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The matchup is set up

Kostur, Beaudry face off for title; five Bulldogs remain

Championship145-pounds Korey Kostur (41-2) vs. Mark Beaudry (30-1) of Pueblo South

Consolation matches112-pounds Brice Boling (36-12) vs. Drake Huggins (21-7) of Westminster119-pounds Jake Breslin (34-14) vs. Andrew Wright (13-6) of Montezuma Cortez152-pounds, Daniel Cramblett (39-9) vs. Eric Brown (32-9) of Cañon City189-pounds Nick Navratil (31-9) vs. Andrew Morrison (28-11) of Elizabeth

Championship145-pounds Korey Kostur (41-2) vs. Mark Beaudry (30-1) of Pueblo South

Consolation matches112-pounds Brice Boling (36-12) vs. Drake Huggins (21-7) of Westminster119-pounds Jake Breslin (34-14) vs. Andrew Wright (13-6) of Montezuma Cortez152-pounds, Daniel Cramblett (39-9) vs. Eric Brown (32-9) of Cañon City189-pounds Nick Navratil (31-9) vs. Andrew Morrison (28-11) of Elizabeth

— The speculation is over.

One of the most anticipated matches at the Colorado Wrestling State Championships is official.



Returning state champions Mark Beaudry of Pueblo South and Korey Kostur of Moffat County will meet tonight in the Class 4A 145-pound state title match.

Kostur took a big breath of relief after his 7-3 win against Greeley Central freshman Brice Wolf in the semifinals.



“I didn’t want to lose to a freshman,” he said. “He had pulled a couple of upsets, so he had some momentum.”

Kostur sent Wolf to the mat and then his back with a fireman’s carry 45 seconds into the match for a 5-0 lead. From there he held on to lead.

“He slipped out of my pin in the first (period),” Kostur said. “From there on I didn’t have much, but I had enough to get where I wanted. To get revenge.”

Kostur’s season has been dedicated to avenging an 11-9 overtime loss to Beaudry at the opening tournament of the year.

Beaudry, who won the 140-pound class as a junior, made the matchup possible when he defeated Fort Morgan’s Ryan Buck, 9-3.

“I have to be better on my feet (in the final),” said Kostur, last year’s 145-pound title winner. “That’s what cost me the first time (against Beaudry.”

Overall the Bulldogs had a successful Friday night. Brice Boling, Jake Breslin, Daniel Cramblett and Nick Navratil all won to move into the third round of the consolation bracket.

“Everyone left wrestled well tonight,” coach Roman Gutierrez said. “All four (in the consolation bracket) have the chance to make it into the medal rounds.”

Boling said he thought he struggled during the regular season, so the 112-pound junior recalled what worked for him his sophomore year. The answer: using the tilt to score back points. Boling went back to the tilt at the regional tournament and was two points away from reaching the final. Friday night he went into the third period tied with Berthoud’s Graeden Saldo. Then he brought out the secret weapon.

Boling tilted Saldo three times in the period to win, 11-6.

“The tilt can be a bit dangerous because you have to go under them sometimes to get out of it,” he said. “But it has been working well for me the last two weeks.”

It worked well enough to beat an opponent who dominated him earlier in the season.

“He almost teched me at Rifle,” Boling said.

Breslin dominated Pueblo County’s Isaac Hernandez in the first period and then pinned him with 1:20 left in the second period. Hernandez defeated regional champion Thomas Foley of Delta to wrestle Breslin.

“I was pretty happy to see that I didn’t have Foley,” Breslin said. “Now I want to focus on going for third place.”

Cramblett used two five-point moves to get past Northridge’s Lance Migeres, 14-10. The match wasn’t as close as the score, but Cramblett gave up points in the third period to stay out of positions that would get him pinned.

Navratil took two minutes to figure out his opponent, Bo Beardsley of Sterling, but after the first takedown it was all Bulldog. Navratil earned an escape, a takedown and a pin in a matter of 35 seconds in the second period to move on to today’s action.

The third round of consolation matches start today at 12:30 p.m.


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