Krohn makes short work of foes at Invite

Scott Stocker
Posted 1/22/13

LAKEWOOD - One has to wonder just how much time Arvada’s state champion Garet Krohn is going to spend on the wrestling mats this season. As the …

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Krohn makes short work of foes at Invite


LAKEWOOD - One has to wonder just how much time Arvada’s state champion Garet Krohn is going to spend on the wrestling mats this season. As the season nears the halfway point the talented senior has yet to go a full match with any foe.

Krohn pinned his three opponents in last Saturday’s 21-team Alameda Invitational in his 195-pound bracket to run his record to 11-0.

After a first round bye he opened by pinning Columbine’s Trevor Newton in 21 seconds, then shouldered Hinkley’s Max Carbajal in 1:06. He rounded out his day pinning Chatfield’s Dylan Seeman in 1:19.

“I’m working hard on making it to nationals this year and the more time and opponents the better,” Krohn said. “I need some good mat time, but the key is to go out as big as I can. I just want to get ready for the next level. This is a good tournament, overall, with a lot of pretty good guys here.

“I’m confident about the way the season is going,” Krohn said. “One thing, I do get some good competition in practice with my teammate, Brock Howes. I just want to do the best I can, but at the same time, never over look any opponent.”

One thing for sure, there is not an opponent out there who would overlook Krohn.

Montrose, led by 160-pound champion Marcus Velasquez who was voted the Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament, scored 191 points to out distance the 21-team field.

The Indians crowned two champions with 120-pound Jeremiah Banuelos also on the winners stand. Eaglecrest placed second with 169.5 points followed by Westminster in third, 132.5. Arvada, with only four wrestlers in the tournament, finished in 13th with 57 points.

“We’re young and we only brought the four,” said Arvada coach John Howes. “Garet is tough. He’s signed with Stanford and he just always puts a lot of effort into his matches and work at school. He hasn’t gone a full match yet this season and I’m beginning to wonder if he will.

“Brock is my son,” Howes said. “He’s only a sophomore but his is progressing very well. He works with Garet in practice and that has helped him immensely.”

Brock Howes knew from the start he was going to have his hands full when he reached the finals.

After all, he would be facing Columbines’ undefeated Brian Mayberry. Howes pinned his first two foes, Denver West’s Hugo Ramirez in 2:58, then Fountain-Ft. Carson’s Tevin Jones in 2:45. Yet, he was able to take Mayberry the distance losing, 14-5. Mayberry kept his season unblemished at 21-0 with his victory.

“I feel that I’m getting better - I’ve got a great guy to practice with at school in Garet,” said Howes, 11-5 on the season. “The season is going better than last year and I just want to strive and reach my goals in wrestling and football. I knew I was up against a fine opponent and I gave it a pretty good shot today. But I’m far from where I want to be.”

Mayberry’s first opponent, Connor Rogers of Wheat Ridge, forfeited his match due to injury.

“I only had the two matches today due to the forfeit,” Mayberry said. “Howes gave me a good match, he’s tough. Overall, I’m feeling the pressure this season being unbeaten and I just need to take it one match at a time. I want to have a good season as I will be playing football in college, not wrestling. And it’s been a good season so far and I hope to keep it going this way.”

Andy Lieshman, at 106, and Dylan Jones at 126, were the only other Arvada wrestlers in the tournament.

Lieshman pinned Morgan Reynolds of Boulder, 1:13 in first round, then lost to eventual champion Adam Lee of Denver West 13-5 in the second round.

He pinned Jake Lazich of Fountain-Ft. Carson in his first consolation round, but was then pinned by Isaiah Martinez of Denver North in the consolation semifinals in 4:16 and eliminated.

It was a quicker tournament for Jones who was beaten by Josh Shippley of Wheat Ridge in the second round 18-5, then pinned by Kyle Vanbrunshot of Montrose in 19 seconds in his first consolation match.


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