Grand feat: Pfau makes history
Female wrestler opens state with a triumph
DENVER — The importance of the situation was beginning to drain her, but Cody Pfau wasn’t going to give in to it.
The Grand Valley High School senior fought through the first-round jitters and made Colorado high school wrestling history.
Pfau became the first female to win a first-round match at the CHSAA state tournament Thursday.
“The whole match I was thinking: This is it,” Pfau said. “This is my senior year. There’s no more (state tournaments) after this. The whole match I was thinking: If I don’t get this shot, if I don’t get out, I’m done.”
Pfau defeated Fort Lupton senior Ferdinando Martinez 6-5 at 106 pounds in the Class 3A state action at the Pepsi Center.
“She got an adrenaline dump right away,” Grand Valley coach Rick Gallegos said. “I could tell it got to her, but she battled through it and hung on in the third period.”
Pfau and Martinez went back and forth, exchanging leads. Martinez scored a takedown early in the third period for a 4-2 lead, but Pfau escaped and scored a takedown.
“After two times he got the escape like it was nothing in a match where there was a one-point difference,” she said. “I tried to turn him several times. Each time, I thought, ‘Nope, stay.’ Coach told us the past two weeks you can’t have fatal mistakes. It will cost you the match.”
Pfau was one of five Grand Valley wrestlers to advance to the quarterfinals; only Will Hinkle lost. The Cardinals are in 10th place in the team standings with 13 points.
Centauri leads the team race with 26.5 points, followed by Alamosa with 25.5. Hotchkiss is sixth with 17.5 points and Olathe is 11th (12 points).
Pfau’s mission to become the first girl to place at state is now a little easier, but it will still be tough. She wrestles No. 1-ranked Tel Kelley of Alamosa in the quarterfinals today.
“She has a tough road,” Gallegos said. “She has a tough draw.”
Three years ago, Pfau and Lauryn Bruggnik of Soroco each won at least one match on the consolation side of the bracket.
Three girls have qualified for the state tournament, but none have placed.
“This is a big deal, but I can’t think about it as I’m in it,” Pfau said.
Hotchkiss advanced five into the quarterfinals.
“I thought we had a good chance at 106,” Hotchkiss coach Glenn Suppes said. “Our 60-pounder got the first takedown. The fellas wrestled tough.”
Garrett Toothaker defeated Dolores Huerta senior Xavier Solis 12-7. Dustin Head pinned Monte Vista’s Garrett Pacheco in 5 minutes, 15 seconds.
“That was huge,” Suppes said.
Olathe advanced three wrestlers to the quarterfinals — Austin Shank (113), Trenton Piatt (120) and Jacob Solseth (132).
Cedaredge 106-pound freshman Austin Todd won by technical fall in the first round.
All five Coal Ridge wrestlers lost first-round matches.