Bears grapplers open state tournament on high note

Martinez, Valdez and Upton impressive in first round victories

Buoyed by a combination senior leadership and freshman energy, the Dolores High School wresting team enjoyed a solid opening day at the Colorado State Wrestling Tournament on Feb. 22.

Competing at the Pepsi Center in Denver, the Bears finished the day 3-1 with hopes of maintaining momentum heading into tomorrow.

Martinez solid in state tournament debut

Showing no sign of nerves, Bears' 113-pound freshman Richard Martinez dominated in the first round, beating Fowler's Gino DeVore 16-0 to earn a technical fall victory.

With the big win, Martinez advances to the tournament's second round where he will meet Merino High School's Marcelino Baptista (20-3).

Valdez performs well in first round victory

Matching up against a tough opponent in Merino High School's Leon Jonson, Bears' 145-pound senior Deano Valdez advanced by virtue of a hard-fought 10-4 victory.

Next up for the Dolores senior will be a second round matchup against Wink High School's Blake Denton (37-5).

Upton dominant in opening round victory

Looking every bit a regional champion, Bears' 182-pound senior Ethen Upton got his state tournament off to a solid start, pinning Cheyenne Wells High School's Jeremiah Cozart.

With the victory, Upton advances to the tournament's second round where he will meet Sierra Grande' High School's Jose Cisneros (14-4).

Medina pinned in opening round

After battling hard throughout his opening match, Bears' 106-pound freshman Tristan Medina was finally pinned by Akron High School's Tanner Watson.

Next up for Medina will be a chance at redemption in the consolation bracket as the freshman is slated to take on Las Animas High School's Marcos Fernandez.

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