Saturday’s prep roundup: Local wrestlers take top honors at prestigious Northern Colorado meet

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Old Chicago NCCT

At Greeley: Jett Strickenberger of Discovery Canyon and Cheyenne Mountain’s Deonte Bridges took individual titles at 106 pounds and 220 pounds, respectively, at the Old Chicago Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament.

Strickenberger, a freshman, earned a 1-0 ultimate tiebreaker victory, while Bridges, a sophomore, dealt Mesa Ridge senior Dominick Fini his first loss in 14 matches with a pin 3:14 into the championship bout.

Mesa Ridge, which also had runner-up efforts from Elijah Valdez (152) and Michael True (285), finished fifth overall in the team standings for the top finish among Pikes Peak region squads.

Discovery Canyon, which also had placers in Jaden Porreco (fourth at 126) and Jared Turner (fifth at 132), placed 10th.

Warrior Classic

At Grand Junction: Pine Creek senior Garrett Niel, rallied following an early loss, winning his last six matches to claim third place.

Fountain-Fort Carson’s Tyler Vasquez took second at 126 pounds.

Sheridan Tournament

At Sheridan: Florence had three wrestlers on the podium’s top step in Johnny Masopust (113 pounds), Ty Addington (152) and Keeton Green (170).

Also, Brad Lohse of James Irwin claimed the title at 132 pounds, with Manitou Springs’ Bryd McCarley taking top honors in the 145-pound weight class.


G17 Colorado Coaches Invite

At Thornton: Rampart won the 4A team title, highlighted by a school record in a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, and Lewis-Palmer’s Meredith Rees took first in the 100-yard freestyle and also placed third in the 200 individual medley.

Rampart’s 400 free relay team also placed second.

Other top finishes came from L-P divers Savanah Trueb (fifth) and Anna Kemper (ninth), Rampart junior Edenna Chen (second in the 100 breaststroke), Rampart freshman Lindsey Immel (seventh in the 100 free and ninth in the 50 free) and Rampart senior Alanna Clarke (fourth in the 100 butterfly).


Liberty 61, Vista Ridge 59

At Vista Ridge: Moz Doria paced three scorers in double figures with 18 points to help Liberty erase a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter and head into the holiday break on a seven-game winning streak.

Agustin Rivas added 15 points, and Kyle Bohuslavsky chipped in with 12 for Liberty (7-2), which trailed 40-28 after three quarters and 57-52 with 1:45 remaining.

Micah Hilts led the Wolves (4-3) with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Tristan Pratt 

Discovery Canyon 65, Pueblo Centennial 52

At Pueblo: Caleb Blackburn led all scorers with 22 points, and Discovery Canyon led from wire to wire in beating Pueblo Centennial at the Pueblo East Coaches Classic.

Zach Anderson added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder (5-3), who jumped out to a 15-8 lead after one quarter and extended that advantage to 33-18 at halftime.

Chase Rogers and Daryn Whisman contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Discovery Canyon.

St. Mary’s 78, Salida 64

At St. Mary’s: Camden Raedel hit six 3-pointers en route to a team-high 20 points, and St. Mary’s (2-5, 2-0 3A Tri-Peaks League) stayed perfect in league play by beating Salida.

Jack Velten scored all 13 points from the free-throw line, and Gabe Calhoun added 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Pirates, who won for the second time in three games following an 0-4 start.

Draven Hackley chipped in 12 points – including a 7-for-7 effort from the free-throw line – for St. Mary’s.


CSS 54, Peyton 48

At Peyton: Ali Graham had a team-high 18 points, and sisters Whitney and Natalie Richardi added 15 and 12 points, respectively as Colorado Springs School stayed perfect through seven games.

The Kodiaks trailed by one heading into the fourth quarter but outscored the Panthers (3-2) 19-12 over the final eight minutes.

Vista Ridge 53, Palmer 42

At Palmer: Sanee’ Cates brought Palmer (3-6) back from an early 16-point deficit with a 23-point effort, but Vista Ridge regained control with a dominant fourth quarter in a non-league victory.

The Wolves (4-2), who won their third straight, outscored the Terrors 20-6 in the fourth quarter.

Cates made 17 of 23 free throw and added five steals and three assists for Palmer, which trailed 20-4 in the first quarter but clawed back to take a 36-33 advantage entering the final eight minutes.

Castle View 54, Doherty 41

At Doherty: Abbi Noll had a team-high nine points, but Doherty (4-3) shot just 29 percent from the floor (14 of 49) and also missed half of its free throws (7 of 14) in dropping its second game in a row.


Rampart 7, Cheyenne Mountain 1

At Honnen: Braden Overholt scored twice and started a four-goal outburst in the second period as Rampart (3-2) rolled past Cheyenne Mountain (2-5), which dropped its fourth straight game.

Chase Allen stopped 28 of 29 shots for Rampart, which scored six unanswered goals after Trevor Taylor scored for Cheyenne Mountain at 4:39 of the first period.

Kyle Martinaitis had three assists for Rampart.

Liberty 3, Steamboat Springs 1

At Sertich: Jaison Copeland and Jonah Dixon scored power-play goals in the third period as Liberty rallied for its second win in its last three games following an 0-4 start.

Copeland’s goal tied the game at 1 at 9:05 of the third period, then Greg Schendzielos broke the tie a little more than two minutes later on assists from Mike Wilson and Dixon.

Dixon added an insurance goal on the man advantage with 2:17 left.

Coronado 7, Woodland Park 2

At Cadet Ice Arena: Ian Werk and Andrew Burton each scored twice to lead Coronado (2-3) past Woodland Park (0-5).