Hotchkiss grapplers improve to No. 4 in 2A

By Eric Goold

Hotchkiss grapplers improve to No. 4 in 2A | Wrestling, HHS

Photo by Eric Goold Last week's edition of the DCI contained a picture of a Hotchkiss wrestler who was incorrectly identified as Colton Cordova. The above photo is the same as last week, but the wrestler on top is Kayden Owens. We apologize for the error.

The Hotchkiss High School wrestlers keep improving.

The Bulldogs moved up to No. 4 in 2A according to the recent CHSAA online poll.

The Bulldogs are behind defending champion Rocky Ford, Centauri and Meeker, respectively.

Norwood/Nucla has moved to No. 5 and Paonia slipped to No. 6.

The Bulldogs had a dual at Olathe last Thursday and were at the Central Tournament on Saturday.

With two weeks to go until the state tournament, Hotchkiss hopes to peak at the right time and send as many grapplers to Denver as possible.

Olathe 39, Bulldogs 35

Hotchkiss visited its neighbors in Olathe and the dual had to be decided by tiebreakers.

The dual started at the 152-pound weight class, where Olathe's Jacob Jimenez won by pinfall. Trent Rose (170), Chayden Harris (195), Cody Frantz (220), Felix Pena (heavyweight) and Rosalio Garcia (145) all posted pin wins for the Pirates.

The Bulldogs responded with big wins from the lower weight classes, where Hotchkiss has a lot of depth and talent. Sergio Ramos continued his great season for Hotchkiss with a 17-1 technical fall victory at 106 pounds.

Chris Lovato won for Hotchkiss with a pin at 120. Colton Hall followed with a 4-3 decision win at 126. Colton DeLuzio was next for the Bulldogs with a 6-1 decision in the 132 weight class. At 138, Bulldogs standout Chase Hiatt won by pin.

Wade Katzdorn recorded a pin to win the 170 class and Kevin Chavez won at 182 by forfeit, but it would not be enough for the Bulldogs, who lost the tiebreaker when 3A Olathe recorded more total pins to win the dual.

Valley Classic

A week after placing five wrestlers in the finals of the Screamin' Eagle tournament, Hotchkiss placed four wrestlers into the finals of the Valley Classic at Center last weekend.

Sergio Campos (106 pounds), Colton Hall (126), Wade Katzdorn (160) and Kale Litzelman (170) all made it to the finals and finished second at the tournament.

Hotchkiss is at the Palisade Duals on Thursday.