State wrestling notes: Cheyenne Mountain finishes third

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Photo - Pine Creek’s Peter Isais battles Cheyenne Mountain’s Zac Baker in the 4A 160-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Isais won 13-6. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Pine Creek’s Peter Isais battles Cheyenne Mountain’s Zac Baker in the 4A 160-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Isais won 13-6. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mike McFadden (132 pounds) and Zac Baker (160) finished second as Cheyenne Mountain took third in the Class 4A team standings for the second straight season at the state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

The Indians had seven medalists and finished with 113 points.

"When I was a freshman we only qualified two kids to state and it was a big deal," said Baker, a senior. "Since we got our new coach, Tyler Seaney, we've gone from a good program to amazing."

Baker lost to Pine Creek's Peter Isais in the 160 finals.

McFadden, meanwhile, was tasked with Grant Willits in the Pueblo County senior's final match of his storied high school career.

The Indians junior embraced the challenge but Willits was untouchable in winning his third state title.

The Willits family name later collected their seventh title when Grant's twin brother Hunter won at 152 to become the 20th four-time individual champion in state history.

"I wasn't disappointed with what happened or anything," McFadden said. "I wanted to give it my all against him."

Elsewhere in 4A, Discovery Canyon was seventh (79.5) and Mesa Ridge was eighth (75.5).

Pueblo County won with 225 points.

In 5A, Coronado took sixth with 78.5 points. Pomona won with 192.5.

Allis takes 2nd, Discovery Canyon finishes 7th

Patrick Allis had Pueblo County's Brendon Garcia on his back briefly in the 106-pound finals but couldn't finish.

"So close yet so far," Thunder coach Marques Bravo said as the sophomore went on to lose 11-5.

"He had him in danger for a second but you got to take advantage of those small windows of opportunity," Bravo added.

Allis, the team's only returning placer, cut an early deficit to 4-3 in the second period with his third escape of the match. Then in the third, he had Garcia flailing on his back but nothing came of it.

Allis settled for a runner-up spot on the podium and Discovery Canyon finished with five medalists - something Bravo says is a silver lining to a season that didn't always look promising for the Thunder.

"We had some rocky points in the year," the first-year coach said, "like we got smoked in a dual by Mesa Ridge. So it was nice to bounce back and put some guys on the podium and finish on somewhat of a high note."