View Peak junior Reagan Perez, top, settles in her way of a pin by Standley Lake’s Ashlyn Corley during their first round 120lbs match at the Girls State Wrestling Tournament on Feb. 16, 2023, at the Ball Arena. Perez is one of nine Aurora wrestlers who advanced to the quarterfinals on Friday. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)
DENVER | More than half of Aurora’s qualifiers for the state women’s wrestling tournament made it through Thursday’s opening round at the Ball Arena, and some did so with ease.
Regis Jesuit junior Alexis Segura (125 pounds), Eaglecrest freshman Diora Moore (170) and senior Blythe Cayko (190) all earned pins 47 seconds or less after the opening whistle of their respective matches to make it to Friday’s quarterfinals , which are scheduled for 08:30
In all, nine of City’s 17 qualifiers have raised their hands after opening round fixtures and all have come in the autumn. All four of Aurora’s programs – Eaglecrest, Overland, Regis Jesuit and Vista PEAK – will be represented in the quarterfinals.
Moore continues the momentum of an outstanding regional performance with the fastest crash in just 21 seconds, while Cayko – who took the first step in the race to a second state championship – needed just 19 seconds more to get hers .
Junior Chasey Karabell (100 lbs) and senior Kaiya Winbush (125 lbs) also won by fall for coach Horacio Vialpando’s Raptors, who finished tied for fifth place.
Vista PEAK had three of her five qualifiers go by fall, with the fastest coming from senior Leilani Caamal, who needed just 1:36 for her win at 155 lbs.
Junior 120-pounder Reagan Perez – who was unable to compete last season due to injury – won her first state game by a pin late in the second period and junior Rachel Allred rallied from a deficit points to earn his victory by crash with just 18 seconds left in the third half for coach Jakob Vargas’ Bison.
One of three qualifiers for coach Nikki Garcia’s Overland squad remains standing as senior return qualifier Vianca Mendoza earns a win by falling to 120 pounds.
Segura’s first state game since 2021 at Pueblo lasted just 47 seconds as he gives Regis Jesuit — coached by his father, Gary — a spot in the quarterfinals.
The eight Aurora wrestlers who dropped their openers return to the mat for the first round of consolations right after the quarterfinals.
Courtney Oakes is the sports editor of Sentinel Colorado. Reach it at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports
2023 STATE GIRLS WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
February 16 at the Ball Arena
Team scores (until 1st round): 1. Discovery Canyon 24 points; 2. Chatfield 21; 3. Major Central Junction 20; 4. Pomona 18; T5. EAGLE CREST 16; T5. Loveland 16; 7. Fontana-Forte Carson 13; T8. PEAK VIEW 12; T8. Fort Lupton 12; T8. Moffat County 12; T8. Powder 12; T12. Bennett 11; T12. Crest View 11; T14. Douglas County 10; T14. Mountain View 10; T16. Arvada 8; T16. Brighton 8; T16. Calhan 8; T16. Canon City 8; T16. Doherty 8; T16. Greeley West 8; T16. mead 8; T16. Mesa Crest 8; T16. Palmer Ridge 8; T25. Northern people 7; T25. Central Pueblo 7; T27. Broomfield 6; T27. Severity 6; T29. EARTH 4; T29. JESUIT REGIS 4; T29. Adams City 4; T29. Alamosa 4; T29. Columbine 4; T29. Crowned 4; T29. East Denver 4; T29. Denver North 4; T29. Fort Morgan 4; T29. Harrison 4; T29. Ignatius 4; T29. The Junta 4; T29. Manitou Springs 4; T29. Olate 4; T29. Platte Valley 4; T29. Rifle 4; T29. Riverdale Crest 4; T29. wide field 4; T29. Woodland Park 4; T48. frog 3; T48. Yuma 3; T50. Arapahoe 2; T50. Denver South 2; T50. Common Liberty 2; T50. Middle Park 2