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DENVER -- Fort Lupton's DJ Vurciaga didn't have quite enough to take home a state wrestling crown at 170 pounds Saturday night at Pepsi Center.
Caleb Copeland of Bennett became a two-time state champ with a 9-6 decision over Vurciaga in Saturday night's finals. Copeland pinned his first three opponents in the tournament before needing to go the distance with Vuirciaga.
Vurciaga, who is a junior, finisghed with a record of 39-8. He sat out most of last year's season with a knee injury.
Vurciaga's road to the championship match was a bit anxious. He needed a reversal in the last 12 seconds to pull out an 8-7 win over Buena Vista's Keegan Wentz, the second seed in the draw. Vurciaga, who has a record of 39-3, takes on top-seeded Caleb Copeland in Saturday's final.
Vurciaga didn't stay on the mat very long in the quarterfinals against Marcus Garcia of Dolores Huerta Preparatory. Vurciaga pinned Garcia in 1:28.
Two other Bluedevils placed at their weights. Jacob Ornelas finished third at 220 pounds. After a semifinal loss Friday night, Ornelas won his two consolation round matches Saturday. He beat Brush's Joe Carwin 5-2 and pinned Holy Family's Daniel Jansen in 4:42.
Dakota Macy finished fourth at 126 pounds. After a semifinal loss Friday night, Macy split his two consolation matches Saturday. He beat Centauri's Ethan Coombs 7-4 but came up on the short end of an u8-3 decision against Bayfield's Colter McMenimen.
Consolation matches were in progress late Friday night. Ben Medina came within a win of a chance to finish in the top six at 113 pounds. He beat Bennett's Jason Juth in one consolation match but lost to Holy Family's Vincent Casados in the second round of consolations.
Zech Garcia (145 pounds), who rolled to a 20-3 win over connor Craddock of Colorado Springs Christian in the first round, lost to second-seeded Joe Boyle of Hotchkiss in the quarterfinals Friday morning and lost to Brush's Joe Roca in Garcia's first consolation round match.
FLHS' two other state wrestlers -- Ferdinando Martinez at 106 pounds and Austin Sailas at 182 pounds -- did not place among the top six at their weights. Martinez came within a victory of a chance to finish in the top six. He beat second-seeded Austin Todd of Cedaredge Friday night in a consolation match. He couldn't get past Centauri's Patrick Esparsen Saturday. Esparsen won the match 7-5 in overtime.
Sailas tuned back Jefferson's Francisco Alvarado Friday afternoon in the first consolation round but fell to Buena Vista's Kirby Close, the top seed in the weight class, in the second consolation match.
The finals begin at 6:30 p.m. with the parade of champions. Wrestling begins at 7. Check back for updates later this weekend, and join us at twitter.com/sportsland for coverage of the 170-pound final.