Matthew Gurule of Central pins Chance Leingang of Loveland in a 5A 103lb

Matthew Gurule looked like an accountant on Friday.

The Central High School junior 103-pound wrestler isn’t so much athletic in his approach to the sport as he is businesslike.

He made quick work of his two opponents on Friday and gets a chance tonight to repeat as the Class 5A state champion.

Gurule won his Friday afternoon match by technical fall, his second of the tournament, then pinned Chance Leingang of Loveland in 3 minutes, 48 seconds in Friday night’s semifinals.

He takes pride in working his opponents.

“You push them to where they want to quit,” said Gurule, who’s wrestled in the Fargo (N.D.) Nationals freestyle tournament, one of the best amateur tournaments in the country. “Then you push them even harder.”

Leingang was, in fact, one of Gurule’s Colorado teammates in the Fargo tournament last year.

“He’s good a Greco(-Roman),” Gurule said.

Gurule’s strategy, as always, was simple.

“I just wrestle as hard as I can,” he said, knowing technical falls and pins earn his team valuable points.

Fargo, in fact, helped Gurule deal with the rigors of trying to get through a long Saturday before the finals.

“It was there when I went to Fargo, when you had match after match,” he said of learning how to cope with long days.

“You just try to relax.”

Fruita Monument’s Taylor Termentozzi overcame a 1-0 deficit late in the third period to defeat Stephone Kling of Ponderosa 6-1 in his 171-pound semifinal.

“I was going to (try to put him) straight to his back,” Termentozzi said of breaking Kling’s grip for an escape. He immediately got a takedown and put Kling on his back with the same move.

Termentozzi faces Lakewood’s Mike Morgan in the finals. Morgan defeated Termentozzi 12-4 in last week’s 5A Region 3 tournament.

“I got a five-point move (against me),” Termentozzi said of their prior meeting.

“I know what he’s got now. I get another chance.”

Three of Gurule’s teammates in the semifinals weren’t as fortunate, all drawing tough opponents.

After pinning his quarterfinal opponent earlier Friday, Jesus Rodriguez lost his 125-pound semifinal 12-6 to Chaparral’s Kurtis Nelson.

Rodriguez’s brother Daniel lost 9-5 to Standley Lake’s Gavin Peters in the semifinals.

Central’s Zach Rosales was pinned in the semifinals in 3:16 by Moises Alcala of Westminster.


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