DENVER — Pueblo County's Josiah Nava won a huge quarterfinal match during the state wrestling tournament on Friday, edging Windsor sophomore Will Vombaur.
It was a match that easily could have been contested in the finals, or at least the semifinals. But, as it was, the two met up in Friday's quarterfinals in the Class 4A 113-pound bracket.
Nava, who won the 4A 106 title in 2015, beat a fellow returning champion in Vombaur, who won 4A's 106 title last season. He advances to face Shane Coffey of Canon City in Friday evening's semifinals.
The 113-pound bracket in 4A is one of the toughest in the entire tournament. In addition to Nava and Vombaur is Pueblo East sophomore Jace Trujillo, the reigning champion in the bracket.
Trujillo pinned Air Academy's James Benson in 58 seconds in his quarterfinal match.
Willits through to the semifinals
Hunter Willits, who is seeking to become CHSAA's 20th four-time state champion, beat Greeley Central's Justus Strand in the quarterfinals.
Willits pinned Strand in 1:47. He will face Cheyenne Mountain senior Luke White in the semifinals later Friday.
2A & 3A notes
- Meeker heads the 2A team race with 72 points, with Rocky Ford (70.5) sitting in second. John Mall (60) and Hotchkiss (52) are also in contention.
- The 3A team race is tight, with Alamosa heading the way with 49 points, and Valley just behind with 48.5. Jefferson (39), Centauri (37), La Junta (35), Sheridan (35), Lamar (33) and Platte Valley (32) are all close.
- Delta's Logan Church upset Mullen's Sam Deseriere, the top seed in 3A 285 pounds, via an ultimate tiebreaker, 3-2. Deseriere had been undefeated this season, and was the reigning champion in the classification.
- Elsewhere in the 3A 285 bracket, which is loaded, returning champion Ricky Ayala of Sheridan and unbeaten Sam Westbrook of Bayfield both advanced out of the quarterfinals and will meet in the semifinals.
- Casey Turner of Meeker upset the top seed in the 2A 170 bracket, pinning Diego Reyes of Rocky Ford. Turner, though, is the defending champion in the division. He finished second at his regional, and thus could not be seeded in the top four of the bracket.
- Rocky Ford's Jacob Rodriguez had a 14-second pin in the first round of the 2A 106 division on Thursday. Friday, he did more of the same, pinning Wray's Cole Rockwell in 45 seconds. Rodriguez is on a quest for his third state title.
- John Mall's Jonathan Andreatta escaped an upset in the 2A 126 quarterfinals. He led Wiggins' Cameron Holm 4-3 late in the third period, and held on for a 5-3 win. Andreatta is a two-time champion.
- Two other two-time returning champions advanced to the semifinals: Alamosa's Isaiah Delacerda (3A 126) and Fort Lupton's Jody Sandoval (3A 132).
- Kolton Dickinson of Sedgwick County/Fleming won his first-round bout in 45 seconds. Friday, he won his quarterfinal in 44. Dickison moves to the semifinals in 2A 113.
- Centauri's Joe Chavez advanced to the 3A 120 semis by pinning Platte Valley's Varrion Ciddio in 34 seconds.
- Highland freshman Logan Lewis earned a hard-fought place in the 2A 106 semifinals. He beat Holly's Austin Crum, 10-8, in sudden victory.
- Sky Carlson of Soroco, a former basketball player, is into the semifinals in 2A 195 following two consecutive pins. Friday morning, he pinned Crowley County's Tristan Laver in 1:45.
- Del Norte's Natalie Benavides, the lone girls to qualify for the state tournament this season, was eliminated in the 2A 138 consolation bracket by Crowley County's Jarod Bauer.
4A & 5A notes
- Defending champion Pueblo County leads the 4A race with 89 points. Cheyenne Mountain and Pueblo East are tied for second with 65.
- Pomona, the reigning 5A team champ, leads that race with 85.5 points. Brighton (61.5 is second), and Grand Junction (59.5) is third.
- The semifinal in 5A 132 should be a great one. It will match returning champions after both won in the quarterfinals: Arvada West's Dayton Marvel vs. Pomona's Theorius Robison.
- Pueblo County's Grant Willits, who has won two previous state championships, pinned Greeley Central's Zeke Alirez in 2:23 to reach the 4A 132 semifinals.
- Poudre's Jacob Greenwood, another two-time champion, pinned ThunderRidge's David Opheim in 5A 138 to advance.
- Three of the four quarterfinals in 4A's 120 division ended in pins. Advancing were Pueblo County's Nathan Bonham, Canon City's James Ruona and Windsor's Dominick Serrano. Pueblo East's Andrew Lucero also won via a major decision, 9-0.
- Erie's Ernie Quintana beat Discovery Canyon's Jared Turner in sudden victory to reach the 4A 138 semifinals.
- As he tries to become the first individual champion from Niwot since 1993, senior Tommy Stager had a quick pin in the 4A 145 quarters. Stager beat Pueblo South's Elias Espinoza in 59 seconds.
- Glenwood Springs' Myles Wilson remain unbeaten, and he did it quickly in the quarterfinals. The senior, also a returning champion, beat Vista PEAK's Jayden Smith in 43 seconds. He had an 18-second pin in the first round.
- Cheyenne Mountain's Deonte Bridges pinned Dominic Knost of Lewis-Palmer in 33 seconds.
- Grand Junction's Josiah Rider continued his torrid pace in the 5A 145 bracket. He won his match in 52 seconds, a day after a 30-second pin in the prelims.
- Mountain Vista's Trent Schultz had a 42-second pin in the 5A 195 quarterfinals. He had a 38-second pin in the prelims. His brother, Cohl, of Ponderosa, also advanced in 5A 220.
- Prairie View's Brendon Woolsey won an ultimate tiebreaker over Grandview's Robert Woods in 5A 195 to reach the semifinals.
- Pomona's Brandon Micale had the fastest pin of the quarterfinals, taking Smoky Hill's Ryan Campbell down in 23 seconds.