Don't miss these 14 Colorado Springs-area wrestlers at state tournament

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The best state tournament in high school sports in Colorado kicks off Thursday and concludes Saturday when the state wrestling tournament begins at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Here’s a look at one wrestler from the Pikes Peak region at each of the 14 weight classes hoping to leave LoDo with a state title.

106 – Patrick Allis, Discovery Canyon, so., 30-6.

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Tanner Hunt of Lewis Palmer wrestles Patrick Allis of Discovery Canyon in the 106 lb. weight class during the finals of the 17th Annual Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships at Doherty High School on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette 

It’s not a terrible thing when you fall to the top-ranked wrestler in your class at regionals. That’s what happened to Allis last week, as he lost to No. 1 Brendon Garcia (Pueblo County) by decision, 8-4 in the 4A Region 1 final. Allis has a good chance to get to the state final and see a rematch with Garcia.

 

113 – Stephen Dabelko, Coronado, sr., 34-1.

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Stephen Dabelko of Coronado wrestles Jozghious Thomas of Doherty in the 113 lb. weight class during the finals of the 17th Annual Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships at Doherty High School on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette 

With just one loss, Dabelko looks like the one to beat in the 5A division. On the Mat had him ranked No. 2 heading into last week’s regionals (he won the 5A Region 4 title) behind only Justin Pacheco of Pomona. The two wouldn’t meet until the final.

 

120 – Collin Metzgar, Doherty, sr., 37-8.

Doherty's Collin Metzgar, top, wrestles against Pine Creek's Brayden Roman in a 120-pound match on Wednesday at Doherty. Metzgar won the match by pin and helped the Spartans win the dual meet and claim the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League title. Coy Harvey, Special to The Gazette 

Metzgar is coming off a second-place finish at 5A Region 1 following a loss in the final to No. 1 Colton Yapoujian. Metzgar is likely looking at a showdown with Mountain Range’s Louie Romero, who tops the 5A bracket, in the second round. Romero was ranked No. 4 last week, and Metzgar No. 3.

 

126 – Jason Hanenberg, Air Academy, jr., 40-2.

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Jason Hanenberg of Air Academy wrestles Kevin Hooks of Cheyenne Mountain in the 126 lb. weight class during the finals of the 17th Annual Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships at Doherty High School on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette 

Topping the 4A bracket, Hanenberg comes off last week’s 4A Region 1 title, his fifth tournament title of the season. He was the state runner-up a season ago.

 

132 – Maverick Keigher, Doherty, jr., 36-9.

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Maverick Keigher of Doherty wrestles Godansi Bimenyimana of Harrison in the 132 lb. weight class during the finals of the 17th Annual Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships at Doherty High School on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette 

Keigher entered last week’s regional ranked No. 3 by On the Mat. The COS Metros champ took third at the region or he would’ve had an easier state road. As it is, he has good chance to reach the semifinals.

 

138 – KJ Kearns, Coronado, so., 36-5.

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KJ Kearns of Coronado wrestles Mike McFadden of Cheyenne Mountain in the 138 lb. weight class during the finals of the 17th Annual Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships at Doherty High School on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette 

Kearns has a big opening match with Doherty’s Zack Szostak. If the Cougars sophomore can get past that, he’ll have a chance at a semifinals appearance.

 

145 – Britton Holmes, Peyton, sr., 37-2.

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Peyton's Britton Holmes (right) defeated Sierra Grande's Bradly Tijerina in the 2A 138 lb. class of the Colorado State Wrestling Championships on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette 

The defending 2A 138-pound champ hasn’t missed a beat this season. He has four tournament titles, including last week’s 2A Region 4 championship, in which he pinned his first three opponents before scoring a 7-0 decision in the final.

 

152 – Luke White, Cheyenne Mountain, sr., 22-6.

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Discovery Canyon Spencer McCrary wrestles Cheyenne Mountain Luke White in weight class 152 during a wrestling meet at Cheyenne Mountain High School on Thursday, January 14, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette 

White already got a taste of a tough bracket when he fell in the finals of last week’s 4A Region 3 final to second-ranked Nathan Morris of Longmont in a sudden victory. If both keep winning, Morris and White wouldn’t meet until the final. But White could see No. 1 Hunter Willits (Pueblo County) in the semifinals.

 

160 – Peter Isais, Pine Creek, sr., 28-3.

Zac Baker of Cheyenne Mountain wrestles Peter Isais of Pine Creek in the 160 lb. weight class during the finals of the 17th Annual Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships at Doherty High School on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette 

Last season’s 5A 160 champ has been dominant again. He has four tournament titles this season, including last week’s 4A Region 3 crown. A return to the state title match looks like a strong possibility.

 

170 – Garrett Niel, Pine Creek, jr., 42-2.

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Pine Creek's Garrett Neil (top) defeated Thornton's Jorge Perez by pinning him in the first round in the 5A 182 lb. class at the Colorado State Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette 

Another defending 5A champ wrestling at 4A, Niel won the crown at 182 last season. This year, he already has five tournament titles to his name, including the Rocky Welton Invitational in Garden City, Kan., last month. No surprise, Niel was ranked No. 1 by On the Mat. He could see No. 2 EJ Barrera of Grand Junction-Central in the semifinals.

 

182 – Jimmy Weaver, Coronado, sr., 37-1.

Coronado's Jimmy Weaver (top) defeated Pine Creek's Dylan Dashner to get third place honors in the Class 5A, 170 lb. competition on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Pepsi Center in Denver Colorado. (JERILEE BENNETT/THE GAZETTE)
Coronado's Jimmy Weaver (top) defeated Pine Creek's Dylan Dashner to get third place honors in the Class 5A, 170 lb. competition on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Pepsi Center in Denver Colorado. (JERILEE BENNETT/THE GAZETTE) 

Weaver has six tournament crowns already this season and is a favorite to make the 5A state tournament his seventh. Three of Weaver’s four wins at 5A Region 4 were pins.

 

195 – Deric Cruz, Mesa Ridge, sr., 33-9.

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Oliver Neumann of Cheyenne Mountain gets thrown down by Deric Cruz of Mesa Ridge in the 195 lb. weight class during the finals of the 17th Annual Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships at Doherty High School on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette 

Cruz won last season’s 4A state championship.  He’s back for another but hit a roadblock last week, falling to Palisade’s Terrance Williams in the 4A Region 4 finale. Williams was ranked No. 3 by On the Mat, but at 182 pounds. He beat Cruz by decision 9-2.

 
220 – Dominick Fini, Mesa Ridge, jr., 34-4.

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Widefield's Kris Davis pins Mesa Ridge's Dominick Fini in the class 4A, 220 lbs. in the Colorado State Wrestling Championships on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette 

The 4A Region 4 winner has three tourney titles and three second-place titles to his name this season – including a runner-up at the prestigious Old Chicago Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament. He also took third at last year’s state meet.

 

285 – Julian Sanchez, Manitou Springs, sr., 30-3.

Manitou Springs wrestler Julian Sanchez (top) wrestles with Christian Navarro (bottom) during practice at Manitou Springs High School on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Both wrestlers are two of four Manitou Springs wrestlers to go to the state competition in Denver this week. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette 

Ranked No. 4 in last week’s poll, Sanchez comes in off the 3A Region 4 title where he scored a pair of pins. Sanchez reached the semifinals before settling for fourth last season.

• All rankings are according to last week’s On the Mat Rankings by Tim Yount. All records and tournament results are according to trackwrestling.com.