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Coronado’s Hunt upsets Air Academy’s Petrash in finals

Published: January 26, 2014, 12:14 pm, by Scott Kaniewski

With three seconds left in the first sudden-victory period, Joe Hunt of Coronado pulled off the Colorado Springs Metro Championships’ biggest upset when he finished a reverse takedown to edge the top-ranked Class 4A wrestler in the 285-pound weight class (according to On the Mat Rankings), Justin Petrash of Air Academy.

Hunt, 4A’s sixth-ranked wrestler, was still in shock minutes after the ref raised his arm in victory after beating the tournament’s defending champion on Saturday night.

“I can’t believe how it went down there at the end. He, well, he is no joke out there,” Hunt said of Petrash, who was 26-2 coming into the finals at Doherty High School. “It took everything I had, and it feels great to get this title as a senior.”

Petrash, also a senior, had his chances. With 42 seconds left in the third period and 51 seconds remaining in the extra period, Petrash thought he had the match wrapped up when he’d out-maneuvered Hunt to set himself up for what is usually a sure takedown.

“I didn’t finish though,” Petrash said, as he looked at Hunt hugging his first-place trophy. “I slipped up on two takedowns near the end there and just couldn’t finish. I guess that means I need more conditioning and I need more practice.

Right now all I want to do is practice.”

As a whole, only two of the four No. 1 ranked wrestlers in the tournament won individual titles.

Discovery Canyon’s Tyler Oberg (4A No. 1 in 145) and David Traynor (4A No. 1 in 195) both won their respective classes, while Ellicott’s Fabian Hermosillo (3A No. 1 in 145) was pinned in the third round by Pine Creek’s Chris Cos, who took second overall in the extremely competitive weight class.

As far as final team standings went, Pine Creek won two individual league titles and placed second in three other finals matches to give Pine Creek its fifth Metro wrestling title in the past eight years with a score of 256. Lewis-Palmer, one of the tournament’s biggest surprise teams, followed in second place at 181 and 2013 tournament champion Discovery Canyon came in third at 180.

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Brent W. New, The Gazette

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2014 Colorado Springs Wrestling Championships

At Doherty High School, Colorado Springs, Colo., January 25

106 pounds

1st – Jordan Martinez (PC) dec. Alec Oberdorfer (LP), 8-6

3rd – Stephen Dabelko (WID) inj dft. over Ryan Francis (TCA), 0:42

5th – Ben Markworth (AA) pin Miguel Nieves (FFC), 2:37

7th – Nate Johnson (VR) pin Isaac Garcia (SC), 4:48

113 pounds

1st – Procopio Valdez (MR) maj. dec. Anthony Salazar (PC), 13-5

3rd – Spencer Reynolds (DC) pin  Jostyn Owens Hailey (PAL), 5:00

5th – Malachi Redlin (FFC) dec. Abraam Arreguin-Almanza (MIT), 5-4 tb

7th – Matt Barela (CM) pin Ed McCarron (LP), 4:02

120 pounds

1st – Sam Turner (DC) maj. dec. Samuel Freeman (MR), 13-1

3rd – Juan Rodriguez (PC) dec. Trevor Wilch (LP),  8-4

5th – Logan Hammarmeister (Doherty) dec. Tom Hancock (WP), 8-1

7th- Kitt Knisley (PR) dec. Dillon Cea (AA), 4-0

126 pounds

 1st – Jess Hankin (COR) dec. Nathan Gonzalez (Doherty), 2-1

 3rd – Tyler Hanenberg (AA) maj. dec. Brad Kadlubowski (LP), 11-1

5th – Matt Apodaca (MR) pin  Britton Holmes (PEY), 3:38

7th – Mitch White (CM) dec. Nathaniel Johnston (TCA), 3-0

132 pounds

1st – Joey Neumann (LP) dec. Bryan Zerr (CM), 4-3

3rd – Chase Frye (PC) maj. dec.  Jonathan Charpenter (FAL), 15-6

5th – Wyatt Lee (PEY) dec. Grady Brewster (LIB) , 6-3

7th – Corey Craddock (CSCS) maj. dec. Jonathan Nagel (MS), 12-0

138 pounds

1st – Tyler Zunich (COR) dec. Zac Baker (CM), 7-6

3rd – Darryan Vanderpool (LP) dec. Austin Sethman (AA), 1-0

5th – Brandon Poulos (LIB) dec. Justin Clemens (FAL), 4-2

7th – Ryan Weber (DC) dec. Cesar Moralas (ELL), 3-2

145 pounds

1st – Tyler Oberg (DC) dec. Chris Cos (PC), 1-0

3rd – Andrew Register (TCA) dec. Fabian Hermosillo (ELL), 6-4

5th – Dominique Hughes (MR) maj. dec. Chris Mann (VR), 14-4

7th – Ryan Carpenter (MS) dec. Jake Morgan (WP), 7-0

152 pounds

1st – Rashawn Benford (FFC) pin Grady Pina (COR), 3:59

3rd – Connor Craddock (CSCS) dec. Peek (PC), 5-0

5th – Zach Johns (TCA) dec. Rory Hughes (AA), 6-2

7th – Jonathon Sigley (LIB) 21-10 won by decision over Matt Hogue (WID) 27-10 (Dec 8-4)

160 pounds

1st – Brandon Supernaw (DOH) dec. Jimmy Weaver (COR), 5-1

3rd – Jason Miller (FFC) dec. Josh Burns (LIB), 7-3

5th – Dylan Dashner (PC) maj.dec. Aaron Bito (MR), 11-2

7th – James Ford (PAL) dec. Jonathon Hinton (WP), 3-1, sv

170 pounds

1st – Adrian Mack (DC) dec. Joseph Glenn (LP), 5-3

3rd – Justin Barron (FAL) dec. Isaac Ortiz (PC), 6-2

5th –Eric Metcalf (SC) pin Josh Smith (WP), 2:05

7th – Ian Havens (Doherty) inj. dft. Daniel Crandall (COR), 0:00

182 pounds

1st – Tremmel Stanley (MR) dec. Geoffrey Curtis (PC), 15-10

3rd – Alex Weber (DC) dec. Anthony Lagorio (FAL), 4-3

5th – Cody Driver (FFC) dec. Christian Krautschun (CSCS), 7-4

7th – Brad Ellis (LP) dec. Max Althouse (PR), 4-0

195 pounds

1st – David Traynor (DC) dec. Ben Self (AA), 9-3

3rd – Kaid Beziou (LIB) dec. Charlie Wallace (FAL) , 5-2

5th – Logan Beatty (MR) dec. Zeb Foster (COR), 4-2

7th – Ryan Bollar (PC) pin Tallen Elquist (FFC), 1:44

220 pounds

 1st – Taylor White (PC) dec. Kadim Phillip (FFC), 8-7

3rd – Dylan Kelly (ELL) pin Joseph Scott (LP), 4:42

 5th – Wesley Medrano (WID) dec. Ryan Strabala (COR), 6-2

 7th – Onyx Rowland (MR) pin Larry Black (PAL), 3:35

285 pounds

1st – Joe Hunt (COR) dec. Justin Petrash (AA), 4-2, sv

3rd – Billy Dabney (CM) dec. Luke Fowler (LP), 4-2 sv

5th – Jeremie Medina (PC) dec. Greyson Parton (WID), 2-1

7th – Jamie Hayward (FFC) maj. dec. Brandon Oswald (PR), 8-0


2014 Colorado Springs Metro Championships Team Standings 

1.  Pine Creek  256.0

2.  Lewis Palmer  181.0

3.  Discovery Canyon  180.0

4.  Coronado  172.0

5.  Mesa Ridge  163.0

6.  Fountain Fort Carson  151.0

7.  Air Academy  129.5

8.  Falcon  107.0

9.  Cheyenne Mountain  95.0

9.  Liberty  95.0

11.  Doherty  83.0

12.  Colorado Springs Christian  74.0

13.  Widefield  72.0

14.  Classical Academy  68.0

15.  Woodland Park  64.0

16.  Ellicott  48.0

17.  Vista Ridge  41.0

18.  Palmer  39.0

19.  Sand Creek  35.0

20.  Peyton  30.0

21.  Manitou Springs  29.0

22.  Palmer Ridge  28.0

23.  Rampart  18.0

24.  Mitchell  17.0

25.  Harrison  9.0

26.  St. Mary`s  0.0


2014 COS Metro award winners 

Outstanding Lightweight Wrestler – Tyler Oberg, Discovery Canyon

Outstanding Heavyweight Wrestler – Rashawn Benford, Fountain Fort Carson

Outstanding Underclassman – Samuel Freeman, Mesa Ridge

Coach of the Year – Nick Baker, Lewis Palmer

Assistant Coach of the Year – Brian Nagely, Pine Creek

Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete – Tyler Oberg, Discovery Canyon and Charlie Wallace, Falcon

Manager of the Year – Becky Tolin, Falcon

Officials Sportsmanship Award – Mitchell High School