It was plain and simple on the first day of the Class 4A Region 3 wrestling tournament.
The Windsor wrestlers that were expected to win did, said coach Monte Trusty.
There wasn’t much else to say.
The Wizards had eight wrestlers win their quarterfinal matches Friday at Greeley Central High School. The semifinals are at 11 this morning and the championship matches will start after the Parade of Champions at 5:30 tonight.
Windsor sits in second place with 83 points, behind Thompson Valley, which leads with 113.5. Greeley Central is seventh with 45, Weld Central is eighth with 40 and Northridge and Roosevelt are tied for 10th with 29.
Windsor had a wrestler in every quarterfinal except 195 pounds, 220 and 285. The only team with more was Thompson Valley with 13 wrestlers in those matches.
“The second round there was some OK performances and I just don’t have a lot to (say),” Trusty said. “We’ll just see how it goes (today). … I want the good guys and the good guys to match up and see what’s up.”
Three Wizard wrestlers failed to win their quarterfinal, but they have a chance today to score more points for their team.
“The way we see it is now they can just score more points on the backside,” said 152-pounder Kennen Lanteri, who made it to the semis. “It’s not necessarily about coming out and winning this as much as it is (about) making it to state. They can score points on the backside so while it’s a bad thing, it’s also a positive for the team.”
Points didn’t come easily Friday as several Windsor wrestlers had byes in the first round.
“Without these byes, we’re gonna go straight in rolling and we’re gonna keep it rolling,” said 170-pound semifinalist Joe Keller.
The Wizards scored quickly in the quarterfinals, winning their first five matches.
Two semifinalists for Windsor are sophomores Sam Zdenek (29-11) and Matteo Ambriz (38-5). Zdenek defeated Denver North’s Isaiah Martinez (8-8) with a 5-2 decision and Ambriz pinned Roosevelt’s Logan Newcomb (23-17) in 2 minutes, 50 seconds.
“A lot of the sophomores are actually performing better than I expected,” Keller said. “When they step up now, they’ll be able to step up even further when they get to state.”
The veterans took care of business, just as expected. After a bye, Keller (38-5), a junior, won his quarterfinal by pinning Greeley Central’s Adam Rojas in 3:43. Senior Lanteri (41-3) pinned Roosevelt’s Jacob Schlagel (5-18) in 25 seconds in the first round and pinned Weld Central’s Nathan Busch (12-8) in 2:50 in the quarters.
“I think we started out a little rough, maybe just ‘cause of nerves for some of the younger guys,” Lanteri said, “but I definitely think we’re starting to warm up and everyone’s starting to do their jobs.”
A lot of matches remain today, so it’s up in the air whether Windsor can dethrone Thompson Valley for the region title. But, the Wizards are going to try.
“As our coach said, we’re going bird huntin’,” Keller said.
Team Scores — Thompson Valley 113.5, Windsor 83, Mountain View 59, Fort Morgan 57.5, Longmont 54, Berthoud 51.5, Greeley Central 45, Weld Central 40, Silver Creek 37.5, Northridge 29, Roosevelt 29, Skyline 14, Frederick 9, Denver South 7, Denver North 6.5, Englewood 4, Skyview 3.
106 pounds — Morgan Fogg (15-4), TV, vs. Sawyer Novara (27-13), SC; Sam Zdenek (29-11), Wind., vs. Alonzo Samaniego (26-9), GC; 113 — Vladyslav Kazakov (31-8), TV, vs. Matt Bailey (30-12), B; Brandon Rivas (35-6), GC, vs. Josh Villa (38-6), Wind.; 120 — Tylar Francis (20-10), R, vs. Juan Lopez (26-11), N; Sage D’Ambrosia (31-10), TV, vs. Jonathan Lewis (35-2), Wind.; 126 — Dalton Robertson (36-4), WC, vs. Austin Anaya (30-15), MV; Matteo Ambriz (38-5), Wind., vs. Collin Williams (19-4), TV; 132 — Matt Berg (18-3), TV, vs. Cody Carpenter (24-12), FM; Lyle Cooksey (27-9), WC, vs. Jacob Meismer (34-8), Wind.; 138 — W.D. Arnold (26-5), WC, vs. Dustin Hayden (32-12), R; Ben Hewson (37-10), TV, vs. Jimmy Fate (44-2), B; 145 — Parker Simington (39-3), TV, vs. Lane Olsen (32-11), L; Jacob Fritzler (19-11), FM, vs. Matt Combs (40-5), MV; 152 — Kennen Lanteri (41-3), Wind., vs. Preston Pickert (37-9), B; Mike Berg (19-3), TV, vs. Ivan Wolf (38-4), L; 160 — Chad Ellis (37-5), B, vs. Jake Schwarz (31-10), TV; Christoper Shriver (31-9), FM, vs. Drake Greeott (33-10), L; 170 — Lucas Chieppo (29-12), TV, vs. Kaleb Bell (27-7), FM; Jonathan Hernandez (23-14), MV, vs. Joe Keller (38-5), Wind.; 182 — David Eusea (36-7), TV, vs. Thomas Nichols (31-11), L; Quinton Barber (22-11), MV, vs. Brandon Brauser (33-7), Wind.; 195 — Jaime Ramos Vega (36-4), L, vs. Eddie Rojas (22-19), GC; Steven Feltenberger (28-10), Skyline, vs. Dillon Dreher (31-9), N; 220 — Toby McBride (35-4), FM, vs. Mason Barber (20-17), MV; Nate Ryken (14-3), B, vs. Mitch Webster (22-4), SC; 285 — Jorge Guerra-Munoz (35-8), GC, vs. Bryson Whistance (20-15), WC; Jesus Ibarra (20-11), FM, vs. Andy Nott (13-4), SC.