DENVER - Aaron Velasquez and Brenden Harrison of Bayfield are moving on.
Velasquez and Harrison won their opening-round matches at the Class 3A State Wrestling Championships on Thursday
afternoon at the Pepsi Center.
Velasquez decisioned sophomore Jaden Oleamick of Eaton 12-6 in a 152-pound match.
A sophomore at Bayfield High School who was fourth at state last year, Velasquez nearly finished the match with a
first-period pin after building an early 8-0 lead.
Harrison, a BHS senior, came from behind to win a high-scoring 14-11 decision over Keenan Wahlert of La Junta, a
junior, at 160 pounds.
I thought Brenden Harrison had our best match of the day," Bayfield head coach Herb Stinson said. He wrestled at a
high pace for the entire match."
Harrison (13-10) will face Zack Stansberry of Olathe in the Class 3A quarterfinals today at the Pepsi Center.
Stansberry (22-10) won his first-round match with an 11-7 decision over Ryan Valdez of Lyons.
Aaron (Velasquez) was solid (Thursday)," Stinson said. He was very solid."
Velasquez (28-4) will take on John Sandoval III of Holy Family in today's quarterfinals. Sandoval (33-3) pinned Zack
Roper of Gunnison in the
second period Thursday.
For the rest of us, it's kind of the same old story," Stinson said. Big venue, big crowd, and we came out a little
Bayfield's four other state qualifiers lost in Thursday's opening round. All will compete in the consolation bracket
starting this morning.
No excuses for Taylor (Swanemyr)," Stinson said. He should have wrestled better; he knows that. But I'm sure he'll
come back strong (in the consolation bracket)."
Swanemyr (145 pounds) lost a tense 12-6 decision to Edgar Castro of Weld Central, a senior and four-time state
tournament qualifier. Two years ago, Castro was a state runner-up. He improved to 33-9 win the win over Swanemyr
Bayfield's Sonny Salazar (103 pounds) lost his opening match 18-2 to Brandon Strang of Middle Park.
Salazar, a sophomore, will enter the consolation bracket with his 23-13 record.
Bayfield freshman Joe Zink also lost in the opening round at 125 pounds. He was pinned by Patrick Gore of Valley (20-4)
midway through the first period.
Alex Araujo, a BHS senior who qualified for state at 189 pounds, lost by pin in Thursday's opening round. Shay Hansen
of Brush finished Araujo early in the second period, but the senior will return to the mats today for consolation
We're still OK," Stinson said. We came over here to place some kids, and we're still in position to do that."
Lamar led the team standings in Class 3A after the opening day of action with 28 points. Valley High School was second
with 23 points, one more than third-place Centauri of the Intermountain League. Olathe is fourth (20) and Florence