Hotchkiss upped its dual record to 7-5 Friday night with wins over Norwood and Meeker.
In the Bulldogs' 40-21 win over Meeker, Jace Peebles opened with an 11-3 major decision win over Jacob Shelton. At 195, Devin Curtis won by fall (1:11) over Ridge Williams. Presley Pene (126), Traycer Hall (132) and Kaleb Lovelace (146) also picked up six-point wins for Hotchkiss.
Meeker wrestlers won at three weights. At 160, James Amick won by fall (0:57) over Jake Lange. At 120, Jacob Pelloni won by a 14-7 decision over JD Miller. At 138, Christopher Strate won by fall (3:27) over Karsen Sommer.
Hotchkiss won by forfeit at 220 and 285 pounds; Meeker picked up a forfeit win at 170. Due to double forfeits, no points were awarded at 182, 106 and 113.
In the Bulldogs' 37-36 win over Norwood, the dual started at 170, but due to forfeits, the first match wrestled was at 120, with JD Miller winning by fall at 3:37 over Meeker's Zane Truelock to give Hotchkiss a 24-18 lead. In the longest match of the night, Pene (126) won over Norwood's Hunter Wilson in a 3-2 ultimate tiebreaker.
Traycer Hall won the 132-pound match by an 11-0 major decision over Norwood's Jace Sinks.
James Franklin picked up the first win for Norwood, winning by fall (1:28) over Karsen Sommer. Maverick Riley Wilson followed at 145 with a fall at 2:40 over Lovelace. Peebles won the 152-pound match with a 32-second fall over Broc Joseph to secure the dual win for Hotchkiss. Norwood's Aidan Dabal (160) won the final match, pinning Lange in 1:44.
Between the two matches, Norwood defeated Meeker, 39-22.
The Bulldogs compete this Friday at the Kortney Lake Duals at Center. Ten teams are anticipated at the duals, which are named after Kortney Lake, an all-American wrestler for Adams State who died from esophageal cancer in 2006.
On Saturday, Hotchkiss competes in the annual Valley Classic at Center.
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.