Schumann, Gaber make Montrose wrestling program proud

Montrose 171-pounder Bryce Gaber manuevers around Discovery Canyon’s Mike Ellsworth on Friday night during the Class 4A state wrestling championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Gaber will wrestle for the state title tonight.

DENVER — There was a moment midway through the Class 4A state wrestling semifinals on Friday night when the entire Montrose program rode a roller coaster.

It really did last less than a minute, yet within that span, the Indians enjoyed all the triumph and disappointment that are trademarks of the state wrestling tournament.

No sooner had Montrose senior Drew Schumann recorded a decisive semifinal win to advance to the 130-pound state title bout than his teammate, junior Kordell Bradshaw, was handed a discouraging late defeat in the 135-pound semifinal on an adjoining mat.

Schumann barely had time to celebrate before he had to console his teammate, though he had more excuses to be happy a little later. Senior Bryce Gaber will give the Indians two opportunities to win state titles during the finals tonight at the Pepsi Center after recording a semifinal win in the 171-pound division.

“Drew, we thought he could get in there,” Montrose coach Kevin Passehl said. “Kordell, if he could have pulled that off it would have been a huge upset. He was that close. You’re happy on one, and I thought (Bradshaw) was going to pull that out. He was just that short.”

Schumann posted an 11-4 victory against Clayton Garza of Elizabeth, improving to 38-3 on the season and setting up a championship showdown against C.J. York of Roosevelt.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Schumann said. “I had to keep it in my head that I could do it. I didn’t place last year and I came one match away. After that, it just kind of motivated me to go into this year the best that I could.

“I wasn’t too happy about last year. Coming into state, I knew I could do way better. It’s my senior year, and I just had to go after it.”

Gaber defeated Mike Ellsworth of Discovery Canyon to improve to 38-3 and faces Connor King of Broomfield in the 171-pound title match.

Bradshaw’s semifinal loss came against Presley Papachek of Roosevelt.

Delta also will have an opportunity to win a state title after senior Michael Patton recorded a semifinal victory in the 215-pound division, posting a 7-4 decision against Danny Stout of Wasson. Patton will take on Skyline senior Jordan Martinez in the final.

Palisade saw its final chance of winning an individual state championship vanish when junior Daniel Salazar was defeated in the semifinals of the 125-pound division.

In a rematch of last year’s hotly-contested 119-pound championship match against Broomfield’s Cortland Hacker, Salazar had a much more difficult time, getting put on his heels at the outset before getting pinned at the 1:03 mark.

Montrose is in fifth place with 63.5 points, trailing leader Broomfield, which has 77. Delta is 12th with 38. Palisade is 18th with 25.


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