Patrick Allis’ main objective this season is simple: win a state title.
But the Discovery Canyon wrestler wouldn’t mind racking up some tournament titles along the way.
On Friday night, he pinned Colorado Springs Christian School’s Johan Barstad late in the first period of their 120-pound match to move on in the winners’ brackets of the 18th annual Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships at Doherty. He’s three wins away from becoming a three-time tournament champ — a feat that only 16 other wrestlers have completed.
Since he’s a junior, Allis could finish his high school career as four-time city tournament winner. That feat happened only once before by Pine Creek’s Geordan Martinez, who did it from 2010-2013.
“It’s not the only thing that I’m focused on because I want to win a state title this year and everything,” said Allis, who settled for a state runner-up finish last year, “but when I get into this tournament, that's what’s on my mind.”
Before moving up several weight classes, Allis captured his previous two tournament titles at 106.
Mesa Ridge holds tight lead over Doherty, Falcon
Mesa Ridge, ranked fifth in Class 4A, sits in first place in the tournament team standings with 62.5 points, followed by Doherty (55.5) and Falcon (55). Discovery Canyon (52) and Coronado (50) rounded out the top five.
Several Mesa Ridge wrestlers prevailed in the winners' bracket, including Elijah Bailin (106), Devin Lueck (120), Coltin Doyle (126), Elijah Valdez (152), Niko Suragdeen (182), Jared Volcic (195). Both Dominick Fini (220) and Michael True (285) received byes for the Grizzlies.
Cheyenne Mountain won the city title for the first time last year, snapping Pine Creek's three-year reign at the top. Cheyenne Mountain and Pine Creek sit in ninth and 10th, respectively, after the first day.
The tournament continues 9 a.m. Saturday at Doherty.
Returning tournament winners stay alive
The five returning tournament winners — Discovery Canyon’s Allis, Air Academy’s Jason Hanenberg (132), Doherty’s Maverick Keigher, Coronado’s KJ Kearns (145) and Pine Creek’s Garrett Niel (182) — survived the first day. And they did it in dominant fashion.
Their wins came via pins or technical falls. Most had only one match Friday, thanks to first-round byes.
As a senior, Niel is chasing his third tournament title. He won it at 170 and 182 the past two years, and he doesn’t expect anyone to get in his way this time.
On Friday, he had two near-pins against Coronado’s Andrew Gordon before he finally got an actual pin with 20 seconds left in the first period.
“The end goal is the same,” Niel said. “I want to win tournaments and pin everybody on the way there.”
Wouldn’t be a tournament without some upsets
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day took place in the 113 bracket. Doherty's Jayse Bouillion, who is an unseeded sophomore, pulled off a stunning 16-0 technical win over No. 2 Lane Wilfong of Peyton in a second-round match.
Bouillion, who had a 10-14 record before the tournament, wasn’t worried about his opponent’s ranking.
“I don't ever look at the bracket,” he said. “I know I'm going to be ranked low, but I proved that I should be ranked higher than I am.”
Other upsets included Cheyenne Mountain’s Rudy Juvera knocking off No. 3 Brad Lohse of James Irwin 2-0 at 132 and Falcon’s Broxton Lang pinning No. 3 Keyon Burris of Vista Ridge at 138.