Huskies wrestling team rounding up solid stable
Jan 20, 2013 (Greeley Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
--WINDSOR LITE: Windsor fielded a team primarily made up of junior varsity wrestlers, but included varsity members Jonathan Lewis, Connor Lococo, Zak Kaderka, Jacob Winter and Robert Bishop-Cotner.
The Wizards were 4-1 on the day, losing only to Highland.
--TOUGH DAY: Defending Class 3A state champion 285-pounder Raul Rios was 3-2 on the day with his two losses coming in the final seconds in matches against Akron's Reed Christensen (3-2) and Highland's Keaton Sameshima (4-3).
--GOING 5-0: Platte Valley sophomore 113-pounder Andrew Jaramillo was 5-0 on the day, including an impressive 8-0 major decision over Highland sophomore Justin Lutz with two takedowns, a near fall and a reversal.
--FIVES ARE WILD: Highland 152-pound senior Chris Villalobos was 5-0 on the day with five pins. Since dropping from 160 pounds, Villalobos (19-8) has won 10 straight matche, all via pins.
--WRESTLEMANIA: Overall, 14 duals were wrestled, starting at 10 a.m., and lasting until 9 p.m.
Samuel G. Mustari
AULT -- There's a so-called horse barn -- well disguised as a wrestling room -- at Highland High School with three thoroughbreds well fed, groomed and ready for the homestretch.
Two more studs in the stalls would classify the Huskies as serious contenders for the Class 2A state wrestling championship next month at Denver's Pepsi Center.
When the entire stable is in place, Huskies coach Tyler Seaney has visions of "a possible upset coming Paonia's way."
This is the first season for the Huskies at the 2A level, having dropped from 3A. They're ranked No. 4 behind top-ranked Paonia, Baca County and Dove Creek.
Seaney's money wrestlers have been seniors Kris Trujillo at 138 pounds, James Price at 145 and heavyweight Keaton Sameshima, who have combined for one state title (by Price) and a horde of state-tournament points.
Waiting to go off at better than even odds to help the Huskies are senior 132-pounder Nathan White and senior 152-pounder Chris Villalobos.
On Saturday, the quintet of Huskies combined to go 23-2 at the Highland Dual Tournament, helping Highland beat rival Platte Valley 49-28 in their third dual of the day.
"Highland is good," a gracious Platte Valley coach Matt Weber said. "I don't care if its 2A, 3A or 5A, they'll hang with anybody. From top-to-bottom, they're physical and they wrestle heads up."
Along with their victory over Platte Valley, the Huskies beat Akron 64-10; Yuma 59-11; Windsor (JV) 42-33; and Wray 45-23.
"We have guys who are starting to step up at the right time of the season," Seaney said. "They're all better than they were at the first of the season, and of course, the plan is to peak on Feb. 19th."
Villalobos, 10-0 with 10 pins since dropping to 152 pounds, would love to step up on the same podium as his already well-known teammates Trujillo, Price and Sameshima.
"When I go out there, my goal is to score six (team points)," said Villalobos, fresh off of pinning Platte Valley's Bryan Powers in 4 minutes, 13 seconds. "I feel like the competition has been easier at 152 than it was at 160."
Villalobs is ranked No. 8 by On the Mat, and has yet to meet any of the top seven at his state-tournament weight.
Against Powers, Villalobos elected to start the third period with an optional start, then immediately secured a wrench-tight front headlock to finish the match.
"I knew I was going to get it (the front headlock)," a confident Villalobos said. "I've been using it a lot."
Seaney verified Villalobos' signature move by stating, "he uses it all the time, and it's not really a secret anymore."
White (17-7) wasn't as fortunate, succumbing to a pin in 3:58 to Platte Valley's Bryan Powers (20-7) after racing to a 4-0 lead.
"He doesn't do anything that I don't know about, and he just caught me today," said White, who is 0-2 against Walters but well on his way to his second straight appearance at the state tournament.
"I wrestled so much better in the first period (vs. Powers), but then just got caught," White added.
Sameshima, ranked No. 2, added to the Huskies' long day of success with five victories, including a last-second 4-3 victory over Platte Valley's Raul Rios, the No. 1-ranked and defending 3A state champion.
Sameshima was awarded a penalty point with one second left in the match on a technical violation (grabbing an opponent's singlet) by Rios (17-6).
The Huskies were the beneficiaries of four forfeits against Platte Valley (8-5 in dual matches, 3-2 on the day), missing 145-pounder Brayden Sharpe and 170-pounder Wyatt Meeker due to shoulder injuries.
Platte Valley's sophomore 113-pounder Andrew Jaramillo was 5-0 on the day with three decisions, a major decision and a forfeit.
Overall, Highland was 49-14 in matches with White (17-7), Trujillo (26-1), Price (23-1), Villalobos (19-8) and Sameshima (25-2) combining for 26 victories.
"We're pretty confident we can get three (individual) state titles," said Seaney, whose team was second at last weekend's Lamar Invitational, finishing just 12 points behind No. 2-ranked Baca County.
"If you add Jake Trujillo (106 pounds), White and Villalobos to the mix, it could make things interesting," Seaney added.
Team Records -- Highland 5-0, Windsor 4-1, Wray 3-2, Platte Valley 3-2, Yuma 2-3, Douglas County 2-2, Akron 0-5.
Highland 49, Platte Valley 28
195 pounds -- Kobee Sameshima, HHS, pinned Evon Frantz 2:48. 220 -- Theo Zimmer, HHS, won by forfeit. 285 -- Keaton Sameshima, HHS, dec. Raul Rios 4-3. 106 -- Jake Trujillo, HHS, maj. dec. Nikko Jaramillo 13-0. 113 -- Andrew Jaramillo, PVHS, maj. dec. Justin Lutz 8-0. 120 -- Tyler Steinmetz, PVHS, won by forfeit. 126 -- Ryan Waite, PVHS, pinned Jereme Dyer Lopez 1:11. 132 -- Austin Walters, PVHS, pinned Nathan White 3:58. 138 -- Kris Trujillo, HHS, pinned Clark Jett 2:16. 145 -- James Price, HHS, won by forfeit. 152 -- Chris Villalobos, HHS, pinned Bryan Powers 4:13. 160 -- Sean Belfrage, HHS, won by forfeit. 170 -- Travis Lutz, HHS, won by forfeit. 182 -- Drew Shaw, PVHS, pinned Brody Croy :28.
Highland 42, Windsor 33
106 pounds -- Jake Trujillo, WHS, pinned Sam Zdenek 1:40. 113 -- Cordero Larson, WHS, dec. Justin Lutz 6-4. 120 -- Jonathan Lewis, WHS, won by forfeit. 126 -- Hunter Broerder, WHS, pinned Jereme Dyer-Lopez 1:47. 132 -- Nathan White, HHS, pinned Connor Lococo 3:11. 138 -- Kris Trujillo, HHS, pinned Noland Moore :33. 145 -- James Price, won by forfeit. 152 -- Chris Villalobos, HHS, pinned Bryce Bloom 2:46. 160 -- Trevor Moore, WHS, won over Sean Belfrage by disqualification. 170 -- Travis Lutz, HHS, won by forfeit. 182 -- Brody Croy, HHS, won by forfeit. 195 -- Kobee Sameshima, HHS, pinned Zak Kaderka 1:59. 220 -- Jacob Winter, pinned Theo Zimmer 1:34. 285 -- Keaton Sameshima, HHS, dec. Robert Bishop-Cotner 6-2.
Highland 64, Akron 10; Yuma 39, Akron 24; Highland 59, Yuma 11; Platte Valley 29, Akron 23; Wray 36, Akron 30; Highland 42, Windsor 33; Windsor 47, Yuma 27; Windsor 41, Douglas County 22; Wray 38, Platte Valley 33; Windsor 37, Wray 36; Wray 51, Douglas County 21; Highland 49, Platte Valley 28; Douglas County 33, Akron 30; Highland 45, Wray 23.
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