Durango puts a pair into the second round

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Durango puts a pair into the second round

Gustavson and Tarpley win Round 1; Lavengood defeated at state

The Durango High School wrestling trio that made the trip to the CHSAA Class 4A Wrestling State Championships is off to a solid start after Day 1 on Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.



Daniel Gustavson and Nick Tarpley picked up victories in their opening matches, while Matthew Lavengood fell to state contender Rylen Thalhammer of Palmer Ridge in his opening match.

Gustavson wasted very little time moving on to the next round. He pinned Jorge Cortez of Mead in 1 minute, 55 seconds to advance in the 220-pound bracket.

The DHS junior will face Evan Lancelot of Pueblo Central today with a berth in the state semifinals on the line.

Tarpley, meanwhile, had to grind it out a bit more than his teammate before eventually prevailing 3-2 over Broomfield junior Jarod Albo.

Up next for Tarpley, who’s lost just four times all year against 39 victories, is Windsor junior Kennen Lanteri, who enters this battle of state title contenders at 44-7 overall.

Lavengood, meanwhile, ran into a capable opponent in Thalhammer, who moved his record to 38-6 this season by pinning the DHS junior in 3 minutes, 58 seconds.

Lavengood, now 29-12, will open Day 2 against Brandon Rivas of Greeley Central, who fell 9-4 in his opening bout and is 33-14 this season. Lavengood will try to wrestle his way back for a third-place finish, starting with Rivas. Another loss in any of his next three matches would end his state tournament.

Windsor leads the 4A tournament after Day 1 with 34 points; Durango’s three wrestlers scored six points.



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Class 4A

CHSAA Wrestling State Championships



DENVER – First-round results Thursday from the three-day state tournament at the Pepsi Center.



Team Scores: Windsor 34; Discovery Canyon 25; Thompson Valley 24; Broomfield 17; Roosevelt 16; Pueblo Central 15; Pueblo Centennial 14; Berthoud 10; Mesa Ridge 10; Montezuma-Cortez 10; Air Academy 8; Eagle Valley 8; Erie 8; Golden 8; Montrose 8; Niwot 8; Falcon 7.5; Palmer Ridge 7.5; Durango 6; Elizabeth 6; Mead 6; Valor Christian 6; Ft. Morgan 5.5; Arvada 4; Canon City 4; Cheyenne Mountain 4; Greeley Central 4; Longmont 4; Pueblo County 4; Weld Central 4; Palisade 3.5; Vista Ridge 3.5; Mullen 3; Northridge 3; Pueblo East 3; Sand Creek 3; Conifer 2; Evergreen 2; Frederick 2; Lewis-Palmer 2; Pueblo West 2; Rifle 2; Summit 2; Thomas Jefferson 2; Woodland Park 2.



113 pounds: Rylen Thalhammer, Palmer Ridge, pinned Matthew Lavengood, Durango, 3:58.

152 pounds: Nick Tarpley, Durango, dec. Jarod Albo, Broomfield, 3-2.

220 pounds: Daniel Gustavson, Durango, pinned Jorge Cortez, Mead, 1:55.



Associated Press

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