Wednesday's prep roundup: Seven pins lead Mesa Ridge past Discovery Canyon


Highlights from Wednesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.


Mesa Ridge 48, Discovery Canyon 29

At Mesa Ridge: A season after finishing fourth in the state as a team in 4A, Mesa Ridge isn't going anywhere.

The Grizzlies got seven pins, including a couple of key ones at the back end of the match behind Devin Lueck pinning Brendan Byrnes of Discovery Canyon at 113 pounds and Jalen Fisher pinning Matt Tobey at 120 to turn a seven-point lead into the 19-point victory.

"Getting a win at home, a big dual win at home, is always nice," Grizzlies coach Rob Braaten said.

The Grizzlies finished with 123 points at state last season, one behind Cheyenne Mountain, which finished third, and six behind second-place Greeley Central. That successful result lingers with the returning wrestlers.

"We had a great year last year," Braaten said. "Finishing fourth was a lot of fun. The kids were having fun being in the fight right to the end. We graduated some great seniors, but we're trying to prove we're a good program, not a one-class program."

Silas Valdez (126) kicked off the dual with a pin for the Grizzlies. Elijah Valdez (145), Jared Volcic (182), Derric Cruz (195) and Michael True (285) also had pins for the Grizzlies, True's coming in 43 seconds.

Matthew Chaudhary (132), Jared Turner (138) and Patrick Allis (106) had pins for the Thunder. Chaudhary worked his pin in 45 seconds.

Doherty 37, Coronado 24

At Coronado: Doherty won eight of the 14 matches, including a sudden victory by Jayse Boullion over Seth Garcia at 106 to help the Spartans take the dual meet.

Tadeo Villavicecio won via pin at 220 in 27 seconds, while teammates Collin Metzgar (120), Daniel Joey Shaw (126) and Maverick Keigher (132) also won with pins.

Stephen Dabelko won at 113 by pin in 1:17 for Coronado and Jimmy Weaver added a pin at 195 for the Cougars.

Pine Creek 50, Rampart 21

At Pine Creek: Pine Creek registered seven pins, led by Thomas Dantzler's 27-second pin at 182, to beat league rival Rampart.

Ronald Salazar III (152), Peter Isais (160), Garrett Niel (1:24), Andrew Transtrum (195) and Evan Weaver (106) also pinned their opponents.

Alan Haugen and Jon Kitazano notched pins for Rampart.

TCA 50, Harrison 30

At TCA: Seven pins were more than enough to help The Classical Academy defeat Harrison.

Aleck Snider (113), Nicylas Roitsch (126), Matt Johnson (138), Nicholas Kostin (145), Spencer Nelson (152), Daniel Borchert (182), Nathan Johns (195) and Jason Alexander (220) had pins for the Titans.

Harrison got pins from Sergio Alvarado (120), Godansi Bimenyimana (132) and Ramone Daley (160).



Discovery Canyon 119, Palmer 50

At Palmer: Discovery Canyon won 11 of 12 events and locked up the top two spots in seven of the individual events.

Noel Clayton, Brianna Ridings and Laurne DeRay each won two individual events for the Thunder.

DeRay won the 50-yard freestyle in 28.60 seconds and took the 100 free in 1:03.43. Clayton won the 200 individual medley in 2:26.45 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.90. Ridings won the 100 backstroke (1:05.13) and 100 butterfly (1:05.06).

Palmer's Sequoia Gilliam took first in the 500 freestyle in 5:54.80. Teammate Margy Schueler was second.



Air Academy 42, Palmer Ridge 32

At Palmer Ridge: Katelin Gallegos made eight free throws and finished with a game-high 18 points on 5-of-12 shooting to lead 4A Pikes Peak region No. 2 Air Academy (9-2, 3-0 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) past No. 3 Palmer Ridge (8-4, 2-1) in a key league showdown.

The two teams were the only ones who'd yet to lose a league game.

Air Academy scored 14 points in the first quarter and led 23-19 at the half. The Kadets then held Palmer Ridge to two points in the third quarter.

Sam Rippley led Palmer Ridge with 11 points.

Falcon 49, Lewis-Palmer 32

At Falcon: After being held to five points in the second quarter and finding itself tied at 19 at half with Lewis-Palmer, Falcon (7-2, 2-1 PPAC) held the Rangers (6-4, 1-2) to four points in the third quarter and nine in the fourth to pull away for the 17-point victory.

Hanna Diaz led the Falcons with 12 points, Jade Adams added 11 and 13 rebounds for the double-double, and Kiana Harkema scored 10 points.

Discovery Canyon 52, Sand Creek 39

At Discovery Canyon: After sitting out the team's first 11 games due to transfer rules, former Pine Creek player Emma List scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Discovery Canyon (6-6, 2-1 PPAC) past Sand Creek (4-6, 0-2).

Kristina Schnieble added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Thunder.

Edison 33, Fountain Valley 25

At Fountain Valley: Edison (4-2) rallied from a four-point deficit, outscoring Fountain Valley (1-2) 15-3 in the final quarter to get the win.

The Danes had held Edison to 18 points through three quarters, only to see the Eagles score nearly that many in the fourth.

Freshman Tilly Rahm led Fountain Valley with nine points. Kendall Weiskopf added eight.

Cheyenne Mountain 50, Vista Ridge 44

At Vista Ridge: Cheyenne Mountain (4-7, 1-2 PPAC) used a 19-10 fourth quarter to rally and beat Vista Ridge (3-7, 1-2).

Ashlynn Smith scored a team-high 19 points – nine of them coming via 9-of-12 free-throw shooting – and Katelynn Ralston added eight for the Indians.



Lewis-Palmer 90, Falcon 81

At Falcon: Five players scored at least 16 points for Lewis-Palmer as the Rangers notched their first league win.

Eli Burkett scored a team-high 20 points, Joel Scott scored 19, Angelo Battistelli added 17 and Billy Cook and Noah Baca each scored 16 to lead the Rangers (5-4, 1-2 PPAC).

Falcon's Reece Warren led all scorers with 26.

L-P built a 50-38 lead at half and held on from there.

Sand Creek 70, Discovery Canyon 50

At Sand Creek: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Sand Creek (11-1, 3-0 PPAC) jumped out to a 33-20 lead at half and never looked back against Discovery Canyon (4-7, 1-2).

Already in command, Sand Creek outscored the Thunder 21-9 in the third quarter.

Palmer Ridge 54, Air Academy 42

At Palmer Ridge: Palmer Ridge (8-4, 2-1 PPAC) defeated Air Academy (1-11, 0-3) to stay among the leaders in the league race.

Denver SS&T Green Valley 53, James Irwin 48

At James Irwin: Micha Dixon scored 11 points and Zebian James added 10 but it wasn’t enough as James Irwin (2-7) fell to Denver School of Science & Technology: Green Valley Ranch (7-1).

The game was tied heading into the final period, but DSST outscored the Jaguars 13-8.