Durango High School Athletics


Demons’ Woodworth wins crown at Bulldog Invitational


The Durango Herald | 1/18/2022

PHOTO CREDIT: Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

Durango High School sent five wrestlers to Pueblo Centennial’s Bulldog Invitational on Saturday, and all five placed fourth or higher.

Tyler Woodworth scored a title at 160 pounds to lead the Demons. Woodworth pinned Mead’s Deakan DiSanti in 1:01, and Fowler’s Robert Roe in 2:00 to reach the finals.

In the championship, Woodworth squared off with Aiden Halloran of Crowley County. The match was close, but Woodworth finished on top 3-0 to win the tournament. Woodworth is now 27-4 overall.

Ben Belt and James Storm also reached the finals for DHS, but ended up in second.

At 170, Belt pinned Falcon’s Drew Fuschino and Crowley County’s Skeater Baker to advance to the finals against Pueblo West’s Matthew Holdredge. Holdredge, however, took the title with a 3-1 decision.

Storm pinned Sheridan’s Donavin Ruiz in the 182-pound quarterfinals, then scored a 13-7 victory over Joshua Downs of Liberty. In the finals, Storm took on Pueblo West’s Samuel Clark but was pinned in the second period.

Riley Belt and Ryan Dugan both reached the consolation finals after losing in the semifinals.

Riley Belt beat John Holland of Swink 9-4 to start the tournament at 132, but lost 9-3 to Mesa Ridge’s Jonathan Taylor in the semis. Riley, however, came back and scored a 15-0 technical fall over Manny Morales of Center. In the third-place match, Riley took on Holland again and pinned him at 3:52 to place third.

Competing at 106, Dugan pinned Destin Soares of Mead in 0:53 to start the tournament. In the semis, Dugan lost a high-scoring bout 13-9 to Fowler’s Traven Sharon.

Dugan came back and pinned Pueblo West’s Braden Medina to reach the consolation finals. Miguel Franco of Dolores Huerta Preparatory, however, beat Dugan 10-2 in the third-place match.

Mesa Ridge scored 166.5 team points to win the tournament. Mead (135) finished second, followed by Pueblo Centennial (116), Dolores Huerta (114), Pueblo West (105.5) and Durango (101.5) in sixth out of 24 teams.

Three Wolverines place in Florence
Bayfield High School’s wrestling team also was in action over the weekend, competing against most of the state’s top 3A teams at Florence High School’s Mel Smith Invitational.

Before the event, BHS head coach Todd McMenimen said wrestlers who reached the podium in Florence would have a good chance at reaching the podium at the state championships in Denver. Three Bayfield wrestlers managed to place in the 30-team event Saturday.

Deegan Barnes (152 pounds), Kobe Prior (170) and Jordan Cundiff (285) all finished in sixth place for the Wolverines.

Barnes pinned Noah Aquirre of Fort Morgan the first round, then beat Berthoud’s Evan Torres 8-4 in the second round. In the quarterfinals, Barnes lost a close match 7-5 against Sterling’s Casteus Combs. Barnes, however, responded by winning his next two matches to place. Barnes pinned Monte Vista’s Khegan Gunter, then beat Bennett’s Isaak Copeland 6-5. Barnes got pinned in the consolation semis by University’s Paxton Daggett. In the fifth-place match, he came up just short, losing an 11-9 decision against Florence’s Jacob Kennedy.

Prior won his first match 8-2 against Gage Olson of James Irwin. In the quarters, Prior lost 3-1 to Centauri’s Erik Mestes but came back and pinned Nehemiah Whaley of Valley and Brody White of Platte Valley to place. In the consolation semis, Salida’s Drew Johnson pinned Prior in the third period, setting up a rematch with Olson in the fifth-place match. Olson, however, won the second time around, pinning Prior in 3:23.

Cundiff started strong with pins against Treyton Sandoval of Delta and Abrahm Durbin of Buena Vista to reach the semifinals. Cundiff lost his next two matches to reach the fifth-place match against Andrew Martinez of Lakewood. The match went into overtime, but Martinez prevailed 2-1.

Keaton Pickering went 2-2 at 113 with a pair of technical fall victories, but finished one win short of the podium.

James Mars was also one win away from reaching the podium, going 3-2 at 132. Mars pinned two of his opponents and beat one by technical fall.

At 160, Donovan Candelaria scored a 7-0 win, but lost his other two matches by fall.

Hunter Mars (106), Logan Valencia (120) and Avery Mitzlaff (126) went 0-2 for the Wolverines.

Centauri won the tournament with 171 points. Alamosa finished second with 140.5, followed by Eaton (135.5), Mullen (130.5), Buena Vista (129), Platte Valley (123), Valley (103), Cañon City (96.5), Brush (91) and Florence (84) in 10th. Bayfield scored 59.5 points to finish 18th.

Girls wrestlers place in Grand Junction
The Durango, Ignacio and Bayfield High School girls wrestling teams all competed at the MLK girls wrestling tournament at Grand Junction Central High School and wrestlers from each team reached the podium.

Faye Hackett of Ignacio led the local contingent, winning the 127-pound weight class.

Hackett pinned Katlind Hunt of Fort Lupton and Addi Cronk of Severance to reach the championship against Central’s Apollonia Middleton. Hackett, however, pinned Middleton in 1:14 to win the title.

At 111 pounds, Durango’s Carly Piccoli and Brooke Fenberg both reached the third-place match where they had to face each other. Piccoli pinned three opponents while Fenberg pinned two after receiving a first-round bye to reach the consolation finals.

In the third-place match, Fenberg got the win over her teammate, pinning Piccoli in 2:14.

For Bayfield, Brooke Morse (136) and Gracie Patton (185) both finished fifth. Morse used two pins and a 6-2 decision over Ignacio’sLexy Young to reach the fifth-place match where she defeated Sage Lachman of West Grand.

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