PCHS Wrestling Achieves All-Time Score Record


Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Tournament was held last weekend at Doherty High School, with a total of 28 teams from all around Colorado Springs. Pine Creek wrestlers wrestled hard and all got their spots on the podium. Griffin Rial (10) took home his 1st metro win this year and has many opportunities at championships ahead of him, “It felt good to win it and I will use the momentum to win the rest of my tournaments this year and leading into next year”. Sir Pulido (12) took first place in the 113-pound weight class for his 2nd consecutive year in a row, “Metros was a really good tournament for me and my team, and it was fun as I dominated my bracket for my 2nd championship”, Elijah Banks (10) took home a championship in the 126-pound weight class “It was a fun and skillful tournament, I plan on taking home the championship my next two years as well”, and Nate King (12) after dropping a weight class from Heavy Weight to 215 pounds took his bracket by storm pinning his way to 1st place. Not only did our guys do a great job, but so did our Pine Creek girls, Victoria Guinard (12) took 1st place, “It felt great. I feel my hard work is showing through this year, it also was amazing winning the team championships.”, and Adrianna Lopez (11) won her 1st Metro championship after being out the previous season, “My overall metros experience felt great, especially since it was my first time wrestling in metros, and winning that tournament made me feel excited because it demonstrated that I can put in the work. I’ve practiced and I showed it on the mat.” When talking with the Pine Creek Wrestling head coach, Billy Gabel, about this late season metro tournament and how it will help the team push for a state championship, “The metro tournament is one of my favorite tournaments each year. It’s tough enough to expose some of the weaknesses that our wrestlers may have and gives us enough time to fix those weaknesses before the state tournament. Wrestling strong at that tournament is always a boost for the end of the season.” said Gabel. Pine Creek won the tournament by an outstanding 130 points, setting a tournament record with a total of 322 points.

Neville Jijina