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With regionals complete, wrestlers eye state championship brackets

State championship first-round matches

Steamboat Springs — Class 3A

106 pounds: Colton Pasternak, 37-8 vs. Presiliano Maez (Sheridan), 39-2

120 pounds: Dakota Thvedt, 28-13 vs. Macky Sandoval (Brush), 25-8

145 pounds: Matthew Hansen, 38-9 vs. Rob Leonard (Elizabeth), 26-12

Hayden — Class 2A

120 pounds: Devlyn Mossman, 16-5 vs. Reid Palser (Akron), 32-5

132 pounds: Tate Montieth, 22-12 vs. Jake Trujillo (Highland), 34-4

152 pounds: Kent Miller, 30-10 vs. Tyler Hottinger (Akron), 31-9

182 pounds: Taylor Lewis, 33-5 vs. Zahaylon Buckner (Merino), 9-11

195 pounds: Christian Carson, 24-11 vs. Tony Lucero (Highland), 18-13

— There were no individual or team champions out of Routt County wrestling programs at their respective regional tournaments over the weekend, but the Steamboat Springs club and the Hayden squad are sending a total of eight athletes to Denver’s Pepsi Center for the state championships.

State championship first-round matches

Steamboat Springs — Class 3A

106 pounds: Colton Pasternak, 37-8 vs. Presiliano Maez (Sheridan), 39-2



120 pounds: Dakota Thvedt, 28-13 vs. Macky Sandoval (Brush), 25-8

145 pounds: Matthew Hansen, 38-9 vs. Rob Leonard (Elizabeth), 26-12



Hayden — Class 2A

120 pounds: Devlyn Mossman, 16-5 vs. Reid Palser (Akron), 32-5

132 pounds: Tate Montieth, 22-12 vs. Jake Trujillo (Highland), 34-4

152 pounds: Kent Miller, 30-10 vs. Tyler Hottinger (Akron), 31-9

182 pounds: Taylor Lewis, 33-5 vs. Zahaylon Buckner (Merino), 9-11

195 pounds: Christian Carson, 24-11 vs. Tony Lucero (Highland), 18-13

As a team at the Class 3A Region 4 tournament in Montrose, the Sailors placed 10th and are sending Colton Pasternak (106 pounds), Dakota Thvedt (120 pounds) and Matthew Hansen (145 pounds) to state, which starts Thursday afternoon.

Hayden finished sixth at the deep Class 2A Region 1 tourney at Colorado Mesa University and will be sending Devlyn Mossman (120 pounds), Tate Montieth (132 pounds), Kent Miller (152 pounds), Taylor Lewis (182 pounds) and Christian Carson (195 pounds) to the Pepsi Center.

Soroco’s Lane Martindale and Dalton Ray didn’t place at regionals, and the Rams finished 14th.

Pasternak won his first two matches and was a win away from advancing to the 106-pound finals but was bounced from that title shot by Delta’s Luke Anderson. Pasternak fought back by beating Bayfield’s Garrett Beebe in the consolation semifinals but lost the third-place match. Pasternak snagged his state bid with a win by rule over Montezuma-Cortez’s Colton Reynolds.

Thvedt had a huge day. Like Pasternak, he was a win away from reaching the finals at 120 pounds but rebounded from his semifinal loss by winning the consolation semifinal and beating Delta’s Jayden Chynoweth, 9-3, in the third-place match for a bronze medal.

Hansen had a similar weekend, going 2-0 to start the regional 145-pound bracket before falling to Colter McMenimen, of Bayfield. Hansen scored two pins to secure a bronze medal and a shot at state.

At 152 pounds, Steamboat’s Hayden Johnson narrowly missed the state cut, placing fifth. Kyle Spognardi, Colton Crawford, Miles Buchan and RJ Wilhelm all scored wins at regionals.

For Hayden, Lewis and Carson were the county’s top-two placers in regional competition, each securing a silver medal and a ticket to the Pepsi Center.

Lewis had a fairly shallow bracket, opening with a pair of byes before beating Ignacio’s Blaine Mickey in the semifinals. Lewis forfeited the finals match, electing to rest a sore ankle with his state ticket already punched.

Carson opened with a bye before winning his next two matches to advance to the finals. He lost a tough 2-1 decision to Paonia’s Trevor Smith to settle for silver.

At 120 pounds, Mossman went 3-2 on the day, winning in the quarterfinals, losing in the semifinals, again winning in the consolation semifinals before dropping the fourth-place match against Cedaredge’s Blake Nation. Mossman won by rule to get to state.

Montieth’s deep 132-pound bracket challenged him from the get-go. He lost to Ignacio’s Tyler Beebe in the quarterfinals but won four of his next five matches, including a pin over Dove Creek’s Derek Kibel in the fourth-place match.

Miller won his quarterfinals, lost in the semifinals but took down Cedaredge’s Zach Anderson in the consolation semifinals to net himself a shot at a bronze medal. He took it by pinning Hotchkiss’s Kale Litzelman.

“The kids did what they were supposed to I think,” Hayden coach Chad Jones said. “At least now they have a chance. We try to look at it as a playoff like in football now.”

All state championship first-round 2A and 3A matches begin at 3 p.m. Thursday.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll


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