Injury doesn’t stop Terry, 1 of 2 Tigers to advance at state wrestling |

Injury doesn’t stop Terry, 1 of 2 Tigers to advance at state wrestling

Letlow also advances; all other Hayden, Soroco wrestlers heaed for consolation bracket

Hayden's Chad Terry rolls Center wrestler Diego Pons on Thursday during the first round of the Class 2A state wrestling tournament in Denver. Despite wrestling with an injured shoulder that popped out of its socket twice, Terry won the match to advance to Friday's quarterfinal round.
Joel Reichenberger

Class 2A state wrestling results

119 pounds: Adam Baca, of Rocky Ford, pinned Journey Vreeman, of Hayden, 3:00; Clay Seeman, Baca County, pinned Dillon Koler, Soroco, 4:43.

130 pounds: Chad Terry, of Hayden, dec. Diego Pons, of Center, 8-0.

135 pounds: Colin Eberhart, of Burlington, pinned Scott Armbruster, of Hayden, 1:52.

140 pounds: T.J. Hernandez, of Crowley County, dec. Josh Baker, of Soroco, 10-1.

145 pounds: David Michel, of Merino, dec. Tristan Palyo, of Soroco, 3-0.

171 pounds: Terrell Stafford, of Baca County, dec. Ryan Domson, of Hayden, 8-6.

215 pounds: Treyben Letlow, of Hayden, pinned Justin Lenox, of Eads, 2:49.

— Technically, Chad Terry’s been here before. Twice, in fact.

Hayden’s 130-pound junior won an opening-round match at the state wrestling tournament for the third time in his career Thursday, and today, for the third time, he’ll strap in for the toughest day in Colorado prep wrestling: the quarterfinals and potentially the semifinals at state.

But stricken with a severely injured shoulder, there’s nothing about this go-around that feels familiar to one of the Tigers’ top champion prospects.

“I struggle every day with it,” said Terry, who wears a brace that attempts — with limited success — to keep his shoulder in its socket.

“Everyone told me I couldn’t do this,” he said. “I’m proving them wrong.”

Terry joined Hayden senior 215-pounder Treyben Letlow in winning Thursday. Six other wrestlers from Hayden and Soroco lost and will resume action today in the consolation bracket.

Terry defeated Diego Pons, of Center, on Thursday, the effectively one-armed Tiger beating Pons, a legitimately one-legged wrestler, 8-0.

Wary at state since he was stunned by a last-second takedown in last year’s semifinals, Terry took his time with Pons, trying several combinations before finally finding the one necessary to unlock the decidedly different challenge Pons presented.

“That guy was a good wrestler, and it took Chad a little while to figure out how to attack him,” Hayden coach Ty Camilletti said. “Chad wrestled smart, and he got him. It was good for him to get a match under his belt.”

It was a task made considerably more difficult by the arm injury, which has plagued Terry and kept him out of action for the bulk of the season. His shoulder dislocated twice during the six-minute match.

It won’t really be fixed until Terry undergoes post-tournament surgery.

“It makes a little cracking noise when it pops out,” Terry said. “It hurt pretty bad, but I didn’t want to stop.

“It usually goes back in. Only one time it hasn’t.”

Terry will try today to advance to the state semifinals for the third time, wrestling Justin Westphal, of Baca County, who has a 23-16 record.

Letlow, too, took his time with Thursday’s opponent. He racked up a quick 4-0 lead, but didn’t register the pin until midway through the second period.

He’ll wrestle today against Preston Harms, a 30-13 wrestler from Akron.

“Treyben was trying some things out,” Camilletti said. “That Letlow you saw out there is not the same one you’ll see for the rest of the tournament.”

Tough trail awaits

It was a rough day for local wrestlers after Terry and Letlow. Hayden sophomore Ryan Domson, wrestling at 171 pounds, was the only one of his losing teammates to avoid a pin, and he lost in overtime, 8-6.

He battled back from a 6-3 third-period deficit, picking up two points on penalties by his opponent, Terrell Stafford, of Baca County. He added a one-point escape in the closing seconds of regulation to force overtime but couldn’t take advantage once he got there. Stafford registered a quick two-point takedown in the sudden-death situation to win.

Hayden senior Scott Arm­­bruster, at 135 pounds, was pinned, falling to Colin Eber­­hart, of Burlington, late in the first round.

Freshman Journey Vreeman, meanwhile, was pinned by Rocky Ford’s Adam Baca in the second round.

“The butterflies got the better of me,” Vreeman said.

All three begin the arduous process of wrestling in the consolation bracket today. They must win at least three times to place in the 16-athlete bracket.

They’ll be joined in the process by all of Soroco’s state qualifiers.

Although sophomore Dillon Koler was pinned at 119 pounds, falling to Clay Seeman, of Baca County, in the third period, the Rams’ three wrestlers weren’t outclassed. None was able to take advantage of plentiful opportunities, either.

Junior Tristan Palyo, in particular, was close to advancing at 145 pounds. He lost, 3-0, to David Michel, of Merino, but on several occasions just missed major point possibilities of his own.

“He needs to finish,” Soroco coach Jay Whaley said. “If he had finished that fireman’s carry, that is a five-point move. He just had to wrap it up. It would have been an entirely different match.”

The story was similar for 140-pound sophomore Josh Baker, who lost to T.J. Hernandez, of Crowley County, 10-1. Baker had chances early in the match and trailed 2-1 midway through the second. He couldn’t get and stay on top, however.

“It was the first time here for all of them. They were nervous,” Whaley said about his team. “Hopefully, we will have a better day.”

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