Sun blog: Several area wrestlers win in semifinals, one win away from state glory

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Photo - Discovery Canyon wrestler Darian Palacio (left) defeated Sand Creek wrestler Caesar Sanchez in the Class 4A, 113 lb. bracket of the state wrestling tournament. The first day of Colorado State Wrestling was held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, February 15, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Discovery Canyon wrestler Darian Palacio (left) defeated Sand Creek wrestler Caesar Sanchez in the Class 4A, 113 lb. bracket of the state wrestling tournament. The first day of Colorado State Wrestling was held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, February 15, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

UPDATE 10:40 p.m.

The night is final over.

And in the end, seven wrestlers from the Pikes Peak region advanced to the title match of their respective weight class.

That list features Discovery Canyon's Patrick Allis, Air Academy’s Jason Hanenberg (132), Cheyenne Mountain’s Mike McFadden (138), Canon City’s Zac Hanenberg (145) and Mesa Ridge’s Elijah Valdez (152) and Mike True (285) in Class 4A.

In Class 3A, The Classical Academy's Nathan Johns (182) advanced to a state title match for the second consecutive year.

The championship matches start 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

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UPDATE 6:45 p.m.

The semifinals are just minutes away, and several Class 5A/4A wrestlers from the Pikes Peak region are just one win away from competing on the state's biggest stage.

In Class 5A: Coronado's Angel Flores (132); and Coronado's KJ Kearns.

In Class 4A: Discovery Canyon's Jett Strickenberger (106); Falcon's Kenneth Crosby (106); Discovery Canyon's Patrick Allis (120); Canon City's James Ruona (126); Air Academy's Jason Hanenberg; Cheyenne Mountain's Mike McFadden (138); Cheyenne Mountain's Kevin Hooks (145); Canon City's Zac Hanenberg (145); Widefield's Elijah Whatley; Mesa Ridge's Elijah Valdez (152); Air Academy's Brady Badwound (160); Pine Creek's Niel Garrett (182); Cheyenne Mountain's Cian Quiroga (195); Mesa Ridge's Dominick Fini (220); and Mesa Ridge's Mike True.

The list of Class 2A/3A semifinalists from the region will be added later.

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This is when things get interesting.

More than 100 wrestlers from the Pikes Peak region qualified for the 2018 Colorado High School Activities Association State Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver, but that number likely will go down by the end of the day.

Day 2 begins with Class 2A/3A quarterfinals.

At 7 p.m., the semifinals begin.

So by tonight, we will find out which wrestlers will compete for a state title. Perhaps a few of them will be from the Pikes Peak region.

It's still early, but Discovery Canyon is already making an impact in Class 4A -- as the Thunder are tied for fourth with 21 points behind Pueblo East's 34, Pueblo County's 29 and Windsor's 26. Mesa Ridge is not far behind with 15.

Class 4A/5A quarterfinals begin at 12:45 p.m.

For live results, Gazette Preps has you covered.

In the meantime, read about The Classical Academy's Nathan Johns and Air Academy's Jason Hanenberg and Discovery Canyon's Jared Turner.

NOTE: Stay with this blog for updates of the state tournament throughout the day.