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February 21, 2014
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Windsor is Weld’s bright spot in 4A at day one of state tourney

There wasn’t much success for Class 4A Weld County teams Thursday.

Windsor, however, was a major exception.

The Wizards went 7-1 in the first round of the 4A Wrestling Championships and are tied for second place after Day 1 with 22 points. They share second with Pueblo South, and Thompson Valley sits in first with 25. Pueblo County trails Windsor and Pueblo South by 1/2 point.

“If all our wrestlers compete the way we expect them, we should be set up for the next two days,” said sophomore 126-pounder Matteo Ambriz.

The Wizards appeared to perform exactly the way they wanted to with their only loss coming at 106 when sophomore Sam Zdenek (30-12) fell to Montrose’s Terrell Banuelos 7-3.

Outside of that match, Windsor rolled over its opponents and got big wins. Ambriz (41-6) claimed a major decision, 8-0, against Cheyenne Mountain’s Mitch White (19-12).

“We have a pretty tough schedule and (there are) some competitors we haven’t seen,” Ambriz said, “but the schedule we’ve had has been to their level, so when we come here it’s not too much different.”

Junior 113-pounder Josh Villa (41-6), a No. 2 seed, tacked on a 14-3 major decision to his repertoire against Valor Christian’s Coby Welch (31-13). Senior 120-pounder Jonathan Lewis (38-2), a No. 1 seed, pinned Woodland Park’s Tom Hancock (21-17) in 2 minutes, 53 seconds and senior 152-pounder Kennen Lanteri (44-3), seeded first, also received a pin against Delta’s Derek Horn (31-14) in 2:34.

Senior 182-pounder Brandon Brauser (36-7), seeded second, was Windsor’s last wrestler in the first round and he escaped with a 10-7 win against Falcon’s Anthony Lagorio (26-14).

Brauser said he thinks Windsor’s start Thursday was “all right.”

“I feel like we could’ve done a little better,” he said. “I think I should’ve done a lot better. … I just think we’ll pick it up (today) and wrestle good and I think we’ll do fine.”

Brauser added that the competition has been tough, but Windsor came pretty prepared, and Ambriz agreed.

“Of course, the competition’s gonna get harder, and at Windsor … our coaches are happy as long as we fight with every bit of energy we have,” Ambriz said.


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