Wrestling: Cherokee Trail takes 5th at Jimmy Hamada tourney in California

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CARLSBAD, Calif. | The Cherokee Trail wrestling team hasn’t seen much action in Colorado yet this season, but the Cougars had plenty of success on a trip to California.

The Cougars traveled to California for the 2013 Jimmy Hamada wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday and coach Jeff Buck’s team took fifth-place among a total of 45 teams competing at La Costa Canyon High School.

Six Cherokee Trail wrestlers placed in the top eight in their respective weights — including a runner-up in sophomore Michael Thelen — in a tournament considered one of the toughest prep gatherings in the Southwest.

Thelen had the highest result for the Cougars, working his way through the 37-wrestler bracket with two pins, a major decision and a decision to move into the championship match against Kenneth Moore of Hoover High School. Moore prevailed 6-4.

Senior Harley Korte placed third at 160 pounds, rebounding from getting pinned by South Hills’ Matt Chavez on the semifinals to edge La Costa Canyon’s Phoenix Prefontaine 5-4. Junior 106-pounder Danny Constant also placed third with an 8-3 decision over Rancho Bernardo’s Charlie Hanson.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel

2013 JIMMY HAMADA WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

Team scores: 1. Green Valley 278 points; 2. La Costa Canyon 205; T3. Selma 154.5; T3. Rancho Bernardo 154.5; 5. CHEROKEE TRAIL 145; 6. Carlsbad 144; 7. Rim of the World 140; 8. Brawley 137.5; 9. Elmo 133; 10. South Hills 126; 11. El Dorado 124.5; 12. San Marcos 117; 13. Vista 113.5; T14. Steele Canyon 97; T14. Escondido 97; 16. San Ysidro 93; 17. Mt. Carmel 91.5; 18. Ramona 89.5; 19. Central Union 80.5; 20. Westview 79; 21. University City 78; 22. Chula Vista 75; 23. Boulder City 69; 24. El Cajon Valley 66.5; T25. Palo Verde 64; T25. Eastlake 64; 27. Patrick Henry 54; 28. San Pasqual 52; 29. Southwest (IV) 51; 30. Riverside Poly 45.5; 31. Hoover 44; 32. Serra 41.5; 33. Valley Center 40; 34. Hilltop H.S. 36; 35. Cathedral Catholic 32; 36. Mater Dei 29; 37. Oceanside 24; T38. Madison 19; T38. West Hills 19; 40. La Jolla 18; 41. Torrey Pines 17; 42. Fallbrook 16; 43. Del Norte 15; 44. St. Augustine 13; 45. LCC B 0

CHEROKEE TRAIL PLACERS

106 pounds: Third-place match — Danny Constant (Cherokee Trail) def. Charlie Hanson (Rancho Bernardo), 8-3; 138 pounds: 8th-place match — Alec Baker (La Costa Canyon) dec. Markus Alarcon (Cherokee Trail), 8-0; 152 pounds: Championship match — Kenneth Moore (Hoover) def. Michael Thelen (Cherokee Trail), 6-4; 160 pounds: Third-place match — Harley Korte (Cherokee Trail) dec. Phoenix Prefontaine (La Costa Canyon), 5-4; 195 pounds: Fifth-place match — Steven Villanueva (Southwest IV) dec. Alex Alarcon (Cherokee Trail), 3-0; 285 pounds: Fifth-place match — James Carnegie (El Dorado Canyon) dec. Quincy Starling (Cherokee Trail), 2-1