It's beginning to be a habit for the second-ranked Rocky Ford High School wrestling team, as it won another Class 2A Region 4 Tournament.

The Meloneers won their sixth straight regional, which took place at Otero Junior College's McDivitt Center this weekend.

"It feels pretty good," said Rocky coach Mike Jurney. "A good bunch of kids and they wrestled hard. We had some good matches and came through some of the close ones and wrestled well."

The Meloneers also qualified 12 of their 14 wrestlers to this week's Class 2A State Tournament at the Pepsi Center.

"We're looking forward to this weekend," Jurney said. "Hopefully, we can advance and get some medalists up there as well."

Five of the Rocky Ford state qualifiers were individual regional champs.

Michael Maldonado won the 113-pound championship with a 7-0 decision over Swink's Michael Romero. Dillon Jaramillo scored a 5-1 decision over Peyton's Robert Warkentine at 120, Joziah Maestas won by injury default over Holly's Austin Crum, Santino Mendoza defeated Cheyenne Wells' Jade Cozrt at 138 by a 10-6 overtime decision, and Jesse Tapia won the 195-pound championship with a 3-1 overtime decision over Cheyenne Wells' Dawson Worley.

Two more Meloneers were second in their weight divisions. David Duran was the runner-up at 106 pounds after being pinned by Trinidad's Alberto Felthager, and Isiah Garcia was second at 160 after losing an 8-1 decision to Buena Vista's Micah Hertrich.

The remaining Meloneers headed to state are Jadon Baldonado, who was third at 152, Quinton Venard, who was fourth at 126, David Medinam who was fourth at 145, Simon Apodaca, who was fourth at 220, and Peyton Froman, who was fourth at 285.

In fact, Froman had to compete in a wrestle-back against Trinidad's Guadalupe Molina-Garcias, but Froman won the match.

Ignacio Perez-Rodriguez was fifth at 170 and he had to compete in a wrestle-back against County Line's A.J. Wilk. Perez-Rodriguez was defeated in his match.

The remaining Rocky Ford wrestler, Damon Cash, finished fifth at 182.

The Meloneers scored 230 points, and Crowley County was a distant second with 160 1/2.

The Chargers qualified nine to state and that total included three regional champions.

Jared Bauer won by injury default over Peyton's Colton Murray at 145, Adam Schultz defeated Swink's Kaleb Fisher by a 16-9 decision at 152, and Jorge Valdez won by a 6-3 decision over Holly's Graden Flint at 170.

Also qualifying for the Chargers were Tach Brewer, who was third at 126, Jaden Harris, who was third at 182, Lane Walter, who was third at 220, and Jacob Karle, who was third at 285, Tanner Howells, who was fourth at 138, and Zach Auchterlonie, who as fourth at 160.

Isaiah Camacho (120) and JoAllen Baker (132) did not place.

Trinidad was third with 150 points and County Line was fourth with 133.

Seven Rivals qualified for state, including Jayce Bauer, who won the 220-pound championship over Calhan's Ethan Dustrude. Jauer, who is undefeated in 38 matches, pinned Dustrude in 3:44.

Dawson Roesch was also a finalist at 182, but he lost a slim 5-4 decision to Trinidad's Jesus Diaz. Chase Stolzenberger was second at 285 after being pinned by Lotus' Scott Torres in 1:53.

Other County Line qualifiers included Aiden Michael, who was third at 138, Zach Fowler, who was third at 160, and A.J. Wilk, who was fourth at 170. Wilk won a wrestle-back against Perez-Rodriguez to get the state bid. Jonathon Burbank was fifth at 132 pounds and he won wrestle-back against Trinidad's Chris Ortivez to punch his ticket to state.

Angel Medina was also fifth at 185, Tate Krentz was sixth at 120, and Cade Zordel was sixth at 152.

Samuel Adams (126) and Sam Wollert (145) did not place.

Buena Vista was fifth with 100 points and Swink was sixth with 95 1/2.

Besides Romero and Fisher, who both finished second, the Lions qualified two more individuals in Adam Nolte (132) and Matthew Mendoza (145), both of whom finished third.

Jed Garcia was fifth at 120, and he competed in a wrestle-back against Trinidad's Guillermo Felthager, but was defeated. Tatum White finished sixth at 106, and Jonny Rocha did not place.

Las Animas was 15th with 11 points and it had one state qualifier in Jacob Lucero at 106 pounds. He finished fifth in the division, but won a wrestle-back against Calhan's Jonathon Mikita to punch his ticket to state.

Alex Torrez (126) and James Zook (138) did not place.

The state tournament begins Thursday at the Pepsi Center. The championships will take place Saturday evening.

"Wray's definitely the overwhelming favorite," Jurney said. "But that's why you wrestle it, and we'll go there with our heads on ready to wrestle hard and hopefully give them a run for it."

Team scores

Rocky Ford 230, Crowley County 160 1/2, Trinidad 150, County Line 133, Buena Vista 100, Swink 95 1/2, Holly 90, Peyton 81, Cheyenne Wells 47, Ellicott 30, Calhan 27, Kiowa 24, Lotus 22, Baca County 19, Las Animas 11.

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