Wrestling: Regional roundup

Lyons, Legacy and Monarch send heavy contingent through to state

The Lyons wrestling team scored 181 points to place second in the Class 2A Region 4 tournament and will see seven of its athletes continue their seasons at the state tournament starting Thursday at the Pepsi Center.
Oran Huff, as expected, came through with a regional title at 126 pounds as he attempts to defend a state title from a year ago. Also winning regional titles were Christian Keller (132), David Gardner (145) and Karson Bean (195). The tournament at Otero Junior College also saw Logan Odell (160), Dequlyn Keller (138) and Hunter Powell (106) qualify for those state brackets

Class 3A Region 3
Holy Family placed eighth at the tournament it hosted at HFHS on Saturday, and two Tigers will see action at the Pepsi Center next week. Hunter Branson finished second at 170 pounds, while Matthew McCarthy finished a respectable third place by improving his season record to 32-14.

Class 5A Region 1
Boulder scored 63.5 points and will have plenty to cheer about come Thursday. At 113 pounds, the Panthers’ Joey Airola secured second place, falling 5-4 to Pomona’s Jeramiah Steele. Theron Sovndal also placed second and improved his season record to 27-8 with a 3-1 weekend. Sovndal also fell in the finals to a Pomona wrestler — Roman Cruz.

Class 5A Region 2
Monarch surged ahead of the pack on Saturday at Legacy High, winning the team race at the regional and securing three regional titles in the process. Dillon Roman (113), Vince Cornella (126) and Nathan Fitzpatrick (160) scored victories to the top of the podium, and overall the Coyotes will have seven representatives at state. That includes Austin Fiala (220), Alexx Tapia (182), Max Fredericksmeyer (145) and Ryan Kuykendall (120).
For host Legacy, Joey Joiner marched along to a top finish at 145 pounds, leading the Lightning in a fourth-place team finish. Runner-up nods went to Adam Lynch (220), Grady Funk (182), Gavin Funk (160) and Kaeden Rasmussen (132).

Class 5A Region 3
Centaurus and Fairview competed in the Region 3 tournament at Fort Collins, and neither team was able to produce a state tournament qualifier — though the Knights did score 30 points with a handful of wins. Ben Cronin led FHS with a podium finish.