Wrestling: Vista PEAK edges Overland for Bison Invite crown

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Vista PEAK senior Drake Jackson, right, circles with Strasburg’s Logan Taylor during a 152-pound semifinal match at the Bison Invitational on Dec. 9, 2017, at Vista PEAK Prep. Jackson won the match and went on to take the tournament title. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Vista PEAK’s depth overcame Overland’s top-end strength — just barely — at the annual Bison Invitational wrestling tournament Dec. 9.

The Bison had two champions to four for the Trailblazers, but with a placer in nine weight classes earned 167 points to Overland’s 166.

On a day for up-and-coming Aurora programs, Smoky Hill also had a pair of champions and finished fourth with 113.5 points.

Vista PEAK senior Tristan Curtis earned the Most Valuable Wrestler nod for his performance at 138 pounds, which included a pair of first-period pins followed by a 5-2 decision of Middle Park’s Blake Weimer in the championship match.

Curtis was joined by teammate Drake Jackson (152) as champions for the Bison, while Karstin Wells (106), Tony Lozano (126), Tyler Jones (152) and Jace Arno (160) all finished second.

Overland came away with four championship in all, including three in the first four weight classes as sophomores Aslan Mametov (106) and Grant Bradley (120), junior Isaiah Bradley (126) and senior Kaelin Chin (195) all had their hand raised after finals.

Chin wrestled just two matches and won both by pin, including a tough semifinal against Vista PEAK’s Jayden Smith in a battle of top-five senior wrestlers (Chin No. 2 in 5A, Smith No. 5 in 4A).

Smoky Hill’s champions came from opposite ends of the lineup in junior Adolfo Granados at 113 pounds and junior David Hoage, who pinned three opponents to win at 220 pounds.

Gateway had a finalist in senior Jarrett Reigies, the 182-pound runner-up.

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

2017 BISON INVITATIONAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

Team scores: 1. VISTA PEAK 167 points; 2. OVERLAND 166; 3. Steamboat Springs 118; 4. SMOKY HILL 113.5; 5. Middle Park 111; 6. Palmer 94.5; 7. Northridge 76; 8. Harrison 67; 9. George Washington 61; 10. GATEWAY 53; 11. Manitou Springs 47; 12. HINKLEY 39; 13. Fountain-Fort Carson 33.5; 14. Strasburg 24

Championship matches

106 pounds — ASLAN MAMETOV (OVERLAND) pinned KARSTIN WELLS (VISTA PEAK), 0:33; 113 pounds — ADOLFO GRANADOS (SMOKY HILL) dec. Robert Graham (Middle Park), 7-3; 120 pounds — GRANT BRADLEY (OVERLAND) dec. Spencer Mader (Steamboat Springs), 5-3; 126 pounds — ISAIAH BRADLEY (OVERLAND) maj. dec. TONY LOZANO (VISTA PEAK), 13-4; 132 pounds — Dylan Owens-Hailey (Palmer) dec. MIGUEL MENDOZA III (OVERLAND), 6-1; 138 pounds — TRISTAN CURTIS (VISTA PEAK) dec. Blake Weimer (Middle Park), 5-2; 145 pounds — Lance Bryant (Steamboat Springs) pinned Byrd McCarley (Manitou Springs), 2:36; 152 poundsDRAKE JACKSON (VISTA PEAK) pinned TYLER JONES (VISTA PEAK), 2:19; 160 pounds — Dylan Kloss (Middle Park) pinned JACE ARNO (VISTA PEAK), 3:24; 170 pounds — Hayden Johnson (Steamboat Springs) pinned Cort Cunningham (Northridge), 1:45; 182 pounds — Skylar Owens-Hailey (Palmer) dec. JARRETT REIGIES (GATEWAY), 6-4; 195 pounds — KAELIN CHIN (OVERLAND) pinned Ezekiel Quattlebaum (George Washington), 1:08; 220 pounds — DAVID HOAGE (SMOKY HILL) pinned Gonzolo Rodriguez (Northridge), 3:19; 285 pounds — Nathaniel Mesa (Harrison) pinned Tel Linke (Middle Park), 2:19

Third-place matches

106 pounds — ABDALLA BAROUDI (OVERLAND) dec. Spencer Nuttall (Strasburg), 8-6 (OT); 113 pounds — Kiyra Dial (George Washington) pinned Riley Thwaits (Strasburg), 1:45; 120 pounds — Nic Alvarez (Palmer) pinned MICAH WILLIAMS (SMOKY HILL), 3:41; 126 pounds — Tucker Havel (Steamboat Springs) pinned CHANCE SNYDER (SMOKY HILL), 2:51; 132 pounds — Colby Charlesworth (Fountain-Fort Carson) def. CONNOR IRELAND (VISTA PEAK) by forfeit; 138 pounds — GABE BENAVIDEZ (OVERLAND) dec. Max Rajendran (Palmer), 12-10 (OT); 145 pounds — Luis Garcia (George Washington) pinned CORDELL ROBINSON (VISTA PEAK), 3:41; 152 pounds — Miles Buchan (Steamboat Springs) pinned ANTONIO PACHECO (HINKLEY), 0:36; 160 pounds — Anthony Christopher (Fountain-Fort Carson) pinned DONAVON JARMON (VISTA PEAK), 3:46; 170 pounds — Damion Fuschino (Harrison) pinned Victor Ikpoh (Harrison), 1:51; 182 pounds — BRANDON WILLIAMS (SMOKY HILL) dec. AARON COATS (HINKLEY), 1-0; 195 pounds — JAYDEN SMITH (VISTA PEAK) pinned John Slowey (Steamboat Springs), 1:51; 220 pounds — Ramon Moreno (Palmer) pinned DECHLYN MILLER (VISTA PEAK), 1:44; 285 pounds — GARRETT VEA (SMOKY HILL) pinned TRE THOMPSON III (OVERLAND), 3:00