While the wrestling schedule was a little light this past week, a few local teams managed to make the most out of the Reno Tournament of Champions prior to their holiday hiatus.
Most notable were the efforts of Monarch’s Vince Cornella and Broomfield’s Bryant Walker, who took first and third, respectively, in their weight classifications.
The Coyotes and Eagles both took their full teams out to Reno, while Legacy also boasted a solid lineup for the national event.
For Cornella, weaving his way through the 113-pound bracket eventually led him back to a Colorado-oriented championship bout against Pueblo County’s Brendan Garcia — Class 4A’s second-ranked wrestler according to Tim Yount’s On the Mat. The Coyotes’ lone defending state champ, Cornella was able to pull out a 12-8 decision over Garcia to claim the Reno title, finishing his trip 5-0 with two falls, one tech fall and two victories by decision.
At 220 pounds, the Eagles’ Walker garnered a couple of big wins and eventually earned all-American status for making the round of 16 and battling into the third period against Utah’s Emerson Conlon (who later lost in the quarterfinals).
Broomfield also had a fifth place finisher in Ryan Vigil at 106 pounds. Darren Green also placed, though it wasn’t clear where he finished according to results on Flowrestling.com.
What was clear was that Colorado wrestlers excelled in the tournament. With 73 teams involved, Colorado wrestlers emerged with five weight titles and three more second place finishes.
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