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Photo by Jon Mitchell

Central’s E.J. Barrera celebrates Saturday night after winning his first state title, pinning Pueblo South’s Elias Manzanares in 3 minutes, 10 seconds to take the 170-pound crown at the Class 4A state tournament in Denver.

Relief and expectation

Central’s E.J. Barrera finally wins state title

DENVER — E.J. Barrera’s teammates waited patiently underneath the Pepsi Center stands Saturday night for their opportunity.
As soon as Barrera finished doing media interviews after winning the 170-pound Class 4A state championship, he was he mobbed. Barrera, the school’s first state champion in eight years, soaked it all in.


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