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Photo courtesy Dave Mills and family Members of Delta High School's wrestling team pose with the second-place team trophy from last weekend's 3A Region 4 tournament held in Montrose. Olathe won the tournament with a last-match pin to outscore the Panthers

Delta High School's wrestling team held a 15-point lead over Moffat County after the first day of competition in the 3A Region 4 tournament in Montrose. The Panthers, in fact, led up until the final match of the day between Olathe's Felix Pena and the Panthers' Logan Church in the 285-pound division. Pena controlled Church in the third period of the title bout.

Pena had a 7-4 lead before pinning Church at the 5:35 mark of the contest.

The win by Pena enabled the Pirates to overtake Delta to win the team title, 203.5-198.

Even though the Panthers finished second, they will send nine wrestlers to state this week in Denver. The Pirates are sending eight.

Olathe's first-place finishers include Elias Ramirez-113, Jacob Jimenez-152, Chayden Harris-195 and Pena at 285. Second-place went to Andrew Godfrey at 126.

The Pirates had two third-place finishers, Clay Yarnell-120 and Trent Rose-170. Olathe's Caleb Jolley finished fourth.

The Panthers finished the regionals with two champions, three second-places, one third and two fourth placers.

Delta's two regional champions are 138-pounder Shaun Staats (32-11) and 170-pounder Kory Mills who has a 36-5 record. Staats pinned Bayfield's Taylor Winch (2:42) for the 138-pound title and Mills had to extend his match with Moffat County's Mikinzie Klimper to a sudden victory period and a 6-4 decision.

Luke Anderson (34-10) fell to Grand Valley's Anthony Serna, 4-1, in the 106-pound title match to place second.

At 152, Chance Dillingham (24-9) lost, by pin, (1:12) to Olathe's Jacob Jimenez in the title match.

In Delta's lone third-place match Kole Roberts (32-12) came back through the consolation bracket to score a technical fall, 15-0, over Cortez's Sonny Boren at the 1:54 mark.

Sam Komives (13-19), wrestling at 182, had to come back through wrestlebacks and defeat Colton Castro of Pagosa Springs, 9-5, to earn his fourth-place finish and a trip to state.

Livan Santander (20-15) lost a third-place bid after a loss to Jaden Hinger of Pagosa Springs in the 195-pound division.

The top four in each weight division will enter this week's, Feb. 18-20, state tournament held at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Photo courtesy Dave Mills and family Delta senior Shaun Staats has wrestled well all season long and his efforts paid off after winning the 138-pound weight class at last weekend’s 3A Region 4 tournament held in Montrose. Staats helped the Panthers finish second as a team.
Photo courtesy Dave Mills and family Kory Mills is awaiting the whistle to begin wrestling Moffat County’s Mikinzie Klimper in the 170-pound class in Region 4 action in Montrose. Mills scored a sudden victory win, 6-4, in the first period.
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