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DENVER, CO – Broomfield High School’s Darren Green wrestles Pueblo East High School’s Aaden Valdez during the 4A 145-pound championship match during the last day of the CHSAA State Wrestling Championships on Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Green won the match.

First Team

106 — Logan Novara, Jr., Longmont: Novara was one of two wrestlers from Longmont to reach the finals at the state championships. He came just short of the title in a 6-4 decision to No. 1 ranked Kobi Johnson of Loveland, but Novara’s finish is the best at state in his career and he should remain in position to challenge for the title next season.

111 — Kassandra Reyes, So., Mead: Reyes finished second in the girls regional tournament and qualified for the girls state wrestling championships for the second time in her career. She finished the season with a winning record and will look to be a key piece again for the Mead girls program next season when the sport will officially be sanctioned by CHSAA.

113 — Rudy Lopez, Jr., Erie: Lopez moved down a weight class this season and was rewarded for his efforts. He made a run to the championship match in Class 4A and won a thrilling tiebreaker 3-2 that led to his first state title.

120 — Ryan Kuykendall, Jr., Monarch: It was a solid season for Kuykendall, highlighted by tournament titles won at the Gary Daum and Front Range League tournaments during the regular season. Kuykendall also took third at Top of the Rockies and at regionals to help him finish 41-6 for the Coyotes.

126 — Vince Cornella, Jr., Monarch: It was another dominant season for Cornella, the second where he did not lose to a wrestler from the state of Colorado. He won all four matches at state by technical fall to win his third state title, wrestler of the year honors, and setting him up to possible join the four-time state champions group in 2021.

126 — Oran Huff, Jr., Lyons: Huff admitted last season he was not sure if he could get a state championship. This year, he had no doubt he could, going 46-1 and dominating his bracket in Class 2A, including a 13-6 decision win over two-time state champion Trey Geyer of Cedaredge to win his second state title.

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DENVER, CO – Broomfield High School’s John Beau Hostler tries to avoid a takedown by Thompson Valley High School’s Kam Hanel during a 4A 132-pound quarterfinal match during the second day of the CHSAA State Wrestling Championships on Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Hostler won the match.

132 —John Beau Hostler, Jr., Broomfield: Hostler ran into a buzz saw with Windsor’s Dominick Serrano in the finals, but his run to second place was a welcome sight after not placing at state the year before. Hostler went 32-8 for the season and will be one of the wrestlers in line for the state title in the same weight class next year.

136 — Jenna Joseph, So., Longmont: Joseph wrestled for the St. Vrain girls team in Mead and was able to get to the podium at the girls state tournament. She went 3-3 at the tournament in Thornton to finish in sixth place, the highest finish for a local wrestler in the field.

138 — John Nicholas, Sr., Longmont: The other wrestler to make the finals for Longmont was Nicholas, a steady wrestler who placed frequently at tournaments this season. In addition to his second-place finish at state, he won the Gary Daum Classic and Mile High Classic, finished second at the Northglenn Norse Invite and was fourth at the Arnold Torgerson, compiling a 34-8 record for the season.

145 — Darren Green, Sr., Broomfield: Green closed out his high school career on top for the second straight season. He held off Aaden Valdez of Pueblo East in the championship match for a second straight year and won by decision 5-3 to finish a two-time state champion. He is signed to wrestle at the University of Wyoming next season.

152 — Brayden Engelking, Sr., Longmont: Engelking was the lone local wrestler to compete at state at 152 pounds, but he made the most of it going 3-2 and finishing in fourth place at the state tournament. The senior finished with a 29-5 record in his final season with the Trojans.

160 —Nathan Fitzpatrick, Sr., Monarch: Fitzpatrick had a breakout season for Monarch and had some success at big tournaments this season. He won a title at Top of the Rockies and then at regionals, and he rode the momentum to make another deep run at state, finishing in second place in the tournament after not placing the previous year. Fitzpatrick would reach the 40-win mark for the season with his efforts.

170 — Hunter Branson, Sr., Holy Family: Branson joined the 100-win club with his title won at the Gary Daum Classic to start the new year, and that was a prelude to state, where he finished in third place. Branson had a knack for getting victories by first-round fall this season, including three at Pepsi Center to reach the podium.

182 — Antonio Welch-Soto, Sr., Broomfield: A winning season for Welch-Soto, he went 21-3 on the mats and took third place at state to wrap up his career. Before then, we won titles at Vista PEAK and at regionals while also placing at Top of the Rockies. His third-place run at state saw him finish two spots higher on the podium than the previous season.

DENVER, CO - Lyons High School's ...
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DENVER, CO – Lyons High School’s Karson Bean prepares to wrestle during a 2A 170-pound match against Sierra Grand/ Centennial High School’s Ryan Tijerina during the first day of the CHSAA State Wrestling Championships on Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Bean won the match.

195 — Karson Bean, Sr., Lyons: Most look at the strong junior class as to why Lyons was successful this year, but they will also tell you the skills and leadership from their senior leader in Bean was a big reason as well. He walked the walk for his team, finishing in second place at state after taking first place in six of eight tournaments during the regular season.

220 —Bryant Walker, Sr., Broomfield: Walker was one of many veteran wrestlers in the heavier weight classes that made Broomfield a winning team. He grabbed a tournament title at Vista PEAK and at regionals, but he also finished second at state, fourth at the Las Vegas Classic and fifth at the East Meadow Holiday Invitational on his way to a 33-9 record in his final season.

285 —Tyler Carpenter, Sr., Broomfield: Carpenter came up short of his championship rematch with Pueblo East’s Andy Garcia, but he managed to finish in fifth place at the state championships in his final run, including two wins by fall in 23 and 9 seconds. He also won the Las Vegas Holiday Classic, the Vista PEAK Bison Invitational and took second at Top of the Rockies.

Coach of the Year — Adrian Green, Broomfield: Green stepped into the head coaching role for Broomfield and picked up where the team left off. The Eagles sent the most wrestlers to state of any BoCoPreps school with eight and many of them reached the podium, helping the team finish in third place in the Class 4A team standings.

Honorable mention

Joey Airola, So., Boulder; Oscar Aranday, Jr., Skyline; Bini Barila, Sr., Longmont; Michael Brazeau, So., Erie; Grayden Bridwell, Jr., Skyline; Alex Carrillo, So., Frederick; Emilio Chavez, Sr., Mead; Justin Dean, Jr., Frederick; Caleb Domenico, Sr., Mead; Austin Fiala, Sr., Monarch;

Gus Fonseca-Walker, Jr., Erie; Max Fredricksmeyer, Sr., Monarch; Gavin Funk, So., Legacy; Grady Funk, Sr., Legacy; David Gardner, Jr., Lyons; Randy Guerra, Jr., Mead; Joey Joiner, Sr., Legacy; Christian Keller, Jr., Lyons; Dequlyn Keller, Fr., Lyons;

Jovani Lopez, Sr., Niwot; Noah Lopez, So., Erie; Adam Lynch, Sr., Legacy; Gavin Malek, So., Erie; Matthew McCarthy, So., Holy Family; Logan Odell, Jr., Lyons; Hunter Powell, Fr., Lyons; Victor Rangel, Sr., Frederick; Kaeden Rasmussen, Sr., Legacy; Dillon Roman, So., Monarch;

Andrew Sandoval, Jr., Skyline; Justin Sanger, So., Longmont; Caden Silva, Jr., Skyline; Theron Sovndal, Jr., Boulder; Alexx Tapia, Jr., Monarch; Daniel Torres, Sr., Niwot; Ryan Vigil, So., Broomfield; Morgen Watt, So., Broomfield; Gio Wilson, Sr., Longmont; Simon Worthley, Sr., Broomfield.