DENVER - Two more.
Ignacio High Schools wrestlers moved within two matches of two state titles Friday at the CHSAA Class 2A State Wrestling Championships.
Alex Peña (119 pounds) and teammate Casey Haga (145 pounds) both advanced to the state finals in their respective weight classes.
Peña, a two-time defending state champion, won his quarterfinal and semifinal matches to reach his third consecutive state title bout. Haga also won two more matches Friday to power into todays state championship bout.
Its about focus this weekend, Haga said after he piled up a big 18-9 victory over Trenton Rico of Burlington in the state semifinals.
It was hard work and determination, Haga said of his twin wins.
Ive been focused the whole (tournament), said the Ignacio senior, who is sporting a fresh new haircut under his trademark hoodie.
Haga (43-2) reached the semis by pinning Dave McCombs of Wiggins in the second period of the quarters Friday morning. Hell wrestle top seed Layne Crumley (37-1) of Akron in todays 145-pound state title match in Class 2A.
Peña, who decisioned Drew Greer of Denver Lutheran 5-2 in the semifinals, said focus was critical in his victory as well.
Coach told me he wrestles a lot like I do, Peña said of Greer, a junior.
Youve just got to believe in your moves, and then use them, said Peña, who will take a 33-2 record and a 99-5 career mark into todays final.
The Ignacio junior will take on Clay Seeman of Baca County for the Class 2A 119-pound state title today.
Seeman defeated Ramon Tarin of Wray in the other semifinal.
You still take it one match at a time, Peña said. You have to be focused ... keep your mind straight. And you cant let your emotions take over.
He opened Friday mornings matches with a tense 6-5 decision over Adam Baca of Rocky Ford in the quarterfinals. Peña overcame a troublesome knee injury to beat the highly regarded Baca, a virtual clone of Peña.
At times, Peña looked like he was wrestling himself in the mirror when he and Baca rolled and rolled and battled on the mat.
But Peña prevailed to advance.
I talked to Alex before the (semifinals), Ignacio head coach Bob Overturf said. I told him hes got to be more aggressive.
Overturf told Peña that he didnt win the last two state championships by being conservative.
And he wrestled much more aggressively, Overturf said.
Ignacios two other state qualifiers lost their quarterfinals Friday morning. But Teagan Overturf and Colton Wyatt both bounced back to win consolation matches Friday night.
Teagan Overturf (160) was pinned in the first period of the quarterfinals by Chase Hill of West Grand (Kremmling).
Wyatt (189) lost a high-scoring 16-11 decision to Caleb Christensen of Akron.
However, both Ignacio wrestlers rebounded with emphatic pins.
Overturf, leading 2-0, pinned Joey Gallegos of Antonito 35 seconds into the second period.
Wyatt, likewise, pinned his consolation-round opponent, Alex Torres of Sierra Grande, midway through the third period.
Both of those guys came back and battled, coach Overturf said.
Teagan ... in his match (Friday morning) just got caught. It happens. Colton, too. But Coltons a battler. They both know they have to push through. They know its important. They went out there and made Ignacio proud.
Were here for each other, Teagan Overturf (25-8) said after watching Wyatt score his pin.
I just had to get back (to basics), the IHS junior and coachs son said of his rebound victory.
Overturf and Wyatt will continue in the Class 2A consolation brackets today.
You just have to focus on the next match, Wyatt said. Whats done is done.