State action begins Thursday afternoon
It’s a return trip to the state mats for 120-lb. Dragon wrestler Jesus Trejo, who finished as the regional runner-up. He competed at 113 lbs. last year as a freshman.
Joining him for the trek to the Big Show is 195-lb. junior and first-year wrestler Antoni Martinez, who placed fourth at regionals.
First-round action Thursday will see Trejo meeting Sean Dale of Cedaredge, a freshman with a 35-9 record.
Martinez meets Rocky Ford senior Ricky Preciado, 29-8.
McConnell anticipates good things in Trejo’s return trip to the state mats and from Martinez’ first-time trip.
State tourney schedule
Thursday, Feb. 16 — prelims, 3-6:15 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17 — quarterfinals, 9:30 a.m., followed by first-round consolations; second round consolations, 5:30-6:45 p.m.; and semifinals, 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18 — third-round consolations, 10 a.m., followed by semifinal consolations; fifth-place matches, 2 p.m., followed by third-place matches; parade of champions and final matches, 6:30 p.m.