After strong team and individual finishes at the Warrior Classic, Cedaredge, Paonia and Hotchkiss are in the top three spots, respectively, in the Class 2A On the Mat team rankings heading into the new year. That could make for an interesting run for the Region 1 title on Feb. 9-10.
Of Cedaredge's 10 ranked wrestlers, Trey Geyer (120), Sean Dale (126), and Taj Van der Linde (220) are ranked second. Three ranked Bruins wrestlers, Sam Campbell (106), Geyer and Derek Sanchez (285) are freshman.
Ten Paonia wrestlers are ranked 10th or higher, with Sackett Chesnik holding on to the No. 1 spot at 138 after taking silver at the Warrior. Grey Neal (152) is ranked second and Jaden Miller (195) and Cyrus Malek-Madani (20) are ranked third.
Nine Hotchkiss wrestlers made the list. Landen Mayberry (106) and Sergio Campos (120) remain first in their weight divisions, and at 195 pounds, Devin Curtis moved up from fifth to second.
Hotchkiss will dual at Cedaredge at 6 p.m. Friday. All three 2A teams wrestle Saturday at the Eagle Valley tournament. Delta also wrestles in Eagle Valley Saturday.
Delta comes in at 14th in Class 3A On the Mat rankings heading into the new year.
In Region 1 the Panthers are ranked fifth behind Valley, Alamosa, Buena Vista and Pagosa Springs.
The Panthers' seven ranked wrestlers are ranked in the top four in the region.
The adjacent chart shows each Delta County team and its wrestlers' current rankings.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.