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Homeless man sentenced to 10 years in Longmont park stabbing

A homeless man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty in the June stabbing of his “on-again, off-again” girlfriend in a Longmont park.

Boulder County Sheriff's Office
Condelario Contreras-Valdez

Candelario Contreras-Valdez, 57, last month in Boulder County District Court pleaded guilty to possession of dangerous weapons charge, a Class 4 felony.

Six other charges, including a felony attempted murder count, were dropped as part of the plea deal, online court records show.

Contreras-Valdez will serve three years of mandatory parole as part of the sentence. He was arrested by Longmont police after police found the victim with multiple stab wounds in Kensington Park. The woman survived her injuries.

Contreras-Valdez addressed the court at Friday’s hearing to say he was sorry and made a big mistake, according to Boulder County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shannon Carbone.

He received 253 days of credit toward his sentence for time served since his arrest.

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Windsor wrestling trio in position to win third straight 4A state titles

The absence of shock on Windsor coach Monte Trusty’s face says everything you need to know about his wrestling program’s dominance.

Three Windsor wrestlers — Will VomBaur (120 pounds), Dominick Serrano (132) and Isaiah Salazar (182) — advanced Friday night to the state tournament finals at the Pepsi Center with an opportunity for each to win a third consecutive individual title Saturday. Their coach responded with a confident nod.

“We’re what we are supposed to be on paper,” Trusty said. “But there’s a lot of wrestling left.”

Windsor, the defending Class 4A team champion, finished Friday in third place with 133 points entering the finals behind the heroics of its juggernaut trio.

“I think there are a lot more similarities than differences (between them),” Trusty said. “They wrestle year-round. That’s what they’re pursuing post-high school, and they’ve done it their whole lives. They’re just really good all-around people.”

VomBaur (40-2), a senior committed to the Air Force Academy, jump-started the push with a fall in 4:55 over Cheyenne Mountain’s Chase Johnson. VomBauer dominated from start to finish and didn’t allow a single point before the pin.

“Will has been a steady staple of our program since his freshman year,” Trusty said. “He doesn’t say a word. He leads by example and action.”

Said VomBaur: “As far as a buffer of points goes, I try not to think about that. We’re in the race for a team title, and I’m not going to hang on just to save my energy. Points matter.”

Serrano (41-0), a junior committed to Nebraska, furthered Windsor’s run toward a repeat title with a 7-0 victory over Pueblo East’s Jace Trujillo. Serrano dealt with the reopening a cut above his brow in the quarterfinals that  required six stitches, then endured multiple stoppages in the semifinals because of nose bleeds.

“I just try not to notice it,” Serrano said beneath a white bandage, with blood smears on his chin and neck. “I have laser vision on my opponent. I don’t have any distractions. It’s just me and him on the mat.”

Salazar (42-0), a junior undecided about his college future, kept it rolling with a technical fall at 4:40 over Air Academy’s Brady Badwound. Salazar relishes the pressure of defending his title once again.

“It just gives me the energy to keep going,” Salazar said. “It makes me want to get out there and put on a show.”

The bond between Windsor’s dynamic threesome is truly one of a kind.

“We’re all so close,” Serrano said. “We’ve known each other since we were little growing up together. It’s just amazing. They’re my brothers and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.”

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Colorado state wrestling tournament’s final day will feature 2 girls for the first time

For the first time in Colorado history, a state wrestling tournament podium could see some serious girl power.

A pair of female wrestlers, Angel Rios of Valley and Jaslynn Gallegos of Skyview, have advanced to Saturday’s third round of consolations at the 2019 CHSAA state wrestling tourney — making it the first time, in the 84th year of the event, that more than one girl competitor was still in contention for a podium at the start of the tournament’s final day.

“When you’re looking at Jaslynn Gallegos and Angel Rios, you can’t say that they’re ‘good wrestlers for girls,’ ” CHSAA assistant commissioner Ernie Dererra told The Post. “Those two girls are good wrestlers. They didn’t get here by accident. And it’s not surprising to anybody who’s been following the sport that those two girls have put themselves in the positions to place.”

Rios defeated Casteus Combs of Sterling, 9-0, in the second round of consolations early Friday evening at the Pepsi Center — while a few mats and several yards away, Skyview’s Gallegos topped Alex Castaneda of Eaton, 9-5.

“It’s truly grown as a sport,” said Rios, who earlier this month became the first female wrestler in state history to win a regional. “But there’s not many girls that would compete with the boys, so I feel like it takes us to a different level.”

Rios is scheduled to face Brendan Johnston from The Classical Academy out of Colorado Springs on Saturday morning for the right to take on Trevor Torrez of Pagosa Springs. This winner of Rios-Johnston would be guaranteed no worse than a sixth-place finish.

No girl has ever placed in the Colorado state tournament, and Johnston has declined to wrestle Rios three times already — taking a forfeit on each occasion — this season, citing personal and religious reasons.

Rios, who defeated Sheridan’s James Cordova, 8-5, Friday morning in her first consolation test, said Johnston isn’t the “only (boy) that has forfeited on me before. I mean, it kind of sucks, but at the same time, it’s what they choose to do and I have no control over it.”

Johnston topped Elijah Kitchens of Estes Park, 19-7, in his opening consolation matchup early Friday evening. The senior had forfeited his first match Thursday against Gallegos, whom he also declined to wrestle. Johnston’s trip to the state tournament as a junior last winter also ended on a self-induced forfeit when he declined to wrestle Conifer’s Cayden Condit in the first round of the consolation bracket.

Like Rios, Gallegos had the option of competing in the postseason against either sex, and opted for the traditional tourney path.

“I’m pretty used to it,” Gallegos said. “I’ve always been recognized as this good girl wrestler. And I just want to be recognized as a good wrestler in general, you know? This is my time to prove that I’m just a wrestler.”

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