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Denver-area brothers win Colorado wrestling titles


Cohl Schultz and his older brother Trenton won state wrestling championships Feb. 20 at the Pepsi Center in Denver — but not for the same school.

Cohl is the freshman 220-pound state champion at Ponderosa, while Trenton, a 195-pound junior, wrestles for Mountain Vista.

When their parents divorced, Trenton transferred from Regis Jesuit, where his father, Rick, was a former wrestling coach. His mother, Jessica, had custody at the time but both boys now live with their dad and stepmother Christy.

“Regis wasn’t a very good fit,” Trenton said. “Mountain Vista didn’t have the history, but they were a young team with a young head coach (Adam Bittler) and an experienced assistant (Brian Velarde). It added up right with the best chemistry I could find.

“I still see my brother every night, we hang out and do homework together and watch TV. We just don’t work out together and (we) go to different schools. It was great to see my dad that happy after I won and see my mom that happy.”

Trenton was Mountain Vista’s first state champion. Cohl’s individual title was the 39th won by a Ponderosa wrestler, and the Mustangs’ tradition was a drawing card.

“Youth stuff way back when, and I grew up with Ponderosa,” said Cohl. “I always looked up to everything they did as a team, all the state titles. My brother and I live in the same house and we’re best friends.”

State ski championships in Aspen

Natalie Platil is a junior at Horizon and skis for the Evergreen team that will be competing in the state high school championships Feb. 25 and 26 at Aspen.

Platil is one of the few metro-area athletes to compete in skiing, which is dominated by mountain schools. She competes in all four alpine and nordic disciplines.

She drives to Boulder after school between Monday and Thursday, then takes the van to Evergreen practices at Eldora. Ski meets are usually on Friday and Saturday.

Platil’s sights are set on winning the female Skimeister award in which skiers compete in each of the four disciplines during the regular season.

Fiddler on the boards

Highlands Ranch’s Jack Fiddler might be one of the state’s undiscovered gems.

“If I had 20 Jacks in my basketball program, life would be a lot easier,” said Falcons coach Mike Gibbs. “I’ll tell you, his motor is nonstop.

“Jack is a good player and more importantly an amazing young man with a strong work ethic on and off the court. I will do all I can do humanly possible to help Jack to continue playing basketball beyond high school. If someone picks him up, they will find a diamond in the rough.”

Fiddler, a 6-foot-4 senior, led the Continental League in rebounding during the regular season and was third among Class 5A players with 11.1 a game. He scored 11.4 points per game.

Munro to coach lacrosse at Mountain Vista

Jamie Munro, the CEO and founder of 3d lacrosse, will be the Mountain Vista boys lacrosse coach this spring.

Munro takes over for Jake Herman, who died Jan. 18.

Munro was head coach at Vista in 2013 and was an assistant for Herman the past two seasons. He has also been an assistant at Colorado College and Yale, and was the University of Denver’s head coach from 1999-2009.

The Big House awaits McCaffrey

Valor Christian junior quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, the 2015 Colorado Community Media Offensive Player of the Year, has verbally committed to play football for the University of Michigan as part of coach Jim Harbaugh’s 2017 recruiting class, according to the Detroit Free Press.

McCaffrey, whose older brother Max played at Duke and whose other older brother, Christian, was The Associated Press Player of the Year last season at Stanford, passed for 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns during the 2015 season. He ran for 592 yards and 13 touchdowns and also caught three passes, two of which were for touchdowns.

He opted for the opportunity to play at Michigan Stadium — which has capacity for more than 100,000 fans and is nicknamed The Big House — despite reported offers from schools such as LSU, UCLA, Colorado, Colorado State, Arizona State, Nebraska, Penn State and others.

In another verbal commitment, Arvada West’s 7-foot center Dallas Walton confirmed to BuffZone that he will play basketball next season at the University of Colorado.

Third start for Pugh

Mallory Pugh, the 17-year-old senior at Mountain Vista, started for the third straight game in the U.S. women’s 2-0 soccer victory over Canada Feb. 21 in the final game of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament in Houston.

Pugh had an assist in the win as the United States earned a berth in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both the U.S. and Canada had secured Olympic spots with semifinal victories.

Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com or at 303-566-4083.


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