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    Boulder's Steven Marics, right, is set to battle with Isaiah Garcia of Berthoud during the Frederick Invitational Saturday. Go to for more photos.

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    Boulder's Marco Deroos tries to fight off a single leg attempt of Brandon Andres of Frederick during the Frederick Invitational Saturday.

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    Niwot's Tommy Stager, left, is in control of Zachary Crosby of Mountain Range during the Frederick Invitational Saturday.

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    Frederick's Juan Rivera tries to finish off Logan Orcutt of Strasburg during the Frederick Invitational Saturday. Go to for more photos.



FREDERICK — How long has it been since the Boulder Panthers crowned two champions at the same tournament?

So long, that anybody associated with the program on Saturday didn’t have an answer.

The next time they will be ready.

The Panthers’ Liam Henderson and Edgar Carranza both made their way to the top of the podium at the Frederick Warrior Invite on Saturday and in the process gave Boulder a ton of momentum heading into the final month of the season.

“This means a lot, it means the program is building,” said Carranza, after his victory at 285 pounds over Holy Family’s Andrew Edwards. “We are just getting bigger and more numbers every year.”

Henderson, whose teammates affectionately call him “Beefcake,” received a bye in the first round of the 182-pound bracket and then recorded back-to-back pins in the quarterfinals and semifinals to set up a championship match against Loveland’s Scott Teesdale.

He hardly broke a sweat.

Henderson got Teesdale on his back and then finished the match in hasty fashion, winning by pin in just 56 seconds.

“I definitely really appreciate the coaches this year and they really give me the move that work best for me,” said Henderson, who is currently ranked No. 8 in Class 5A by On The Mat. “I didn’t have to use many in that one, that was just about being aware and keeping my head clear and thinking just enough, but not too much.”

In a loaded weight class, every little bit of momentum Henderson can seize is going to be huge going forward. Maintaining it is the key.

“I certainly hope so,” he said. “It’s a lot harder to keep it going than it is to get it, but I think something like this is good for me mentally.

“I didn’t have a lot of expectations coming into the season, mostly just to love it, but this is definitely a good boost.”

In a smaller 285 pound bracket, Carranza needed to win just one match to reach the finals and once he was there he had a familiar foe in Edwards, whom he beat last week at Gary Daum.

Still its is something that he is proud of.

“A wins a win,” he said. “And this feel good.”

It was a good day across the board for BoCo area wrestlers. Silver Creek’s Sawyer Novara got things going at 113 pounds and he looked impressive against Roosevelt’s Ethan Hays.

He built a 15-1 lead before finally scoring the pinfall late in the second period.

“I’m feeling good, but I don’t feel like I’m ready for regionals yet,” Novara said. “I need to keep practicing and conditioning is a big part of what i need to work on, get back into that physical state and preparing for regionals.”

Arguably the two best in the region, Niwot’s Tommy Stager and Holy Family’s Kolsen Welham also won crowns, each over Valor Christian — which won the team title with 170 points — opponents.

Stager pinned Payton Polson at 1:40 to win the 145 pound final and Welham, who finished eighth last week at California at the Doc Buchanan Tournament, scored a 9-3 decision over one-loss Hunter Harrison.

The tournament hosts got Jake Longstreth to the 195 pound final against Valor’s Easton Cecil, where he was up 4-0 after the first two minutes.

But the Warriors senior, who has been battling pneumonia for several weeks, ran out of gas early in the second and once he was on his back he just couldn’t find the air to recover.

“I would have been nice to win here and I really wanted to, but you can’t win them all,” said Longstreth, who has a chance to make some noise at state when he is 100 percent. “Conditioning is the biggest thing for me. Every kid I’ve wrestled that has been in the top 10, I’ve lead, just got to iron out some technique.”

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At Frederick

Team scores — Valor Christian 170, Berthoud 133, Loveland 118.5, Roosevelt 114.5, Mountain Range 112.5, Frederick 112, Strasburg 99, Standley Lake 91, Boulder 90, Fairview 60, Holyoke 60, Holy Family 58, Northridge 56, Silver Creek 53.5, Niwot 43, Golden 35, John F. Kennedy 33, Northglenn 13.


106 — Angel Rios, Roosevelt dec. Isaac Lujan, Loveland, 4-0.

113 — Sawyer Novara pinned Ethan Hays, Roosevelt, 3:34.

120 —
Caden Moster, Valor Christian pinned Jesus Trjo, Holyoke, 2:22.

126 — Louie Romero, Mountain Range dec. Bo Slaymaker, Roosevelt, 9-2.

132 — Austyn Binkly, Berthoud dec. Jordan Jackson, Northridge, 4-3.

138 —
Miles Beam, Roosevelt pinned Cody Donovan, Loveland, 1:55.

145 — Tommy Stager, Niwot pinned Payton Polson, Valor Christian, 1:39.

152 —
John Hanna, Loveland pinned Brandon Pohlman, Strasburg, 4:28.

160 —
Kolsen Welham, Holy Family dec. Hunter Harrison, Valor Christian, 9-3.

170 — Jake Welch, Valor Christian pinned John Still, Strasburg, 3:08.

182 —
Liam Henderson, Boulder pinned Scott Tessdale, Loveland, :56.

195 —
Easton Cecil, Valor Christian pinned Jake Longstreth, Frederick, 2:30.

220 — Michael Fenton, Mountain Rangepinned Connor Baillet, Berthoud, 3:42.

285 —
Edgar Carranza, Boulder pinned Andrew Edwards, Holy Family, 1:16.


106 —
Hunter Carr, Mountain Range dec. Olivia Ioppolo, Silver Creek 6-4 (OT).

113 —
Eben Rackett, Standley Lake won by forfeit over Cruz Jimenez, Frederick.

126 —
Drake Troyer, Golden dec. Cole Hoffman, Frederick, 1-0.

132 — Jonah Sanders, Frederick dec. Soren Sovndal, Boulder, 8-1.

138 —
John Murphy, Valor Christian pinned Juan Rivera, Frederick, :32.

145 —
Isaiah Garcia, Berthoud dec. Victor Rangel, Frederick, 4-3.

152 —
Tanner Eschleman, Silver Creek dec. Brock Leypoldt, Berthoud, 5-0.

220 —
Duncan Heath, Fairview pinned Cade Carter, Holy Family, 2:00.

285 —
Nathan Dooley, Mountain Range pinned Jose Lopez, Niwot, 3:58.


106 — Wyatt Carpenteer, Northridge pinned Jonah Gardner, 4:38.

120 —
Miguel Sarmiento, Berthoud dec. Cody Ayres, Frederick, 8-5.

145 — Brock Grandberg, Fairview dec. Steven Marics, Boulder, 9-2.

160 — Lex Minniear, Fairview pinned Ira Ah, Boulder, :45.

195 — Jose Zavala, Fairview dec. Nathan Hemenway, Niwot, 5-3.

220 —
Elijah Luevano, Standley Lake pinned Michael Castro, Frederick, 2:00.