Boys 5A wrestling: Cherokee Trail’s Glenn Jr. looking for redemption and program history

DENVER — Cherokee Trail’s Derek Glenn Jr. is looking for a little redemption at the 2022 state wrestling tournament, and in the process is looking to do a little program history.

The eldest qualified for the 5A 120-pound final on Friday night inside the Ball Arena, the third final of his career. Glenn Jr. won one of Cherokee Trail’s first two individual titles at the 2020 tournament as a sophomore. Then, in last year’s tournament, he finished runner-up to three-time champion Kenny Sailas of Brighton. Now Saturday in the Finals, he has a shot at becoming the Cougars’ first double.

“It’s pretty awesome,” exclaimed Glenn Jr. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do that so it’s special. I was lucky enough to be the first in the program, so why not be the first two-stroke.

Glenn Jr., who holds a 46-4 season record, didn’t see his chance for an easy third title. After a first-period pin in his opener, he narrowly beat Tony Garcia Lopez of Poudre in the quarter-finals by a 4-3 decision, with a second-period strikeout the difference. Then in the semis, he picked up a solid victory over Brayden Legge of Monarch by a 9-4 decision to earn his ticket to the final against Jacob Myers of Ponderosa.

“He’s been so amazing, he’s been so committed,” head coach Jeff Buck said. “Last season he lost a tough fight against Sailas in the final seconds and since then he’s been hungry. He’s done the job you need to do in the offseason. He’s on a mission, and I know he’ll be ready to leave tomorrow evening and that he will reveal everything.

Prairie View’s Vigil is also looking to make program history

Not to be outdone, Ane`e Vigil of Prairie View is also looking to become the first voice actor in her program. The junior won the 106-pound championship last season and reached the final in the 113-pound bracket this season. Vigil is 37-4 this season and will face Lincoln Gregersen of Ralston Valley.

Gregerson tries to become Ralston Valley’s first

On Vigil’s path, Ralston Valley sophomore Lincoln Gregerson will seek to become the first-ever Ralston Valley Boys’ Individual Wrestling Champion. Gregerson is 44-7 this season.

Clocks with four timers can start on Saturday

Three freshmen made the 5A final, and with wins would start a potential four-stroke clock. At 106 pounds, they are Declan Strait of Chaparral, Billy Greenwood of 126 Poudre and Tyler Eise of 145 Ponderosa. Billy is the younger brother of Colorado quadruple Jacob Greenwood.

All in the family for Adams City

Adams City’s Levi Deaguero, from one of Colorado’s wrestling dynasties, stands in Eise’s way. The Deaguero family has combined to win 10 all-time Colorado State wrestling titles, with Gary (1), TJ (2), Jared (2), Joey (3) and Scott Hewitt (2) all winning at least one.

Cardenas, two other Panthers, in search of several titles

Daniel Cardenas has the potential to add tomorrow to Colorado wrestling history as a potential four-time champion. The Panther are a perfect 40-0 this season and have three pins en route to another final. Jacob Romero and Elijah Olguin, who would both become doubles, would join him on his team as potential repeat champions.

Ponderosa leads tag team title hunt

In what might surprise some inside Ball Arena, Ponderosa had a consistent lead in the tag team race with 199 points. Three-time defending champion Pomona is second at 161.5, while Monarch is third at 100.5.

Defending champions still in the game

Potential four-time champions
Daniel Cardenas, Sr., Pomona, 5A 152
Brady Hankin, Sr., Woodland Park, 3A 138

Potential three-time champions
Kobi Johnson, Sr., Loveland, 4A 120
Roberto Estrada, Sr., Welding Plant, 3A 120
Angelo Lozado, Sr., Jefferson, 3A 126

Potential two-time champions
Ane’e Vigil, Jr., Prairie View, 5A 113
Derek Glenn Jr., Sr., Cherokee Trail, 5A 120
Jakob Romero, Jr., Pomona, 5A 126
Elijah Olguin, Sr., Pomona, 5A 132
Jackzen Raidon, So., Thompson Valley, 4A 113
Dominic Hargrove, Sr., Discovery Canyon, 4A 132
Weston Dalton, Jr., East Pueblo, 4A 145
Ryan Vigil, Sr., Broomfield, 4A 152
Nico Gagliardi, Sr., Cheyenne Mountain, 4A 195
Xavier Freeman, Sr., Pueblo East, 4A 220
Matthew Moore Jr., Mesa Ridge, 4A 285
Dale O’Blia, So., Mullen, 3A 106
D’mitri Garza-Alarcon, So., Fort Lupton, 3A 138
Zach Marrero, Jr., Strasbourg, 3A 145
Ryan Dirksen, Sr., Eaton, 3A 170
Caleb Camp, So., Buena Vista, 2A 113
Lane Hunsberger, Sr., Cedaredge, 2A 126
Brady Collins, Jr., Wray, 2A 132
Lain Yapoujan, Jr., Byers, 2A 138
Zach Tittle, Sr., Highland, 2A 145
Eyan Chavez, father, Centauri, 2A 152
Remington Peterson, sire, rye, 2A 195
Laith Ibrahim, Jr., Wiggins, 2A 285

Ryan H. Bowman