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State wrestling bracket announced

— On Sunday, the Colorado High School Activities Association released the state wresting playoff brackets.

Soroco’s Justin Iacovetto (25-0), who won his regional on Saturday at 103 pounds, will open up Thursday against Tyler Pelley (11-12) from Kiowa. Iacovetto, who has been the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 103 pounds in 2A by On the Mat Rankings, will be in the top bracket and could possibly meet second-ranked David Garcia (33-3) from Rocky Ford in the semifinals.

The other local wrestler to win a regional title, Steamboat’s Houston Mader, will meet up with Niwot’s Jeff Lambert (23-12) in the opening round. Lambert won a wrestle-back in his regional at Berthoud High School. Mader (26-5) is in the bottom bracket and could possibly meet up with top-ranked Justin Gonzales from Northridge in the semifinals.



The three other Soroco wrestlers to qualify, Joel Schlegel at 130 pounds, Levi Gonzales at 125 pounds and Dennis Morgan at a 189 pounds, look to have a tougher road then Iacovetto.

Schlegel (25-3) opens up against Levi Scheopner (25-8) of Akron. Gonzales (11-8) will face Cameron Penny (22-11) of Burlington and Morgan (30-2) will face Swink’s Chris Reynolds (20-6).



Hayden qualified Mitch Doolin (140 pounds), Jake Magee (160) and Coy Letlow (171).

Doolin (26-10) opens up against Ryan Bowman (12-14) of Cripple Creek while Magee (22-16) will face David Brachtenbach (23-5) from Stratton. Letlow (28-8) faces Jarod Stone (30-9) of Fleming.

The state wrestling tournament begins on Thursday at 3 p.m. with preliminary rounds and continues through Saturday with championship matches.

For more information on the brackets or general information about the state wrestling tournament, go to http://chsaa.org.

– To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com


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