Myers on podium at state
Pueblo West sent four qualifiers to the Colorado State Wrestling Tournament
No Pueblo West state champs. No Cyclones made it to the finals at this year’s Colorado State Wrestling Tournament in Denver.
But that didn’t stop the Pueblo West wrestling team and their coach from leaving the Mile High City with a positive feeling about this year’s team.
And, perhaps more importantly, confident about the future.
Pueblo West saw four of its wrestlers earn berths in this year’s state tourney by earning solid seeds during the South-Central League season and performing well at a grueling regional meet.
Only one of the four qualifiers — Travis Myers — ended up with a medal. Myers finished sixth in the 145-pound bracket.
Myers, a junior who finished second at regionals, decisioned Lane Olsen of Longmont 6-0 in the tournament’s opening round.
He followed that with a 4-2 decision over Justice Ramos of Montezuma-Cortez in the Quarterfinals.
Myers ran into trouble in the semifinals where he fell by pin at 2:55 to Matt Combs of Mountain View.
The Cyclone standout suffered an injury during the match and was forced to to miss his final two matches by injury default.
Even so, he finished on the podium and was left wondering what might have been if the injury bug hadn’t struck.
West’s other qualifiers found out just how tough the competition at the state tournament can be.
Cameron Rhodes, who was fourth at 138 pounds at the regional meet, lost by a 13-3 major decision to Daryan Vanderpool of Lewis-Palmer in the opening round.
Josh Medeiros, second at 195 pounds at the regional meet, was pinned at 1:30 by Ben Self of Air Academy in the first round.
Hunter Mooring, fourth at 220 pounds at regionals, was pinned in 1:27 by Daniel Gustavson of Durango in the first round.
Coach Ryan Schumann was happy with Myers’ performance and knows how valuable the trip to state was and will be for his three other state qualifiers.
“I am very proud of Travis and the other three wrestlers that made it to state,” Schumann said. “It was a great experience for all. I am very pleased with the season that we had and I am looking forward to next year already.”
All four qualifiers will all be returning next season and all are hopeful for another trip to the state tournament at the Pepsi Center.