State 5A wrestling: ACHS' Deaguero takes second among 138-pounders

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By Steve Smith

 DENVER – Josh Deaguero's three wins at the state wrestling tournament were enough to get him into the finals against Grandview's Fabian Santillan.

But Santillan had Deaguero's number during the 138-pound finals Feb. 23 at Pepsi Center. Santillan became a two-time state champion with a 9-2 decision. 

In Deaguero’s case, there was the matter of the types of wins the Adams City junior picked up on his way to the finals.

Deaguero had three major decisions in his three wins. The closest was against Max Brobson of Fort Collins. The one that propelled him into the finals was a dominant, 11-2 decision over Poudre's Alex Alvarez, the second seed in the weight class.

"He likes to grab the wrist and pull it through," Deaguero said. "I just picked up my leg. He bailed every time I went for that outside single. He didn't try to whizzer or anything. That worked pretty well."

Deaguero also worked the top positions to his advantage in the semis.

"I was consistent on top with the breakdowns. I didn't get many turns on him," Deaguero said. "I just react. I just turn my brain off and wrestle."

Deaguero said his first takedown of the match allowed him to settle down.

"I was a lot less stressed," Deaguero said. "I stress before I wrestle. I don't know. It doesn't help. I just try to be alone before a match. I don't talk to too many people, clear my head."

Deaguero finished his junior season with a record of 32-7.