Cochi: What to look for at the 2015 wrestling state championships

Greg Lindstrom
bradcochimug.jpg sports reporter Brad Cochi pictured Friday, August 2, 2013. (Greg Lindstrom/Times-Call)

The state wrestling championships will be held this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Spread out over four classifications, there are 49 wrestlers from the coverage area competing in the event. Here is a preview of what to expect from the area’s qualifiers including storylines, a team-by-team qualifiers list and links to our coverage of last weekend’s regional tournaments.


Storylines to keep an eye on

– Legacy’s defending 5A state champion Ryan Deakin (43-1) holds a 3-1 advantage in a season-long battle with Broomfield’s 4A 2014 state runner-up Darek Huff (39-5). Both entering as top seeds in this season’s 5A 126-pound bracket, this local-area rivalry could decide the division’s state champion.

– Holy Family’s Joseph Prieto (34-7) won the 3A 138-pound state title last season. Not only will he attempt to win another title in 2015, this time at 145, but his twin brother Julian Prieto (39-1) is on a mission to win a title of his own at 138.

– After winning the 4A 126-pound state championship last season, Mead senior Sage Budd (42-0) is going for his second state title, now at 132 and in Class 3A.

– Silver Creek 220-pounder Mitch Webster (27-4) went 1-2 in his first trip to the 4A state tournament last season and each of the opponents he wrestled went on to place in the top six. Entering the 2015 tournament ranked third by Tim Yount’s On the Mat rankings, the Raptors senior is gunning for a medal of his own.

– Of Legacy’s six state qualifiers, all are juniors and will return next season.

– The Monarch Coyotes qualified a school-record six wrestlers for the state tournament. Thursday will mark the first appearance at the Pepsi Center for five of the six.

– After winning back-to-back 4A state titles in 2013 and 2014, the Broomfield Eagles are eager to find out how their six state qualifiers will stack up in the team’s first season at 5A.

– Longmont’s Fernando Ramos-Vega (42-5) missed out on last season’s state tournament after failing to make weight by 0.2 pounds at regionals. Ranked third in 4A at 170 pounds, the Trojans’ senior regional champion is back in the mix in 2015.

– Though he finished the 2A 170-pound state runner-up as a sophomore in 2014, Lyons’ Jon Hickman (13-0) will not compete at this year’s state tournament because of ongoing concussion problems. Hickman’s twin brother William Hickman (18-7), who placed fifth in 2A at 106 last season, will compete at 120.

– With one last chance to do it before senior Jesus Contreras (26-8) graduates from Skyline High School, Contreras and his sophomore brother Uriel Contreras (26-12) both qualified for the 4A state tournament for the first time.

– Boulder senior Martin Selby (35-5) may not have placed last season but it will be difficult for the field to prevent him from doing so at his final state tournament.

– Niwot’s Tommy Stager (41-8) made quite a splash when he placed sixth as a freshman in 2014. He’s back as a top seed in the 4A 120s bracket to see what he can do for a second-year encore.


State qualifiers by team

Class 2A

Lyons (2)

William Hickman, Jr., 120

Kanyon Raper, Jr., 145


Class 3A

Erie (5)

Adam Evertz, So., 106

Anthony Nieto, Sr., 113

Ernie Quintana, So., 132

Toby Campbell, Jr., 138

Elijah Roper, Sr., 195

Holy Family (4)

Julian Prieto, Sr., 138

Joseph Prieto, Sr., 145

Kolsen Welham, So., 152

Willy Clements, Sr., 285

Mead (5)

Jeremy Ashton, Fr., 113

Jesse Ortiz, Sr., 126

Sage Budd, Sr., 132

Brennan McDermitt, So., 160

Jack Gallegos, Jr., 285


Class 4A

Longmont (4)

Jared Wells, Sr., 132

Nathan Morris, So., 145

Fernando Ramos-Vega, Sr., 170

Logan Goodner, Jr., 182

Niwot (1)

Tommy Stager, So., 120

Silver Creek (3)

Sawyer Novara, So., 106

Kenny Jones, Jr., 195

Mitch Webster, Sr., 220

Skyline (2)

Uriel Contreras, So., 113

Jesus Contreras, Sr., 145


Class 5A

Boulder (1)

Martin Selby, Sr., 160

Broomfield (6)

Preston Renner, Fr., 106

Brandon Tyson, Jr., 113

Darek Huff, Sr., 126

Randall Baker, Sr., 145

Connor Ventura, Jr., 152

Mason Watt, Fr., 285

Centaurus (3)

Justin Montoya, Sr., 160

Michael Steele, Sr., 220

Forrect Lalaguna, Jr., 285

Fairview (1)

Cliff Lester, Sr., 138

Legacy (6)

Devan Cogil, Jr., 106

Ryan Deakin, Jr., 126

Nolan Funk, Jr., 170

Matt Hebel, Jr., 182

Derek Coleman, Jr., 195

Tui Faamausili, Jr., 285

Monarch (6)

Parker McQuade, Fr., 113

Cole Polluconi, Fr., 120

Taylor Dawal, Jr., 126

Caden Feenstra, Jr., 132

Ben Ferrera, Sr., 145

Ian Scott, Jr., 285 coverage of local regional tournaments

5A Region 1 (Legacy, Boulder)

5A Region 3 (Centaurus, Monarch)

4A Region 3 (Frederick, Longmont, Niwot, Silver Creek, Skyline)

3A Region 1 (Erie, Holy Family, Mead)


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