Yarnell brothers among winners for Olathe in 3A
DENVER — The Colorado state wrestling tournament has always been a family affair for the Yarnells.
Recently, though, only one Yarnell had qualified for state. Until this year, that is.
Myles Yarnell, a senior, joined his younger brother, Wyatt, and both won first-round matches Thursday in the Class 3A state tournament at the Pepsi Center.
“It’s really exciting,” Myles said. “It’s pretty much a dream come true. For me, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s a great blessing.”
The Yarnells are two of seven Olathe wrestlers to win first-round matches. Olathe is in second place with 27.5 points. Alamosa is first with 33.5.
Hotchkiss advanced five wrestlers and is in sixth place with 18.5 points. Three Grand Valley wrestlers advanced to put the Cardinals in 19th. Rifle is 23rd with two first-round wins and Cedaredge’s Zach Love moved on.
Myles Yarnell qualified for state for the first time and defeated Bayfield’s Tanner McGhehey 17-0 by technical fall at 160 pounds.
“I was mainly focused on my match and do what I do best,” Myles said. “I tried to keep the fans and everything else out of it. I tried to focus in and not let all that pressure get to me.”
Myles failed to qualify as a sophomore and dislocated his collarbone two weeks before regionals last year. Although the collarbone healed, Myles had missed too much time to be ready for regionals.
Wyatt, a junior, qualified for the third time, but is looking to place for the first time.
“I enjoy having my brother on the team,” Myles said. “I know he can do well this year. It’s exciting. It’s special.”
Wyatt pinned Monte Vista’s Simon Schaefer in 5:34 at 130 pounds.
“My goal is to take it one match at a time,” Wyatt said. “The last couple years I’ve been looking at whole brackets and the big Pepsi Center. This year, I’m focused on taking it one match at a time.”
Another set of Olathe brothers won first-round matches.
Senior Kyle Piatt began his quest for a second state title by pinning Florence’s Kenny Roberts in 3:55 at 171 pounds.
Freshman 103-pounder Trenton Piatt did even better, pinning Mead’s Cody Heskett in 1:05.
Olathe’s other first-round winners were Jacob Solseth (112), Zach Shank (125) and Casey Childs (285).
Hotchkiss’ first-time state qualifiers Vikash Hypio (103) and Brett Suppes (171) won first-round matches, along with Fred Spor (135), Jake Richards (215) and Kyle Douglass (285).
Suppes scored back points late in the match for a 15-0 technical fall victory over Bayfield’s Jon Roberts.
“I didn’t know what to expect, I just wrestled how I wrestle,” Suppes said. “My coaches told me it’s just another match and I believed them.”
Cedaredge’s Love (145) pinned University’s John Kohl in 3:42.
“I knew I had to get off my back because if I lost that match, I would have to work twice as hard to come back and place,” Love said. “I want to place top six for sure.”
Love was injured last year after qualifying for state as a sophomore.
Grand Valley’s Jerrod Busch, Emilio Ruelas and David Witt were victorious.
Rifle’s Larry Schmueser (140) and Kyle Shaw (189) won their first matches.
Shaw, a senior, defeated Valley’s Walker Gonzales 7-4 in his first state tournament appearance.
“I was pumped,” Shaw said. “I just wanted to get out there and wrestle.”