First-time Warriors: Central’s Feller, Jamison win first matches at 5A state tourney
DENVER — Anthony Feller didn’t feel his best, but that didn’t stop him from taking advantage of his first opportunity to compete in the Class 5A state wrestling tournament.
The 130-pound junior defeated Greeley West’s Shedrick Boyd 4-3 in his first-round match Thursday night at the Pepsi Center.
“I feel proud,” Feller said. “I would go wrestle everything I could in the offseason. It feels great to see the results.”
Feller was one of four Central wrestlers to win their first-round match, joining Willy Holdren, Zach Short and Kyle Jamison in the quarterfinals.
The Warriors are in tied for eighth place with 11 points. Grand Junction is tied for 11th place with 9 points. Coronado leads with 40 points. Dylon Thompson, Jessie Hoffschneider and Dylan Reed won first-round matches.
Feller fell behind 3-1 but rallied to tie the match and win it in the third period.
“I’ve been sick and my asthma is acting up,” Feller said. “It prevented me from pushing him like I wanted.”
Feller faces last year’s 125-pound state champion, Carter McElhaney of Coronado, in today’s quarterfinals.
Kyle Jamison won his first state tournament match, pinning Andrew Licon of Abraham Lincoln in 3 minutes, 21 seconds in the heavyweight class.
“It felt awesome, my first time at state, it’s awesome,” Jamison said. “Having my parents here gives me that extra boost.”
Holdren and Short won first-round decisions.
Holdren defeated Brighton’s Joel Hernandez 9-3 at 145 pounds.
Short picked up an escape point late in the third period for an 8-0 major decision over C.J. Cayou of Highlands Ranch at 152.
“I don’t think about who I’m wrestling next,” Short said. “I think about what I’m going to do. I go in there with the mindset I’m going to win.
“That’s the experience factor. It helps each year. This was the most comfortable I felt.”
Thompson advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-1 decision over Prairie View’s Ricky Becker at 119 pounds.
The match was scoreless until the third period.
“I’ve wrestled him over the summer a couple times,” Thompson said. “In the first period, he backed up a lot. I had to stick to my game plan.”
Hoffschneider rolled to an 11-0 victory in his first-round match against Standley Lake’s Kevin Stephenson at 145 pounds.
Reed joined them with a 10-2 victory over Arapahoe’s JJ Rohde in his first state tournament match at 215 pounds.
“It’s nice to get the first-match jitters out of the way, but you’ve got to approach it like any other tournament,” Reed said. “You’ve got to go out on the mat knowing you’re going to win.”
Fruita Monument’s Ian Konrad lost a 13-3 decision in the first round to Pomona’s Josh Rosales.