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Warriors fourth at mat tourney in home gym

Three Arapahoe athletes place in invitational with 17 teams taking part


Arapahoe hosted the Nov. 29 invitational wrestling tournament and Warrior athletes amassed the points needed to take fourth among the 17 teams taking part in the competition.

It was a day of wrestling action in the Arapahoe gymnasium. Four mats were in use for the Warrior Invitational so there was non-stop action going on during the day-long tournament.

The result was the air was filled with the sounds of a wrestling tournament with fans and teammates and coaches cheering and yelling out instructions to the wrestlers on the mat.

The tournament used a 16-wrestler, double-elimination format in each weight class in the sport that consists of individual competitions and, at the same time, competition for the tournament team title. That is because each wrestler battles to win his or her weight class championship. At the same time, every match a wrestler wins earns the points needed for a school to win the tournament team title.

When the final match was wrestled Northglenn won the team title with 146 points while Arapahoe was fourth with 121 points. Other area schools represented in the tournament included Heritage that took 10th place in the team standings with 71.5 points and Cherry Creek finished 11th with 67 points.

Warrior Coach Steve Sisler said he has a young but very competitive team.

“We have just four seniors on the roster this season,” Sisler said. “However, this is a group of young men enthusiastic about wrestling.”

He said he has 56 athletes on the roster so there is intense competition for spots on the varsity.

“It seems we always have challenge matches going on at practice,” he said. “Right now it works out so we have a different varsity roster every week. We have a pretty good team now and we are looking to solidify the roster so we can be wrestling our best at regionals.”

Four Warrior wrestlers placed in the top four in their weight classes. Cameron Mellott took runner-up honors at 113 pounds as he lost to weight class champ Ricky Nava of Northglenn.

Two Arapahoe wrestlers finished third in their weight classes, Ryan Gillida at 160 and Riley Schell at 220, and Warrior heavyweight Jason Washington finished fourth.

Heritage had three wrestlers who placed in the top four as Brandon Urroz finished second at 126 pounds, Dakota Barela took runner-up honors at 170 pounds and Cahlin Atwell came back from a loss to finish at 145 pounds.

Cherry Creek's Kai Blake won the weight division championship at 170 pounds as he pinned all four opponents he faced. Bruin 185-pounder Nick Kruse worked past an early loss to finish fourth at 182 pounds.


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