NORTHGLENN | Three Aurora wrestlers came away with championships from a field of 19 teams at Saturday’s Northglenn Norse Invitational.
Gateway had a pair of winners in senior 138-pounder Josh Butler and senior 152-pounder Abdelaziz BenQadi, while Regis Jesuit junior 195-pounder Grant Neal also reached the top of the podium.
Coach Stephen Burns’ Gateway team had two other finalists to contribute to its seventh-place total of 100 points, while Neal and Regis Jesuit had 85 to tie for 10th and Hinkley — with five placers in all — deadlocked for 14th with 67.5 points in the competition at Northglenn High School.
Butler came into the tournament ranked No. 7 in Class 5A at 138 pounds by On The Mat and he lived up to his billing, posting a 4-0 record that pushed him to 37-3 on the season. He captured the championship with a 5-2 decision over Pueblo Central’s Zach Montoya, giving him a second straight tournament title after he won the Alameda Invitational the previous weekend.
Benqadi — who also came in ranked No. 7 at 152 pounds — went 4-0 in the tournament, improving to 33-7 with an 8-5 decision of 4A No. 6 Kennan Willitts of Pueblo County.
Senior Sergio Marquez cruised into the 113-pound championship match for Gateway, posting a pair of major decision victories to earn a chance to face Northglenn’s Mauricio Garcia in the final. Garcia, ranked No. 11 in 5A, took a 6-3 decision over seventh-ranked Marquez, who now stands at 30-5 on the season.
Freshman Deyaun Trueblood came in off a championship at the Alameda Invitational and earned his way into another final at Northglenn, only to run into undefeated and top-ranked Jacob Trujillo of Grand Junction. Trujillo kept his perfect mark intact with an 18-5 major decision victory over Trueblood, whose record is now 32-6. The two could meet again at the 5A Region 4 tournament in two weeks.
Neal headlined three placers for Regis Jesuit, which also got third-place results from senior Josh Redman at 120 pounds and sophomore Donovan Ronan at 126 pounds.
The fourth-rated 195-pounder in 5A, Neal absolutely cruised to the tournament championship. He improved to 30-2 with three easy victories, including a major decision and two pins, the second coming against Eagle Valley’s Joey Sanchez in the first period of the championship match.
Redman lost to Pueblo Central’s Brandon Aragon, the No. 7 120-pounder in 4A, in the semifinals, but won twice in the consolation round to reach the third place match. Wrapping up his day, Redman — ranked No. 11 in 5A — pinned 2A No. 5 Aaron Aagesen of Yuma at 3:41 to move to 36-3 overall.
Ronan (31-10) should improve on his No. 16 ranking in 5A at 126 pounds, as he won four times and placed third with a 6-2 decision of Grand Junction’s Jeff Christeleit.
Junior Max Carbajal’s fourth-place showing at 195 pounds represented the best finish for Hinkley, which also got fifths from Kamoni Wash (152) and Isaiah Silva (182) and sixths from 113-pounder Rafael Garibay and 120-pounder Mike Brungardt.
Carbajal matched the fourth place he earned a week earlier at the Alameda Invitational, as he lost an 8-2 decision to Jonny Pauli of Grand Junction in the third-place match. His other loss came to Neal in the semifinals, putting him at 2-2 on the day and 27-10 on the season.
Silva, a runner-up at Alameda, turned in a 3-2 showing and pinned Nick Lektomiller of Frederick 57 seconds into the fifth-place match. Silva improved to 17-19.
Wash moved to 21-11 on the season at 152 pounds, pinning Johnny Ray Vallijo of Pueblo Central in the fifth-place match to put a cap on a 3-2 day.
Garibay and Brungardt each lost two-point decisions in their fifth-place matches, with Arapahoe’s Austin Lienmann stopping Garibay 5-3 and Greeley Central’s Dominick Archuleta dealing Brungardt an 8-6 defeat.
Brungardt now sits at 20-12, while Garibay is 16-19.
Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555
2013 NORTHGLENN NORSE INVITATIONAL
Team scores: 1. Pueblo Central 163 points; 2. Eagle Valley 145.5; 3. Arapahoe 135; 4. Grand Junction 135; 5. Greeley Central 114; 6. Northglenn 102.5; 7. GATEWAY 100; 8. Yuma 91.5; 9. Jefferson 85.5; T10. REGIS JESUIT 85; T10. Erie 85; 12. Pueblo County 82.5; 13. Castle View 74; T14. HINKLEY 67.5; T14. Heritage 67.5; 16. Thornton 59; 17. Northridge 40; 18. Frederick 24.5; 19. Lyons 8
AURORA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
113 pounds: Maurisio Garcia (Northglenn) dec. Sergio Marquez (Gateway), 6-3
138 pounds: Josh Butler (Gateway) dec. Zach Montoya (Pueblo County), 5-2
145 pounds: Jacob Trujillo (Grand Junction) maj. dec. Deyaun Trueblood (Gateway), 18-5
152 pounds: Abdelaziz BenQadi (Gateway) dec. Kennan Willits (Pueblo County), 8-5
195 pounds: Grant Neal (Regis Jesuit) pinned Joey Sanchez (Eagle Valley), 1:34
AURORA THIRD-PLACE MATCHES
120 pounds: Josh Redman (Regis Jesuit) pinned Aaron Aagesen (Yuma), 3:41
126 pounds: Donovan Ronan (Regis Jesuit) dec. Jeff Christeleit (Grand Junction), 6-2
195 pounds: Jonny Pauli (Grand Junction) dec. Max Carbajal (Hinkley), 8-2
AURORA FIFTH-PLACE MATCHES
113 pounds: Austin Liennman (A) dec. Rafael Garibay (Hinkley), 6-4
120 pounds: Dominick Archuleta (Greeley Central) dec. Mike Brungardt (Hinkley), 8-6
152 pounds: Kamoni Wash (Hinkley) pinned Johnny Ray Vallijo (Pueblo Central), 2:27
182 pounds: Isaiah Silva (Hinkley) pinned Nick Lektomiller (Frederick), 0:57