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Atencio Claims Second State Title
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Michael Atencio works on gaining a pin combination at the State Wrestling Tournament held at the Pepsi Center. Atencio won his second state title.
 
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Michael Atencio puts an opponent on his back. Atencio scored a pin in all but one match at the State Tournament held in the Pepsi Center.
 
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Cole Miller scores back points in a state match on his way to a sixth place finish at the state tournament.
 
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Riley Prichard concluded an excellent senior year of Rye High School Wrestling with a visit to the State Championship
 
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It took Michael Atencio one minute and twenty-five seconds to pin Michael Maldonado of Rocky Ford in the finals of the 120 lb. weight class in the Colorado State High School Wrestling Tournament. As the referee’s hand slapped the mat Atencio became a two-time state champion.

Atencio, for the most part, wasn’t strongly challenged in his pursuit of his second state crown the entire tournament. In his first match against Aiden Matthews of Mancos it took Atencio five seconds to take Matthews down and an additional 17 seconds to pin him.

Atencio’s second match, against Alberto Felthager of Trinidad lasted 106 seconds. With fourteen seconds left in the first period Atencio logged his second fall of the tournament.

Wray’s Cole Rockwell was the only Atencio opponent who wrestled the full six minutes and it appeared that the only mode he had for survival was to stall. In the first period at the 1:48 mark Atencio got a takedown. That 2-0 lead was on the scoreboard through an uneventful second period where Rockwell made sure Atencio couldn’t get him turned over rather than trying to score any points of his own.

In the final stanza of the semi-final, Atencio took bottom and escaped in five seconds for a 3-0 lead. Ten seconds later he got his second takedown and a 5-0 lead. Finally, with only 27 seconds left in the match the referee saw what everyone in the packed Pepsi Center had seen for two periods and awarded Atencio a point for Rockwell stalling. The match ended 6-0.

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