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Ponderosa finishes 3rd in State Wrestling Tournament

PARKER – Ponderosa senior Dylan Gabel overcame a broken back to win two straight state titles. 

The championship was a fitting end to Gabel’s steller high school wrestling career and record setting season. This year he set Ponderosa’s record for pins in a season. Four of his 35 pins came during the 5A State Tournament on February 22 at the Pepsi Center.

Gabel earned his second consecutive championship by pinning Jaylen Mosqueira of Arapahoe High School. With the help of Torry Williams, who placed second in the 145 lbs. division, Ponderosa placed third place overall at the meet.

Dylan Formby of Mountain Vista High School and Dane Drimmer of Chaparral High School also were state runners-up, in the 145 lbs. and 170 lbs. divisions, respectively.

2014 5A State Wrestling Championship: DCSD Athletes
1st Place - Dylan Gabel, Ponderosa High School- 182 lbs. Division

2nd Place - Torry Williams, Ponderosa High School – 145 lbs. Division
2nd Place – Dylan Formby, Mountain Vista High School -170 lbs. Division
2nd Place – Dane Drimmer, Chaparral High School – 285 lbs. Division

3rd Place – Kaleb Geiger, Castle View High School – 170 lbs. Division

4th Place – Hayden Karren, Ponderosa High School – 113 lbs. Division
4th Place – Devin House, Ponderosa High School – 132 lbs. Division

5th Place – Frank Martinez, Chaparral High School – 113 lbs. Division
5th Place – Blake Jacobs, ThunderRidge High School – 285 lbs. Division

Gabel’s back-to-back titles are especially remarkable when you consider that he missed his sophomore year of wrestling because of a broken back. The cause of the break was unclear, but he had to undergo extensive surgery. Pins were fused into his top vertebra, as well as a bone graph from his hip. 

Dylan is the second Gabel to win multiple state titles. Austin, his older brother, won three state champions during his time at Ponderosa, between 2009 and 2011.

Austin now wrestles for Virginia Tech and Dylan plans to wrestle at Northern Colorado next season.

March 11, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Athletics and Activities

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.