Chargers, Rebels prepared for wrestling postseason

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By Michael Hicks

Postseason time is here. The next three weeks wrestling programs at Chatfield and Columbine will be grappling for league, regional and state supremacy, starting this Saturday, Feb. 9. Chatfield and Columbine will be competing at the 5A Jeffco League championships at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood. The Columbine Courier breaks down the upcoming postseason, starting with the league championships.

WHAT: 5A Jeffco League championships
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m.
WHERE: Bear Creek High School, Lakewood
TEAMS COMPETING: Arvada West, Bear Creek, Chatfield, Columbine, Lakewood, Pomona, Ralston Valley, Standley Lake
WRESTLERS TO WATCH (BY WEIGHT CLASS): 106: Tomas Gutierrez, Pomona; 113: Travis Torres, Pomona; 120: Josh Rosales, Pomona; Jerry Trujillo, Arvada West; 126: P.T. Garcia, Bear Creek; Payton Tawater, Arvada West; Lucas Vagher, Pomona; 132: Raymond Robledo, Pomona; Bennie Pachello, Arvada West; Jake Thayer, Chatfield; 138: Austin Marvel, Pomona; Taylor Bergquist, Arvada West; 145: Cody Cordova, Lakewood; 152: Ethan Wright, Pomona; Karl Breidenbach, Columbine; 160: Archie Colgan, Pomona; 170: Tony Silva-Bussey, Arvada West; Steve Ulman, Ralston Valley; Zach Gomez, Pomona; 182: Tom Oury, Arvada West; 195: Joey Garcia, Lakewood; Dylan Seeman, Chatfield; 220: Brian Mayberry, Columbine; 285: Dorean Gonzales, Lakewood; Mitch Chism, Pomona
NOTES: Thayer is unquestionably the Chargers’ top grappler, but he faces a tough draw at 132 pounds, which includes Pomona’s Robledo and Pachello of Arvada West. … Two other Chatfield wrestlers who should be in the hunt at leagues are 160-pounder Sam Hebert and 182-pounder Wilson George, head coach Robert Routh said. Riley Thayer (120) and Tyler Mitchell (138) should also make some noise. …  Columbine will be led by 152-pounder Breidenbach and 220-pounder Mayberry. Both could win league titles. Mayberry is expected to. … Mayberry has been ranked No. 1 all season by On the Mat rankings. “That No. 1 ranking is always a lot of pressure, but trying to hold it is even more pressure,” Columbine head coach Mark Baltazar said. “He’s got a good head on his shoulders. He doesn’t let that stuff get to him.” … One other Rebel to keep an eye on is 285-pound sophomore Anthony Gibson. He has a pair of third-place finishes in the past month at Evergreen and Alameda. … Pomona, Arvada West and Bear Creek are expected to compete for the league team title. Chatfield should be in the middle of the pack, while Columbine’s inexperience will probably keep it in the lower half of the field. … Chatfield will compete in the 5A Region 1 (Metro) tournament Feb. 15-16 at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora. That, quite simply, is the toughest draw in the state, which includes state powerhouses Pomona and Ponderosa. “That’s the way it goes,” Routh said. “The advantage is if you can get out of that region you’ve got a couple matches that can win at the state tournament. You could look at it negatively or you could get through there and get after a couple of kids in the early rounds.”… Columbine will compete in the 5A Region 4 (Metro) tournament Feb. 15-16 at Standley Lake High School in Westminster.