Injury and illness is always an adversary for any high school wrestling team in the succeeding weeks after holiday break. Heritage was no exception …
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Injury and illness is always an adversary for any high school
wrestling team in the succeeding weeks after holiday break.
Heritage was no exception leading up to its traditional
non-conference dual meet against cross-town rival Arapahoe. The two
teams squared off Jan. 27 at Heritage High School in Littleton, and
the Warriors notched the “W” with a 35-28 final.
The previous Wednesday, Heritage played host to No. 5 state
ranked and defending Continental League champion Ponderosa. The
Mustangs walked away the victors with a 48-21 final.
“We wrestled well against a team that is No. 5 in the state,”
Eagles coach Ray Barron said of their performance against
Ponderosa. “Because of injury and sickness, we didn’t have a full
team and had to forfeit three weights.”
Against Arapahoe, Heritage won seven matches.
“Both teams wrestled well,” Barron said. “We just let it get
away from us early and had to play catch up at the end, which we
“The fans from both teams were great, and it was good for
wrestling in Littleton.”
Picking up wins for Arapahoe in the cross-town throwdown were
120-pounder Nick Duquette with a technical fall, Joseph Laratta by
decision, Joe Hamilton at 160 by technical fall, 170-pound Jaylen
Mosqueira by pinfall in the third period, Kyle Crowley at 182 by
pinfall after 1 minute, 7 seconds, 195-pounder Jacob Moorehead by
pinfall in the third and Andrew Jurim at 220 with a major
Heritage’s grapplers to pick up a win included 106-pound Nick
Mamigonian by decision, Kris Thomsen at 113 by pinfall in the
second period, 126-pounder Chase Hanneman with a major decision,
138-pound Josh Bohney by decision, Eric Moss at 145 with a
decision, Estevon Sandoval at 152 by pinfall in the third period
and heavyweight Kyle Serrano by decision.
The Eagles followed up with a fifth-place finish at the Thomas
Jefferson Tournment Jan. 28 in Denver. 22 teams were in tow for
“Again due to injury and illness we only wrestled 12 wrestlers
of which six placed,” Barron said. “The competition was very good,
so it was another better day for us.”
Among the Eagles’ placers were Mamigonian, Bohney and Sandoval
in fifth place, while 220-pounder Austin Atwell was sixth and
Serrano was fourth in their respective classes. 132-pounder Drake
Solomon took the silver medal in his bracket, and Thomsen took the
bronze at 113.
Heritage closed out its last week of the regular season with a
Continental dual against Mountain Vista for the Eagles’ senior
night. The Eagles head to Pine Creek in Colorado Springs for
regionals Feb. 10 and 11.
Arapahoe wraps its Centennial League schedule against Smoky Hill
before hitting regionals.
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