Windsor: Colorado’s Dominant Middle School Team
Earns 9th Title in 12 Years
By Bill X. Barron, RMN Events Writer
Since 2008, RMN Events has directly hosted a true middle school state championship, with wrestlers qualifying from 5-6 regions across Colorado. For nine of those twelve years, Windsor Middle School has come away with a team trophy. Head Coach Gary Mauch states: “This year’s tournament was the toughest one yet – also the closest, winning by only three points” over team runner-up Cheyenne Mountain.
For the past two seasons, RMN Events has also held regional and state championships in separate divisions for wrestlers in K-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th grades. The championship finals spotlight the best young grapplers in the state with 1st-4th places in K-5 and 1st-6th place in Grades 6-8.
Windsor concluded its second consecutive undefeated middle school dual meet season with a 16-0 record, as Northern CO Athletic Conference and State Region 1 Champions, with dual team championships at Severance and Greeley, as well as invite titles at Brush and Platte Valley.
Comments a proud Coach Mauch: “It didn't look good going in because we lost our defending state champion from last year to the flu the day before state. All of our kids stepped up. Every point scorer scored at least 4 points in the tournament. Every kid mattered to win this title. We only had 3 state placers, which made this a total team effort. The placers were Ryan Smith 6th at 95, Zach Eaton 2nd at 100 and Devin Welton 5th at 145. In order for us to win, Devin had to beat a kid that had beaten him earlier in the day in the quarterfinals. It was an awesome match and Devin pinned him in the 2nd period.”
The middle school championship finals were held on two elevated center stages. Leading the contestants out to the platform was Windsor’s own Dominick Serrano. A 2-time middle school champion (he was 3rd in 6th grade), Dom is now a 3-time Colorado high school champion (with one more year to go), boasting an overall record of 125-0. The nationally ranked Serrano is currently No. 6 in folkstyle and No. 2 in freestyle at 126 pounds.