Five wrestlers from the Arkansas Valley battled for individual state championships in the final day of the Colorado Highh School Activities Association state tournaments Saturday at the Pepsi Center.

Three of them were successful, including a pair of defending state champions.

La Junta's Isaiah Gamez won the Class 3A 120-pound championship by defeating Lamar's Ethan Andrade, a competitor that had defeated Gamez not once, but twice this year.

There was no score after the first period. Gamez started the second period on the bottom and scored a quick escape.

That turned out to be the only scoring of the match.

Andrade started the third period on the bottom and attempted to escape several times. However, Gamez was able to keep Andrade on the mat to take a 1-0 victory and his second straight state title.

Fowler's Seth McFall easily defended the Class 2A 106-pound championship by pinning Rye's Cole Miller.

McFall scored an early takedown and added five points on nearfalls before finishing off Miller at the 1:29 mark.

McFall was also named the Class 2A Outstanding Wrestler.

Rocky Ford's Jesse Tapia won the Class 2A 195-pound title with an overtime win over Paonia's Anthony Felice.

The first period was scoreless, but Felice scored an early escape. Tapia took down Felice late in the period, but Felice escaped just before the period ended.

Felice recorded a takedown, but Tapia scored a reversal to tie the score at 4-4 and sent the match into overtime.

Tapia scored the title-winning takedown with 24 seconds left in the overtime for a 6-4 win.

Another Rocky Ford wrestler, Dillon Jaramillo, who won the state championship as a sophomore, was denied a second title in the Class 2A 120-pound championship against Cedaredge's Trey Geyer.

Jaramillo scored first, but Geyer reversed the hold and pinned Jaramillo in 1:46.

County Line's Jayce Bauer was looking to cap off an undefeated season in the Class 2A 220-pound championship against Cedaredge's Taj Van der Linde.

Van der Linde scored a takedown in the first period. After a scoreless second period, Van der Linde recorded a reversal for a 4-0 win.

Class 3A

La Junta

The remaining two Tigers who wrestled on Saturday, Benny Austin Gonzales (182) and Mitchell Peabody (195) were both defeated in the third round of their consolation brackets.

Class 2A

County Line

One other Rival wrestled on Saturday as Dawson Roesch took fifth place at 182 pounds.

Crowley County

Four Chargers went to the awards stand on Saturday, including Jared Bauer, who was third at 145, Adam Schultz, who was third at 152, Lane Walter, who was fourth at 220, and Jorge Valdez, who was fourth at 220.

Tanner Howells (138) also competed on Saturday, but was defeated in the third round of consolation.


Two of the Grizzlies placed in their individual weight divisions.

J.J. Horn was fifth at 220 and Dylan Palomino was sixth at 152.

Fernando Salazar (113) was defeated in the third round of consolation.

Rocky Ford

Two Meloneers placed fifth in their weight divisions. The list includes Michael Maldonado (113) and Santino Mendoza (138).

Jadon Baldonado (152), Isiah Garcia (160) and Simon Apodaca (220) were all eliminated in the third round of consolation.


Two Lions were place winners on Saturday.

Adam Nolte placed third at 132 and Kaleb Fisher was fifth at 152.

Michael Romero (113) also wrestled on Saturday, but was defeated in the third round consolation.