DENVER - One more.
Bayfields Aaron Velasquez moved within one match of a state title at the CHSAA Class 3A State Wrestling Championships on Friday at the Pepsi Center.
Velasquez, Bayfields undefeated No. 1 ranked 152-pound wrestler, scored a tough 6-2 decision over Caleb Copeland of Bennett in the semifinals Friday night.
The victory sends Velasquez (39-0) into todays state championship match in Class 3A against Dakoda Curtis of Alamosa.
I just tried to stay focused, Velasquez said of his tense semifinal victory.
He was strong, but my focus ... was good, he said.
He said the experience of being at the state tournament last year helped him immeasurably in the 2011 state tournament.
It makes a big difference, Velasquez said. My first year ... I was kind of overwhelmed by the size of the crowd.
Velasquez started Fridays matches with a dominating 17-8 quarterfinal decision over David Witt of Grand Valley.
Aaron ... has done what hes done all year, Bayfield head coach Herb Stinson said.
Extra summer matches and extra work all year long helped Velasquez advance to the state finals, Stinson said.
Aaron is a great leader for this team, Stinson said. Hes worked hard, and hes in position now to finish it.
Stinson said the Bayfield coaching staff already is planning for Velasquezs senior season next year.
But first, the junior will go for Bayfields first state title since Jordan Larsen won the 152-pound championship in 2008. Larsen now wrestles for Colorado School of Mines.
Itll be like any other match, Velasquez said of his preparation for todays state championship.
Of the five wrestlers Bayfield brought to the state tournament, only Velasquez won Day 1 on Thursday at the Pepsi Center. Velasquez pinned Dylan Wahlert to reach the quarters.
Hes on a mission, Stinson said of Velasquez. Hes been here before. Hes going for the top in this tournament.
In Class 3A consolation matches Friday, Bayfield split four bouts.
Senior Tanner McGhehey, aggressive from the opening whistle, defeated Quentin Bradshaw of Strasburg 15-0 for a tech fall at 160 pounds.
Teammate Jon Roberts, a sophomore, scored an equally big 16-1 decision over Morgan Dorr of Holy Family at 171 pounds.
I didnt want to go home, Roberts said after his first state victory. Its not over yet.
He handled the bigger Dorr with big points in the second and third periods.
It feels great (to win a match at state) ... especially for a sophomore, Roberts said.
McGhehey said the BHS coaching staff helped the Wolverines on Saturday.
Coach (Stinson) gave us a good speech (Thursday night), so I was ready. I was (upset) after the first match. But my mind was in the game (Friday), the 160-pound McGhehey said.
Bayfields Sonny Salazar (112) and Michael Dupree (140) lost their consolation matches Friday and were eliminated.
Dupree was pinned with 23 seconds left in his match against rugged Andre Rodriques of Valley High School in Gilcrest.
Duprees season ended with a 21-19 record.
Salazar also lost by pin Friday. He fell to Beau Rocha of Brush late in the second period. Salazar, a junior and two-time state qualifier, finished his season 24-15.
Later on Friday night, McGhehey wrestled Zach Roper of Gunnison (32-10) in the second round of consolation matches. Roper (33-10), after building a lead, pinned McGhehey with 38 seconds left in the match. McGhehey finished his senior season 25-9.
Roberts took on Erik Nieschburg of Lamar (15-8) in the second round of consolation action.
The Lamar wrestler pinned Roberts in 18 seconds in their match at 171 pounds.
Roberts finished his sophomore season 28-12.