Castle View wrestlers won two individual titles Feb. 17 at the state high school wrestling championships, and the Sabercats also had what coach Ike Anderson labeled a disappointing second-place …
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Castle View wrestlers won two individual titles Feb. 17 at the state high school wrestling championships, and the Sabercats also had what coach Ike Anderson labeled a disappointing second-place finish.
Senior Malik Heinselman, a two-time champion at 106 pounds, became the Sabercats' first ever three-time state champion as he edged 113-pound defending champ Justin Pacheco of Pomona, 3-2, in the 120-pound championship match at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Tate Samuelson became a double winner. The senior won at 170 pounds in 2017 and captured the 182-pound championship this year with a 5-2 decision over Seth Latham of Grand Junction.
Junior Adrian Marquez was the runner-up at 113-pounds as he lost a controversial 6-5 tiebreaking decision in the second overtime to Dawson Collins of Grand Junction.
“We won two titles and I am still really disappointed by the other,” Anderson said.
Heinselman, who will wrestle at Ohio State next season, got a takedown and escape to combat Pacheco's tactic of being conservative and not letting Heinselman counter any moves.
“It was a late match," said Heinselman who finished his final high school campaign with a 46-2 record. “I felt a little sluggish. It wasn't the kind of match I was looking for, but I came out on top. I wish I could have scored more points. This (state title) was special because it was my last one.”
Samuelson ended the season with a 43-3 record and an impressive showing the past three seasons at the state tournament.
“This state title feels better than the first one because one of my goals this year was just to get a second state title,” he said. “It is so much better than just having one. I would of liked to have had a third but I lost in the finals my sophomore year."
Marquez thought he had his match won against Collins and celebrated after he got what appeared to be a takedown in the overtime for a 7-5 victory. However, the two referees huddled, nullified the takedown and the points.
In the second overtime, Collins managed to escape and claimed a 6-5 victory. Marquez just sat stunned for a while but kept his composure even during the awards presentation on the podium.
“They called it out of bounds after I took him down,” said Marquez. “They called it inbounds at first and then their coach argued about it and got the argument. I was pretty mad. I knew I had him and I should of won that match.
“I kept my composure but I was pretty frustrated. This makes me just want to come back harder next year. Last year I took third, this year second so next year is my year to take it.”
Castle View finished seventh in the final team standings. Freshman Randy Myers joined the Sabercats' podium finishers as he came in fifth at 132 pounds.
Douglas County was 15th and had two grapplers place in the top six. Micah Smith won his 44th match against five setbacks in the third-place match at 220 pounds and freshman Max Black completed a 40-4 season with a fifth-place finish in the 106-pound division.
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