Eaglecrest finished 2nd at Saturday’s Alameda Invitational, as two champions and six placers in all helped the Raptors to 169.5 points, second only to Montrose (191).
Adin Puris at 170 pounds and heavyweight Mike Howshar both won championships, while Andrew George (126), Jake Dugan (132) and Ace Ellison (145) all made finals before losing. Devante Deshwanden claimed 4th at 138.
Hinkley had 81 points for ninth in the 21-team field. The Thunderbirds had a finalist in 182-pounder Isaiah Silva, who finished 2nd, while Mike Brungardt (120) and Max Carbajal (195) were 4th.
Puris lifted his record to 23-6 on the season with a 13-9 decision over Fountain-Fort Carson’s Jordan Smith in the 170-pound championship match, which put him at 3-0 on the day after he also won by pin and decision.
Two pins got Howshar into the championship match, where things tightened up against Montrose’s Jesus Casillas. Howshar improved to 21-4 on the season with a 3-2 decision.
George won his first two matches by pins, then recorded a major decision to reach the 126-pound final, where Westminster’s John Fugita downed him 4-0.
Ellison had a first-round bye, then recorded a pin and 7-0 decision to get a shot at the 145-pound crown, but Westminster Matt Bryan had just enough to deal him an 8-6 decision.
Dugan made it to the championship match at 132 pounds with three decisive victories, but had to forfeit to Fountain-Fort Carson’s Jake Taylor due to injury. Deshwanden also had to forfeit the third-place match at 138s because he had already reached the five-match limit for the day.
Brungardt (18-9) lost his first match, then won three straight to reach the third-place match, where Summit’s Nick Wittrock pinned him.
With just a 7-14 record coming in, Silva was a surprise finalist at 182 pounds for Hinkley. He got his chance with a pin of Chatfield’s Wilson George in the semifinals, only to fall short in an 11-7 decision to Frederick’s Nick Letkomiller.
Carbajal’s outstanding season at 195 pounds continued with pins in his first two matches, but Arvada’s undefeated Garet Krohn won by fall in the semifinals.
A 5-2 loss to Westminster’s Christian Wood in the third-place match put Carbajal’s record at 23-6.
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2013 ALAMEDA WRESTLING INVITATIONAL
Team scores: 1. Montrose 191 points; 2. EAGLECREST 169.5; 3. Westminster 132.5; 4. Fountain-Fort Carson 103; 5. Chatfield 99.5; 6. Boulder 99; 7. Frederick 97.5; 8. Heritage 86; 9. HINKLEY 81; 10. Widefield 77; 11. Columbine 75.5; 12. Alameda 62; 13. Arvada 57; 14. Wheat Ridge 55; 15. Mitchell 52; 16. Summit 32.5; 17. Denver West 31; 18. Lutheran 21; 19. Skyview 17; 20. Denver North 15; 21. George Washington 3
AURORA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
126 pounds: John Fugita (Westminster) dec. Andrew George (Eaglecrest), 4-0
132 pounds: Jake Thayer (Fountain-Fort Carson) won by injury default over Jake Dugan (Eaglecrest)
145 pounds: Matt Bryan (Westminster) dec. Ace Ellison (Eaglecrest), 8-6
170 pounds: Adin Puris (Eaglecrest) dec. Jordan Smith (Fountain-Fort Carson), 13-9
182 pounds: Nick Letkomiller (Frederick) dec. Isaiah Silva (Hinkley), 11-7
285 pounds: Mike Howshar (Eaglecrest) dec. Jesus Casillas (Montrose), 3-2
AURORA THIRD-PLACE MATCHES
120 pounds: Nick Wittrock (Summit) pinned Mike Brungardt (Hinkley), 0:38
138 pounds: Martin Selby (Boulder) won by default (match limit) over Devante Deshwanden (Eaglecrest)
195 pounds: Christian Wood (Westminster) dec. Max Carbajal (Hinkley), 5-2