Deaguero takes state wrestling runner-up slot

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By Steve Smith

DENVER – Add some words of wisdom to a second-seeded wrestler at the state 5A tournament, and you get a runner-up finish for Adams City’s Gavin Deaguero.

The senior came up short in his title bid Feb. 17 at Pepsi Center. Grand Junction’s Josiah Rider became a three-time state champion with a major 11-2 decision in the 152-pound finals. But he got to the title match thanks to another state finalist – teammate Nicholas Gonzales.

Deaguero needed a takedown with 32 seconds left to pull out a 6-4 win over Parker McQuade of Monarch in the 152-pound semifinals.

“One of my buddies, Nick Gonzales (who was a runner-up as well), said, ‘It doesn’t matter how you win. It doesn’t matter what period it is. All you need is one more score.’ I was thinking of him that entire match. Those words stuck with me,” Deaguero said. “It pushed me to get that takedown.”

Deaguero said McQuade “kept coming over the top really hard on my head.”

“I knew one really good pop and I could go underneath it,” Deaguero said. “I’m ready. I’ve wrestled Rider a couple of times.”

Deaguero praised McQuade.

“He came out really well, I was expecting a little less movement with his knee. He’s been injured for a while,” Deaguero said. “I didn’t wrestle him during the dual we were supposed to have because of his knee injury.”

Deaguero’s trip through the first two rounds was pretty easy. He earned a major, 10-0 decision over Fossil Ridge’s Austin Yeager and a major, 12-0 decision over Tyler Maccagnan of Eaglecrest.

Deaguero declined comment after his championship match.

Another Deaguero – Josh – finished fifth at 138 pounds. Jordan Griego was sixth. Marques Salazar (145) didn’t win either of his matches at state, Thomas Olson (160) split four contests, as did Niko Suazo (182. Efrain Tinoco (195) won once in three starts.

The Eagles took fourth in the team standings. Their goal was to finish fifth.


Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at ssmith@metrowestnewspapers.com