Meeker senior joins long list of Harveys as state champions
DENVER — Four, three, two, one.
As the clock ticked down Saturday night, the Meeker crowd’s roar got louder.
Then it hit zero and Cowboys senior Sheridan Harvey celebrated with them after his 4-2 win over Paonia’s Sackett Chesnik in the Class 2A 138-pound championship match at the Pepsi Center.
He’s now part of a fabulous Meeker wrestling tradition and he also adds his name to a long list of Harveys who have won a state title.
From uncles to cousins to his dad and grandfather, Harvey now joins that long list.
“I’m tired but excited,” Harvey said. “It’s pretty cool and now I can finally be part of my family tradition who have been state champs.”
Harvey said listening to the hometown fans made for a special experience.
“That’s probably one of the coolest parts, they travel so well,” he said.” Hearing them cheering you on really helps.”
From playing on the football team, where Meeker finished as the Class 1A runner-up, to a state wrestling title, Harvey said it’s been an amazing senior year.
“This really puts the cherry on top,” he said.
It was a tough championship round for Meeker, which sent four to the finals but came away with only Harvey’s title.
Casey Turner came up short of winning his second straight state title, losing a 1-0 decision to Trenton of Armintrout of Norwood/Nucla at 170.
Chase Rule lost to Lyon’s Keegan Bean 7-5 in the 182-pound finals.
Tyler Ilgen lost to Paonia’s Trevor Smith in a classic heavyweight title match — exactly what Eagles coach Andy Pipher wanted from his wrestler.
“He just had to wrestle the heavyweight style and win a lot of matches by one point and take matches into overtime, try and score first and ride them out from there,” he said. “That’s the heavyweight style.”
Smith started the year at 220 pounds, went down to 195 briefly before making the move to the heavyweight spot, where he routinely gave up at least 50 pounds to his opponents.
For the finals, Smith weighed in at 199 pounds.
After the match he hugged teammate Jaden Miller, who placed third at 182 pounds, and cried tears of joy. Smith placed third at 195 pounds last year.
“It’s the most amazing feeling in the world,” he said.
The match unfolded exactly the way Pipher hoped and just like it did when Smith beat Ilgen by one point at regionals.
With the scored tied at 2-2, the match headed into the first overtime where Smith scored a reversal with one second remaining in the period.
Ilgen scored an escape in the second overtime, but Smith held him off for the 4-3 decision.
Paonia has now won at least one individual state title in 11 of the past 12 years.
Hotchkiss sophomore Sergio Campos came up just short of winning the 113-pound state title.
With the score tied at 2-2 after a Campos takedown, Dillon Jaramillo of Rocky Ford twisted away for an escape to take a 3-2 lead with 13 seconds remaining.
Campos was third as a freshman.
Hotchkiss senior Wade Katzdorn also settled for second place, losing the 160-pound title match to Aidan Dabal of Norwood/Nucla.
Hotchkiss senior Colton Hall, a three-time state qualifier, rebounded to take third at 132 pounds.
Cedaredge freshman Sean Dale placed fourth at 120.
Meeker had four wrestlers place fourth: Jacob Pelloni (113), Tannen Kennedy (126), Hunter Garcia (152) and Caleb Bradford (220).
One year after winning the 2A team title over Rocky Ford, Meeker finished second to the Meloneers 188½-160.
Grand Valley had a pair of second-place finishers.
A.J. Serna was ready for his shot at a state title, but the odds were stacked against the sophomore.
Top seed Isaiah Delacerda of Alamosa pinned Serna in the 113-pound title match to win his third straight state title.
After finishing third last year, Serna was happy to get into the finals and experience what it’s like to wrestle in front of the huge Pepsi Center crowd.
“It was different from last year. It’s a whole different thing, being in the finals, everyone has eyes on you,” he said. “I’m really motivated to get back.”
Senior Evan Hoff took his match into overtime but lost the 220-pound title to top seed Oscar Lopez of Jefferson.
Delta junior Logan Church had a memorable state tournament after beating the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals, but he lost to Ricky Ayala of Sheridan in the heavyweight title match.
Olathe senior Andrew Godfrey overcame a disappointing semifinal loss to conclude his high school career with a third-place finish at 126 pounds.
Godfrey won his final two matches of the tournament and capped his career with a 6-4 decision against Buena Vista’s Cameron Wolters in the third-place match.
He took fourth place as a sophomore and was third last season at 126.
“It’s all thanks to my parents,” Godfrey said. “They put in a bunch of time and effort and money for me to do as well as I’ve done.”
Godfrey spent most of the season ranked second at 126 pounds but lost 5-4 to Monte Vista’s Moises Juarez in the semifinals. Godfrey allowed the match-deciding takedown with 20 seconds left.
Rifle’s Alex Cordova placed fourth at 170.