Jefferson marches to a pair of state wrestling titles

School earn’s third place team finish

Dennis Pleuss
Jeffco Public Schools
Posted 2/28/19

DENVER — Angelo Lozado made history last Saturday night at Pepsi Center. Lozado became the first freshman at Jefferson to ever win an individual wrestling state title. He defeated Eaton senior Toby …

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Jefferson marches to a pair of state wrestling titles

School earn’s third place team finish

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DENVER — Angelo Lozado made history last Saturday night at Pepsi Center.

Lozado became the first freshman at Jefferson to ever win an individual wrestling state title. He defeated Eaton senior Toby Gavette 6-3 to win the Class 3A 113-pound title.

“It feels good,” said Lozado of making history Feb. 23

The confident Lozado added he expected to win a state title as a freshman. He finished the season with a 35-11 record, including going 4-0 in his first Colorado High School Activities Association state wrestling tournament.

“He (Lozado) battled,” Jefferson coach Oscar Fonseca said of his freshman phenom. “He got that state title and that’s great.”

Jefferson junior Nick Gallegos grabbed his first state title winning the 3A 152-pound title. It was the conclusion to a long journey and recovery for Gallegos, who was in a serious car accident the week leading up to the state tournament last year.

His injuries resulted on Gallegos not being anywhere near 100 percent last year. He lost his opening bout after coming in as one of the favorites and ended up injury defaulting out of the state tournament a year ago.

“The first day was a crazy day because it was the same mat I stepped on last year,” Gallegos said reflexing on last season’s disappointing ending. “This time there was a different outcome and I pulled out the win.”

After two pins and a major decision to advance to Saturday night’s title bout, Gallegos was locked in a close match with Brush senior Oswaldo Nunez. There were several stoppages because of the wrong score posted on the electronic scoreboard.

Eventually, Gallegos took a narrow 8-7 victory.

“I didn’t really stick to the game plan,” Gallegos admitted. “I got the win. I guess that is all that matters right now.”

Fonseca agreed with Gallegos, who finished the season with a 43-7 record.

“It’s really tough on a kid when it’s stop and go, stop and go instead of getting in the flow of wrestling. I think he handled it well,” Fonseca said. “In the end I don’t care if it is 8-7 or 15-0. He is a state champion now.”

The Saints had two other state players. Senior Andrew Sansburn finished up his impressive prep wrestling career placing third at 132 pounds. Junior Zander Condit — a junior at Conifer High School and started wrestling for Jefferson his season after the Lobos dropped their wrestling program — placed third at 138 pounds.

“It wasn’t the prettiest, but we’ll take it,” Fonseca said of the Saints performance down at Pepsi Center. “You come down here and it’s a tough tournament. Everyone wants the same thing you do.”

The Saints didn’t have an individual state champion until just a handful of years ago. Now Jefferson has six individual titles to go along with a 3A state runner-up team finish from 2017.

“I’m excited,” Fonseca said of the Saints’ prospects for next year. “We’ve got kids coming back. We have great kids. We are a great family. We are really young so I believe we’ll be good for a few years here.”

Jefferson finished tied for third in the 3A team standings with 97.5 points. It’s clear Fonseca’s wrestlers are already to get back into the wrestling room to prepare for the 2020 state tournament.

“I feel like the more time we get in the practice room the better we are going to do out here,” said Gallegos, who expects the Saints to be in contention for a 3A team title next year. “It’s time to regroup and take it.

Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletic and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com/Jeffco

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