DENVER - Basalt's Hector Chagoya wrestled his way onto the podium Saturday night at the annual Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) State Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Chagoya finished fifth for the Longhorns in the Class 3A 120-pound division.
He's the first Basalt wrestler on the state podium since the Longhorn program was resurrected this season under coach Ryan Bradley after a 10-year hiatus.
Chagoya opened the state tournament with an 8-2 decision over Brian Follett, of Colorado Springs Christian.
In the second-round, he lost an 11-6 decision to eventual state runner-up Levi Maes, of Sheridan. In the consolation bracket, Chagoya pinned Evan Reed, of Lamar, early in the second period.
After a loss to third-place finisher Trenton Piat,t of Olathe, the Basalt junior beat Brush sophomore Macky Sandoval 7-2.
Chagoya wrapped up his junior year with a 29-10 record.
Neff Malouf, of Alamosa, won the 120-pound state title to help the Mean Moose win the Class 3A team title with 136.5 points. Bennett was second (118).
Defending state champion Centauri finished third (115.5).
Cousin Ruben Chagoya also won his first match at state. The Basalt junior scored a 15-1 major decision over Clear Creek's Anthony Potter in their 145-pound match.
In the second round, Ruben Chagoya lost 21-11 to eventual state champion Jason Buhr, of Centauri, located in La Jara in the far south end of the San Luis Valley. Chagoya won his first consolation match, pinning Jonathan Lohman, of Bennet,0 in 3:25.
But the Basalt wrestler was stopped short of the state podium by Grand Valley's George Staff.
At 126 pounds, Basalt senior captain Edwin Meraz lost a 13-3 decision to Platte Valley's Ryan Waite. Then, he lost a tough 8-5 decision to Jake Ysias, of Florence.
At 195, Basalt freshman Olmer Marquez lost twice at state. He was pinned byTrinidad's Oscar Marez in the first round.
Jonathan Flores, of Jefferson, beat the Basalt freshman in the second round. He finished his season 22-11.
In Class 2A, Western Slope power Paonia won its third consecutive state championship with a team considered by wrestling experts to be the best overall team in Colorado, regardless of classification.
Paonia earlier won the prestigious Warrior Classic multiclass tournament in Grand Junction.
Broomfield won the Class 4A state title Saturday night over Discovery Canyon and Windsor.
Pomona beat Ponderosa to claim the Class 5A state championship