Seeking a fourth state title and having not wrestled a match yet in this shortened 2021 season, Monarch’s Vince Cornella cruised through the 138-pound bracket Saturday at the Class 5A Region 4 meet in Brighton to gain entrance to the coveted state tournament on March 13 in Pueblo.
He was joined by several of his Coyotes teammates as MoHi hopes to contend for team hardware, as well.
Cornella won three matches, all by fall and in a total time amounting to 2 minutes, 50 seconds, thereby completing the task of shaking off whatever rust there may have been present as injuries kept him out of action for much of the season.
Monarch’s lighter weights came though strong, with Emilio Trujillo (120 pounds), Dillon Roman (126), Matthew Fasbender (132) all joining Cornella for regional titles. Also, 170-pounder Cole Carlucci came through with a finals decision over Legacy’s Gavin Funk, giving MHS five contenders at state.
Other action from around the area:
Class 5A Region 3
Boulder’s Joey Airola, competing for Fairview as BHS did not have enough student-athletes to field a team, made yet another state tournament bracket with his 132-pound regional title at Doherty in Colorado Springs. The junior had a major decision victory over Adams City’s Jace Long in Saturday’s final match, completing a day with one fall and another major decision.
Class 3A Region 3
Holy Family got three wrestlers to state at Bennett, as 106-pounder Brayden Bach, 120-pounder Logan Erickson and 195-pounder Benny Hernandez all had wrestlebacks determine their fate this weekend. Bach and Erickson each won their wrestlebacks to jump into second place overall, while Hernandez had to win his bout to defend his second-place standing after the brackets were completed.
Class 2A Region 1
Competing in a tough, and extremely large, region on the Western Slope, Lyons placed fourth overall and got some notable performances from Oran Huff, Christian Keller and David Gardner at Meeker. Huff secured another chance at a state championship — he’s got two of them under his belt — with a second-period fall against Cedaredge’s AJ Robidoux in the 132-pound bracket.
Overall, Huff was on the mat for 1:50 in three matches leading up to the final.
Girls Region 1
Legacy and Mead will both have representatives at the first sanctioned girls state tournament for wrestling.
For Legacy, Lola Valdez (105), Cordey Mailo (118), Brianna Rodriguez (147) and Daysia DeHerrera (215) all finished within the top four at Fort Lupton to qualify for next week’s tournament. Mailo led that group with a second-place finish, losing by the slim score of 7-5 against Regis Jesuit’s Alexis Segura. She’ll carry a 17-1 record to Pueblo.
For Mead, Jenna Joseph remained undefeated for the season (18-0) with two wins by decision and two pins on Saturday. She beat Platte Valley’s Navea Garcia in the final with a pin in 2:41.