Wrestling: Key dates, wrestlers to watch in 2012-13

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AURORA 2012-13 WRESTLING SEASON

KEY DATES: Feb. 15-16 — Eaglecrest, Rangeview, Regis Jesuit at 5A Region 1 (Smoky Hill HS); Grandview at 5A Region 2 (Doherty HS); Cherokee Trail at 5A Region 3 (Loveland HS); Aurora Central, Gateway, Hinkley, Overland at 5A Region 4 (Standley Lake HS); Vista PEAK at 4A Region 4 (Montrose HS); Feb. 21-23 — Class 5A-1A state tournament at Pepsi Center

RETURNING STATE PLACERS: Mike Howshar, sr., 285 pounds, Eaglecrest (placed 6th at 285); Bruno Nicoletti, sr., 126 pounds, Cherokee Trail (placed 5th at 106)

RETURNING STATE QUALIFIERS: Trevon Beauford, jr., Eaglecrest, 195 pounds (qualified at 182); Noah Brandt, sr., Aurora Central, 285 (qualified at 285); Josh Butler, sr., Gateway, 145 (qualified at 132); Junior Casillas, jr., Vista PEAK, 106 (qualified at 106, 3A); Sergio Marquez, sr.. Gateway, 113 (qualified at 113); Grant Neal, jr., Regis Jesuit, 195 (qualified at 195); Brandon Read, sr., Rangeview, 160 (qualified at 160); Amer Tipura, sr., Overland, 220 (qualified at 220)

WRESTLERS TO WATCH: Javier Alonso, sr., Overland, 182 pounds; Abdelaziz BenQadi, sr., Gateway, 160; Dexter Bess, jr., Smoky Hill, 220; Sean Bryant, sr., Eaglecrest, 152; Jaime Cardenas, jr., Grandview, 126; Estevan Chun, sr., Grandview, 170; Ace Ellison, sr., Eaglecrest, 145; Andrew George, sr., Eaglecrest, 126; Justin Gomness, sr., Eaglecrest, 138; Dan Kasberg, sr., Smoky Hill, 120; Harley Korte, jr., Cherokee Trail, 145-152; Will Logan, sr., Gateway, 138; Brandon Nofsinger, sr., Rangeview, 220; Tanner Patterson, fr., Grandview, 106; Josh Redman, sr., Regis Jesuit, 120; Jalen Reyes, sr., Cherokee Trail, 160; Trent Rogers, sr., Cherokee Trail, 171-182; Philip Ross, sr., Eaglecrest, 106; Donovan Sinka, soph., 132-138, Vista PEAK; Deyaun Trueblood, fr., Gateway, 152; Dan Valdez, sr., Aurora Central, 132 pounds; Garrett Zimmerman, sr., Cherokee Trail, 285

COACHES: Aurora Central — Conrad Parra; Cherokee Trail — Jeff Buck; Eaglecrest — Dan Wrona; Gateway — Steven Burns; Grandview — Greg Maestas; Hinkley — Terrance Goodroad; Overland — Bert Dalton; Rangeview — Tim Corby; Regis Jesuit — Danny Bieshaar; Smoky Hill — Jim Opperman; Vista PEAK — Ricky Robbins

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555