AURORA | Eaglecrest’s Centennial League championship bid got a boost Thursday night with a dual meet win at rival Grandview.
The experienced Raptors posted seven pins against the young, competitive Wolves and finished strong for a 45-31 victory that moved them to 3-0 in the league standings.
Coach Dan Wrona’s Eaglecrest team trailed by 10 points going into the middle weights, but consecutive pins by 145-pounder Ace Ellison and Sean Bryant at 152 swung the momentum. Adin Puris (170) and James Knott (182) put the finishing touches on the victory with pins of their own and with an insurmountable lead, 189-pounder Trevon Beauford — who returned from injury — received a forfeit.
Steve Ramirez at 106 pounds and 126-pounder Andrew George also won by fall, while heavyweight Mike Howshar captured a 3-0 decision for the Raptors, who tuned up for a trip to the Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Grandview, which just returned from their annual trip to the Reno (Nev.) Tournament of Champions, fell to 1-2 in Centennial League duals.
Coach Greg Maestas’ Wolves, who had three freshmen in a lineup with no returning state qualifiers, took their final lead at 31-27 with three matches remaining when 160-pounder Jordan Brown pinned Eaglecrest’s Aldin Puris.
Promising freshmen Xavier Cardenas at 113 pounds and Tanner Patterson at 120s posted consecutive pins to help Grandview start strong. Trevor Lovely (220) and Seth Brown (138) also won by pin, while Jaime Cardenas posted a 13-0 major decision victory for the Wolves, who competed for the final time before winter break.
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EAGLECREST 45, GRANDVIEW 31
220 pounds: Trevor Lovely (Grandview) pinned Weston Akers (Eaglecrest) 3:56; 285 pounds: Mike Howshar (Eaglecrest) dec. Josh Vigil (Grandview), 3-0; 106 pounds: Steve Ramirez (Eaglecrest) pinned Kylie Smith (Grandview), 0:15; 113 pounds: Xavier Cardenas (Grandview) dec. Philip Ross (Eaglecrest), 7-0; 120 pounds: Tanner Patterson (Grandview) pinned John Barchenger (Eaglecrest), 3:22; 126 pounds: Andrew George (Eaglecrest) pinned Brad Rodriguez (Grandview), 1:54; 132 pounds: Jaime Cardenas (Grandview) maj. dec. Dominique Evans (Eaglecrest), 13-0; 138 pounds: Seth Brown (Grandview) pinned Jake Dugan (Eaglecrest), 4:47; 145 pounds: Ace Ellison (Eaglecrest) pinned Alex Aguilar (Grandview), 2:49; 152 pounds: Sean Bryant (Eaglecrest) pinned Wyatt Eickbush (Grandview), 2:30; 160 pounds: Jordan Brown (Grandview) pinned Aldin Puris (Eaglecrest), 5:51; 170 pounds: Adin Puris (Eaglecrest) pinned Quentin Olson (Grandview), 0:50; 182 pounds: James Knott (Eaglecrest) pinned Carlos Morrison (Grandview), 0:49; 195 pounds: Treyvon Beauford (Eaglecrest), won by forfeit