Nava, Garcia take 1st at Northglenn Invite

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Jonathan Maness
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NORTHGLENN - Northglenn’s super sophomores once again were the highlights for the Norse on Saturday.

Rocky Nava and Maurisio Garcia each took first place at the Norse Invitational to guide Northglenn to a sixth place finish.

Pueblo Central won the tournament with 163 points, while Eagle Valley was second with 145.5 and Arapahoe finished third with 135. Thornton placed 16th.

Nava took first at 106 pounds after beating Greeley Central’s Alonzo Samaniego 2-0 in the title match, while Garcia beat Gateway’s Sergio Marquez in the 113-pound title match 6-3.

“This is real big for us. It’s our traditional tournament,” Nava said. “We are happy we got this. You always want to win your own tournament.”

Also placing for the Norse was Michael Garcia (fifth) at 126 pounds and Reggie Buckalew (sixth) at 145.

“Our team is really improving,” Navas said. “We are getting better each week.”

Nava pinned each of his first three opponents to advance to the finals, while Maurisio Garcia started the tournament with a bye and then pinned his two opponents to proceed to the finals. It was the second time Garcia has won the title at Northglenn and Nava’s first.

“This definitely gives us confidence,” Maurisio Garcia said. “When I won this last year I had a lot of drive and just kept going until state.”

Michael Garcia topped Greeley Central’s Andrian Bejar 8-4 to finish fifth, while Buckalew lost 4-3 to Greeley Central’s Paul Robeson in the fifth-place match.

Thornton had three wrestlers place at the tournament, led by Dezmond Romero (106), who pinned Regis’s Jack Hardin to finish third.

Allen LeBaron (220) finished fourth for the Trojans, after falling 5-0 to Arapahoe’s Issac Prudhomme. Josh Cordovz (170) lost to Castle View’s Zach Dennis in the fifth-place match to place sixth.

Pueblo Central had four wrestlers take first at the tournament; Brandon Aragon (120), Sonny Espinoza (132), Tony Molinaro (182) and Kenny Hardwick (285).

Also taking first was Gateway’s Joshua Butler (138) and Abdelaziz BenQadi (152), Jefferson’s Aaron Cisneros (126), Grand Junction’s Jacob Trujillo (145), Erie’s Ladd Bunker (160), Heritage’s Jordan Todd (170) and Eagle Valley’s Andy Armstrong (215).

Northglenn will host Thornton in a home dual on Thursday and then on Saturday it will be the annual Trojans Invite.