DENVER — The Wizards tried to work their magic Friday, but there wasn’t enough to go around.
The Windsor wrestling team had two wrestlers come out victorious in Class 4A Wrestling Championship semifinals, which started with an exciting win.
Junior 113-pounder Josh Villa (43-6) and senior 152-pounder Kennen Lanteri (46-3) are headed to the finals today, which begin after the Parade of Champions at 6:30 p.m.
After Day 2, Windsor sits in fourth place with 75 points as Broomfield has taken a dominant lead and holds the top spot with 112.5.
Villa started the semifinals for Windsor with a nail-biting last-second victory.
He started the match down 2-0 as Mead’s Procopio Valdez (40-3) scored a takedown in the first period. In the second, Villa chose to start in the neutral position and about one minute in, he tied the score with a takedown. Valdez escaped before the period was up to lead 3-2.
In the third, Valdez chose the down position, but Villa conceded an escape to trail by two. The wrestlers battled on their feet throughout the third until Villa attacked with 33 seconds left and tied it at 4.
With time ticking down, Villa worked hard on turning Valdez, finally putting him on his back and as time expired, Villa was awarded two points for a near fall and a 6-4 victory.
Pueblo County’s Matthew Lavengood (31-8) upset senior 120-pounder Jonathan Lewis (39-3) 8-3.
The Wizards’ last shot at a state finalist came at 152 pounds with Lanteri.
Lanteri gained a comfortable lead early and by the end of the second, he was up 4-2 against Thompson Valley’s Mike Berg (23-6). In the third, Lanteri escaped from the down position quickly, and with 46 seconds left, he took down Berg to go up 7-2.
About 20 seconds later, Lanteri turned Berg on his back and scored a near fall to seal the match 10-2.
“He’s definitely a strong kid, but a little bit more experience probably helped me out,” Lanteri said, who wrestled Berg for the first time. “(It was) more than just the strength.”
Lanteri said the Wizards would have liked to do better Friday, but they’re still happy to have two finalists.
“I think we expected a lot more, but given the circumstances, I think we’re both pretty happy with where we stand,” Lanteri said. “And I think everyone else is pretty happy, too. There’s definitely some disappointment, but for the most part, everyone performed pretty well.”
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In 5A, Greeley West (15th, 30 points) finished the day with one man left standing.
Senior 132-pounder Adrian Delacruz (40-5) came up against Ponderosa’s Devin House (21-7), against whom he was 1-1 this season.
Delacruz quickly noticed both wrestlers were strong on their feet.
“I was just watching how he was wrestling ,and I picked up on what to do because last time he beat me,” Delacruz said. “So I had to get back at him.”
In the second, Delacruz chose the down position after House deferred, and with 1 minute, 38 seconds left, Delacruz escaped to score the first point. About 30 seconds later, Delacruz took House down to go up 3-0. House escaped with 53 seconds left in the second.
House chose the down position in the third and escaped 15 seconds later to cut Delacruz’ lead to 3-2. Delacruz then took advantage of being on his feet and scored one last takedown to win the semifinal 5-2.
“It was a big win for me,” Delacruz said. “ … I just went all out. It’s (my) senior year, and I wanted to make it to the finals at least. I just put all my strength into it.”
Delacruz’s teammate, junior 126-pounder Dylan West (32-6), had lost a tough match on the same mat Delacruz wrestled on.
Late in the first period, Coronado’s Jess Hankin (44-4) took down West but he escaped a few seconds later to end the period down 2-1. In the second, Hankin started down after West deferred and he escaped quickly. Hankin then put West on the mat with 1:25 left in the period to go up 5-1. West escaped for about 50 seconds, but Hankin took him down again to lead 7-2.
In the third, West scrambled to get back into the match and managed an escape and a takedown to cut the lead to 7-5. However, he couldn’t turn Hankin and lost.
Delacruz said he was eager to get on the mat after West couldn’t come away with the win.
“Me and Dylan are partners,” he said. “We’re pretty much the only ones carrying this team, so I just tried to win that match.”
Delacruz added he’s pretty satisfied with his performances at state because in the quarterfinals, he also defeated a wrestler who had beat him earlier this year.
“That’s all me and Dylan worked on was beating tough kids at state on our way out,” he said.