5A wrestling: Arapahoe gets nod in cross-town rivalry against Heritage

Posted 2/2/12

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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5A wrestling: Arapahoe gets nod in cross-town rivalry against Heritage

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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 almost did.

“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 decision.

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 that event.

“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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