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.