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Wrestling: Frederick Invitational sees multiple champions from area

Skyline leads team race with fourth-place finish

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    Cole Phillips, top, of Monarch pins Riley Payne, of Wheat Ridge, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    Jona Sanders, left, of Frederick, flips Giovanni Quintanela, of Northglenn, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    Jona Sanders, top, of Frederick, beats Giovanni Quintanela, of Northglenn, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    Reese Lehman, left, of Frederick, loses to Oscar Aranday, of Skyline, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    Victor Rangel, bottom, of Frederick, beats Joe Szymanski, of Holy Family, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    Maddox Leggett, top, beats Bryan martinez, of Niwot, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    Victor Rangel, top, of Frederick, beats Joe Szymanski, of Holy Family, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    Victor Rangel, top, of Frederick, beats Joe Szymanski, of Holy Family, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    Reese Lehman, left, of Frederick, loses to Oscar Aranday, of Skyline, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    FREDERICK, CO - JANUARY 12, 2020: Liam Laughery, of Skyline, beats Benny Hyman at 120 lbs. during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on January 12, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Maddox Leggett, top, beats Bryan martinez, of Niwot, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    Liam Laughery, of Skyline, beats Benny Hyman at 120 lbs. during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    Cole Phillips, right, of Monarch beats Riley Payne, of Wheat Ridge, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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    Victor Rangel, of Frederick, beats Joe Szymanski, of Holy Family, during the Frederick Warrior Wrestling Invite on Jan. 12, 2020.

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FREDERICK — Plenty of tough matches were found at the Frederick Invitational on Saturday, but that didn’t stop 11 area wrestlers from working their way to the championship matches in their weight class.

Out of the 11 who competed for a tournament title, five were victorious and emerged with potential momentum-building efforts.

The first area champion was Erie’s Rudy Lopez. Moving down to 113 for the tournament, Lopez has seen plenty of big matches since returning from winter break, beginning with the Doc Buchanan tournament in California last week. His bracket in Frederick included Daunte Limon of Wheat Ridge, an undefeated grappler he would face in the finals.

“Every day I’m just trying to improve and wrestle hard, basically,” Lopez said.

Lopez would have no trouble with the undefeated Limon in their championship match. Multiple takedowns were scored as he found different ways to take Limon to the ground and score back points. He eventually secured the pin with 17 seconds remaining in the match to give him four wins by fall on the day.

“I felt good,” Lopez said. “I wrestled through positions and I felt strong out there. This is my first time coming down to this weight class, and I feel this is a good one to stay. I feel comfortable here.”

Gustavo Fonseca-Walker also reached the finals for Erie. In his championship match at 132, Fonseca-Walker stayed close with Zachary Marrero of Strasburg until the third period when he was taken down and gave up back points to lose by major decision 14-4 and finish in second place.

Skyline and Frederick each had three wrestlers make it to the championship match in the tournament, the most for local teams in the field. The two teams faced off for one of those championships with Skyline’s Grayden Bridwell taking on Frederick’s Jonah Sanders at 145. Bridwell scored the lone takedown of the match and stuffed multiple takedown attempts in the final two periods to win 3-2.

“I worked my tail off to get to where I am and it showed today,” Bridwell said. “I wrestled (Sanders) before and I learned from the past experience how to stop (his takedowns).”

Oscar Aranday got the other first-place finish for Skyline at 285 with a quick throw and pin of Greeley Central’s Victor Martinez to win by fall in 28 seconds. It was his second tournament title of the month after his win in the 285 championship at the Gary Daum Classic in Niwot last weekend. Maddox Legget finished in second place at 152 following a 12-4 major decision with Jude Quinlan of Loveland.

Three finalists and multiple wrestlers placing in the top six pushed Skyline to another top-five finish as a team, this time coming in fourth place with 125 points.

“The attitude in the room has changed a lot this year,” Bridwell said. “We have been doing good and it shows. It shows a lot when we put in the work.”

Logan Rangel and Victor Rangel of Frederick would also finish in second place in their respective weight classes for Frederick. Logan lost a 9-3 decision at 138 and Victor dropped a 6-4 decision at 160.

The final two teams that saw a wrestler compete for a title were Monarch and Holy Family. Brayden Legge escaped from bottom position in the second period to win the 120 title by decision 1-0 and Zach Ferrera was pinned in the third period of his championship match at 195 for Monarch. Representing Holy Family in the finals was Hunter Branson at 170, who once again pinned his way to a tournament title with two first-round falls and a pin in the second period over Hunter Carr of Mountain Range in the championship match.

Jovani Lopez finished in third place at 285 for Niwot and Silver Creek saw Rodrigo Ordonez and Josef Dostal place to lead their respective teams.