Legacy junior Joey Joiner won three of four matches as he took runner-up honors in the Class 5A 142 pound weight division at the Feb. 21-23 state wrestling tournament held at the Pepsi Center in …
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Legacy junior Joey Joiner won three of four matches as he took runner-up honors in the Class 5A 142 pound weight division at the Feb. 21-23 state wrestling tournament held at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
“Wrestling is sort of a family tradition. My older brother wrestled and my dad wrestled in college and has always been my coach,” he said. “My brother and I wrestled a lot until he decided to focus on other things.”
Joiner said his dad coached at Thornton High School and he used to “tumble around with those guys” during their practice.
He said he started in youth wrestling as a four-year-old and stayed with it. He said when the sport runs in the family you just join in.
“I like wrestling. It is a great sport,” he said. “But my favorite sport is soccer. It is my goal to continue playing soccer in college. I want to see what the college possibilities are available. That is because I want to what opportunities are offered and decide what is best for my future.”
Joiner came into the state tournament with a 32-12 record. He added three win to his record on his way to the 145-pound state finals which included pinning two of his three opponents.
The Legacy junior faced Antonio Segura of Regis Jesuit in the finals. The event matched two evenly matched wrestlers. Each wrestler tried a variety of moves but just about every instant his opponent blocked the move. When the final buzzer sounded Segura won the match, 2-1.
Joiner’s teammate Aron Baugh also placed as he took sixth place in the 220-pound weight division.
Other area wrestlers who placed included Alec Beltran of Horizon fourth at 113 pounds, Dillion Lucas of Horizon fifth at 160 pounds, Carlos Flores of Northglenn sixth at 220 pounds.
Team championships and individual championships are decided in Class 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A at the Feb. 23 finals.
A reported crowd of more than 10,000 watched the finals. Friends, family members and fellow students cheered for their favorite wrestlers during the matches. On mats, coaches frequently urged their wrestlers to push an advantage or make a specific move.
About 1,400 wrestlers earned spots in the four classifications at the Feb 21-23 state championship tournament.
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