Alamosa grapplers win Thornton Invite

Jonathan Maness
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THORNTON - Alamosa won three individual titles to take home first place at the Thornton wrestling invitational on Saturday.

The Mean Moose scored 162.5 points edging Mountain View which was a close second.

Ralston Valley was eighth with 116.5 points, followed by Westminster with 105.5. Thornton was 11th with 113 points and Standley Lake was 14th. Skyview came in 16th with 11 points.

Neff Malouff (120), Gunnar Robinson (182) and Nick Jones (195) all took home individual titles for Alamosa.

Steve Ullman led the way for Ralston Valley by winning the title at 170 pounds, edging Westminster’s Gabe Grimaldo.

“I’m speechless right now,” Ullman said. “It was a great match; he’s a really good wrestler.”

Ullman went into the match ranked No. 7 in the state, one spot behind Grimaldo. Grimaldo looked to dominate early, but Ullman used some late momentum to beat Westminster’s top wrestler. Grimaldo pinned his other two opponents at the tournament.

“I just kept pushing and pushing and didn’t let up,” the Ralston Valley senior said. “I had my mind set that I was going to win.”

Ullman has slowly risen through the rankings and has seen some tough competition in tournaments in Nebraska and California.

“(Steve) has come a long way,” Ralston Valley’s coach Bruce Pearson said. “We went to a couple of tournaments out of state and he has wrestled some pretty tough kids. We knew that guy was going to be tough; he was a returning state placer.”

Mountain View had two winners, Austin Dunbar took first at 132 pounds after topping Grandview’s Jaime Cardenas and Jeremiah Clymer (152) beat Rangeview’s Brandon Read.

Dolores Huerta had two individual titles, Calvin Taladay (126) and Jared Mestas (138). Weld Centennial also had two wrestlers take first, Dalton Robertson (106) and Evan Paxton (220).

Rangeview’s Jonathan Askew (145) and Mitchell’s Chip McElfish (113) also were first at the tournament. Sand Creek’s Tuli Laulu won the title at 285 pounds.

Standley Lake’s Ryan Wosk advanced to the title match at 160 pounds, but couldn’t get past Grandview’s Jordan Brown.

“He was pretty good,” Wosk said. “The competition was really solid out there; everybody you faced was of equal level and had similar abilities.”

Sage Bergel (126) was also sixth for the Gators.

Ralston Valley also had Issac Arellano (113) take second, while Cian Apple (106) and Dylan Wood (126) both finished third.

Westminster had four wrestlers place, Santos Valtierra (120) was second, Matt Bryan (145) was third, Joe Bryan (126) placed fourth and Sebastian Garcia (182) finished sixth. Thornton also had wrestlers place; Josh Cordova (170) and Levi LeBaron (220) were fourth, while Desmond Romero and Javier Stubbs-Hernandez (132) placed fifth.

Skyview’s Joseph Archuleta was sixth at 113 pounds.

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