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Bruins' Dale wins third tournament title

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Photo by Tamie Meck Cedaredge's Sean Dale controls Zeb Etter of Paonia in the 126-pound championship match. Dale, who is ranked second in the state, won by fall over Etter, who is ranked eighth. Both wrestlers are sophomores.

Nine Cedaredge wrestlers finished in the top four at the Screaming Eagle wrestling tournament.

The Bruins sent five into the championship match. Wrestling at 126 pounds, Sean Dale (27-3) posted his third tournament win of the season, advancing to the championship match on a 5-0 decision over Presley Pene (13-8) of Hotchkiss. Dale won by fall over Zeb Etter of Paonia for the title.

Wrestling at 113 pounds, freshman Adrian Nieto (11-3) was seeded second and took silver on an 8-0 loss to top-10 ranked Grady Nickolaus (16-3) of Montrose.

In the 145 division, David Schippman pinned his way to the championship match, where he lost by fall to Paonia senior Clay Campbell.

In the upper weights, junior Taj Van der Linde (23-6), ranked second by On the Mat at 220, lost in the championship round to No. 1-ranked Sky Carlson of Soroco by a 5-0 decision.

Heavyweight wrestler Derek Sanchez (13-11) also took silver on a loss to 4A Palisade.

Colton Hoerr (25-12) placed third in the 152-pound division. Hoerr's opening round, 19-second fall over Montrose was the second-shortest match of the tournament.

Alex McCracken (132, 22-7) was 5-1 for the day and placed fourth under the five-match rule. Currently ranked fifth in the state, in quarterfinals McCracken defeated No. 7-ranked Jace Sinks of Norwood by an 11-7 decision.

Cedaredge wrestlers scored 21 wins by fall in a total of 38 minutes, 55 seconds, giving them the distinction of having the most pins for the tournament.

Paonia and Palisade both won 20 matches by fall.

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