 3-0 record.
Aron Pino Valenzuala, Littleton, won round robin with 2-0 record.
Local third-place matches
Alex Wright, Lyons, won by match limit rule over Joshua Marquardt, Faith Christian.
Ryley Deckert, Erie, won by match limit rule over Cole Walker, Middle Park.
James Steadman, Estes Park, pinned Christian Vanlandingham, Erie, 4:24.
Nathanael Disher, Strasburg, pinned Cooper Bartholomew, Erie, 3:23.