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.