LAKEWOOD - Three was the number of the day for the Heritage Eagles wrestling team at last Saturday’s Alameda Invitational.
Heritage, coached by the venerable Ray Barron, finished eighth in the standings behind the effort of a trio of third-place winners. Leading the way this weekend for the Eagles was 145-pound Jason Forsythe, Jordan Todd at 170 and Austin Atwell at 220.
“It was a pretty good day and I like this tournament,” said Forsythe, who was awarded third over Ian Sandoval of Montrose due to match count. “I lost to the runner-up (Ace Ellison, Eaglecrest), in my second match, but did well the rest of the way. I just wanted to push hard and coach was behind me. It just came down to what I had left today and I was able to pin my way through the rest of the tournament.”
After his loss, Forsythe pinned Brandon Ramirez of Summit (1:36), Jordan DeFalco of Frederick (2:01) and Matt Fulton of Alameda (4:59).
As for Atwell, his third-place finish was somewhat of a re-run. He had been sent into the consolation rounds after losing to Tevin Jones of Fountain-Ft. Carson, 4-3, in the second round. However, he was able to rebound for a 5-3 victory in overtime to win the bronze medal.
“The key is to stop making mistakes,” Atwell said. “I really like this tournament and third-place was a revenge match for me. I just wanted to come back and give him a good match. It was a win in overtime and felt good.”
Todd won the bronze medal at 170 after defeating Jack Wichlacz of Boulder, 6-3.
“There was a lot of good competition out there,” Barron said. “We’ve got a lot of youth and we only had the three place winners today. I told the guys to think like they were in the region tournament today and it turned out to be a good effort by all of them.”
Montrose, led by 160-pound champion Marcus Velasquez who was voted the Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament, scored 191 points to out distance the other 20 teams. The Indians crowned two champions with 120-pound Jeremiah Banuelos also winners stand. Eaglecrest placed second with 169.5 points followed by Westminster in third, 132.5.