Monster Match Nationals, Rocky Mountain Nationals

The Monster Match Nationals 15 and under wrestling event took place Saturday, Nov. 8 in Denver. This event had a true second-place match. Here is how each weight class played out.Edit 72-pounds Dakota Baker, a 72 pounder from Rawlins, Wyoming, of Rawtown Elite Wrestling Club won first place after defeating La Junta, Colorado native Josiah Valenzuela by fall in just 30 seconds. Valenzuela took second place. Baker won both of his matches by fall. In third place was Nate Lujan, who lost both of his matches, one by fall and the other by a 10-8 decision to Valenzuela. 78-pounds Laken Boese of MATPAC Wrestling-ND took home first place after defeating Dawson Collins of the Colorado Outlaws in a 2-0 decision. Boese won all four of his matches on his way to an undefeated weekend. The only match Collins lost was the first-place match and won the true second-place match after beating Mitchel Slack, who won third place, of Extreme Wrestling Club. 83-pounds Vincent Mannella, of Compound Wrestling Club, won the first-place match over the second-place winner Dayne Morton of Sibley East in a hard-fought 2-0 decision. Mannella leaped into the championship match after he beat all four of his opponents. Morton defeated Beau Ohlson of SOT Academy in the second-place bout. Ohlson won against William Zernich of Team GV to claim third place on Saturday. 88-pounds Adrian Marquez, from Monument, Colorado and of SOT Academy, won his claim to fame in the first-place match after he beat down Mitchell Peterson of the Minnesota Elite in a flashy 8-3 decision. In the true second-place match, Peterson won his final match of the weekend to win the silver. Cameron Metcalf, of Top of the Rock, defeated Tayt Wolding from New Salem, ND in a tight 2-1 decision to take home the third-place title in the 88-pound weight class. 95-pounds Ian Statia, of Team Minion, won the gold medal in this weight class after defeating Minnesota Elite's Jeron Matson. Statia won three of his five matches by fall, won another match by an 11-1 major decision before his 5-2 decision that won him first place. Matson bounced back nicely after losing in the championship by defeating A.J. Serna of Team Grand Valley for second place. Serna won third place by beating down the Almont, North Dakota native Chauncey Dittus in a 4-2 decision. 102-pounds North Dakota state champion Ryan Ripplinger of MATPAC Wrestling-ND won the championship after he beat Spencer Stockman of Rapid City Westside by a 6-1 decision. Three of Ripplinger's five victories came by fall, and one came by an 8-0 major decision. Spencer Stockman, who is the South Dakota state champion, won the true second-place match after he defeated Justin Pacheco of team Colorado Elite. Pacheco is the Colorado state champion and he took home the third-place title. 109-pounds Jason Hanenberg, who is from Colorado Springs, Colorado and the state champion in his weight class, won the 109-pound title. Hanenberg represents Steel City Elite and defeated Jace Trujillo of La Gente Wrestling Club by a close 2-0 decision. As it seems to be a trend in each weight class, the loser of the first-place match went on to win the true second-place match after. This time was no different as Trujillo beat Zeke Alirez of team Predators, who won the third-place title. 116-pounds Golden, Colorado native and state champion Anthony Quintana, of team Golden, took down Preston Renner by fall in just 2:35. Renner's team is unknown but his hand was raised after he defeated Jerzie Estrada of SOT Academy by rule to win the second-place title. Estrada won third place by an impressive 9-0 major decision. 123-pounds Winning by fall in 3 minutes and 56 seconds in the national-title bout was Wyoming State Champion, Trevor Jeffriers. Jeffries, who represents team Peak, began the tournament with a first-round bye and then went on to beat his next three opponents before taking down Wyatt Pfau to win the title. Pfau, of team Brush, won second place over Trey Hage of team Legends of Gold. Hage won third place by an 8-1 decision. 130-pounds Taten Ringel previously won the Utah state title and this weekend he won the national title after he won against Trevor Clark. Ringel, who wrestles for North Summit won in a 6-1 decision. Clark, who represents Star Valley High, did not follow the trend and lost the second-place match by fall in 3:09. He lost to Anthony Ulaszek of team Bear Cave. Ulaszek also claimed third place over Clay Keller by fall in a short 33 seconds. 137-pounds The 137-pound Colorado state champion Kian Colonese rode a first-round bye and four wins en route to a national title in his weight class. Colonese, who represents Pine Creek HS, stood over Jordan Komac of North Montana Wrestling Club in an 8-6 victory. Komac was ruled the second-place winner over Zac Musselman of Salvation. Musselman was able to rebound nicely as he won the third place title in the 137-pound weight class by an 8-0 major decision. 144-pounds Sidney Wrestling Club's very own Derek Robb muscled over Elijah Blanco of Panhandle Extreme to claim his national title. He stood victorious after the pin at the 2:22 mark. Robb looked impressive winning all four of his matches, three by fall and one by an 8-5 decision. Blanco ended up losing the second-place match to Kolby Kost, of team Rapid City CKW, after a 4-0 decision. Kost also beat down Colter France of France Wrestling Club to win third place. 156-pounds Brock Bushfield, of Billings Skyview, had a notable weekend as he won his four matches by fall including the one that won him the national title for the 156-pound weight class. The fall came in just 53 seconds over Mikinzie Klimper. Klimper, of team Bad Dogs, took down and pinned Chance Falk at the 1:35 mark in the true second-place match. Falk, of team Predators, claimed third place by fall in 2:05 over Scott Cavazos of Chaparral Wrestling Club. 172-pounds Tino Lopez, of team Sheridan, won all three matches en route to his own national title. Lopez is the 172-pound Colorado state champion, and won by fall in just 16 seconds against Trevor Overvolo of Glasgow Wrestling Club. Overvolo dropped down to the second-place match, which he won by rule over Terren Swartz, of Camel Kids Wrestling Club. Swartz took home third-place in a quick match won by fall in 41 seconds. 190-pounds Jacob Sigler, of Rapid City CKW, stood over one of his teammates Mathais Thompson also of Rapid City CKW and won first place by a 2-0 decision. Sigler looked strong over the weekend winning all three matches, 2 were won by fall. Thompson won second place by rule over Open's Matthew Dunkelman, who went on to claim third place by fall at the 60-second mark. Heavy Weight Title Kaleb Gaede, of Olympian Wrestling Club, won all three of his matches en route to winning the national title. Gaede proved to be too much to overcome as his final victory came by fall. Andy Garcia, of La Gente Wrestling Club, won second place after winning his first two matches, but losing in the final round to Gaede. Austin Duncan, of Gering Wrestling Club, won his final match over Jaden Rahn, of WPWC, by fall at 1:30 to take home third place. Written by Youth1 Contributor Ben Carroll.