Delta County should feel proud that one of their own did so well this year during the middle school wrestling season. Cedaredge Middle School began the season with quite a bit of new talent to complement the returning wrestlers.
With the coaching staff of head coach Kent Salyer, volunteer coach Dave Toothaker and parent volunteer Jeremy McCracken, these boys finished the season with consistent second places at each tournament they attended, mere points away from first each time.
Five years ago, Rocky Mountain Nationals began holding the Colorado Middle School State tournament. It is even harder than the high school state wrestling tournament because the middle schools are not ranked by size but designated by region.
At the regional tournament in Fruita on March 23, Cedaredge Middle School, led by Dave Toothaker, took 18 young men to test their mettle. This was the largest regional tournament in the state with over 40 teams and Cedaredge did not disappoint. They placed 15 kids to go on to wrestle at the state tournament in Denver. The team also placed second, just three points behind Hotchkiss.
The state tournament hosted 151 middle schools across the state with the top eight placers from each weight class. The Cedaredge team worked their tails off and placed in the top 10 teams. Three wrestlers, Brandon O'Hern, Ryker Holder, and Austin Meyers made it into the top 12 of their 64-man brackets and one wrestler, Tre' LaBossiere, made it to the finals round in his 32-man bracket. He took home second place and ended his middle school wrestling career with this awesome reminder of just how tough he can be with the right motivation.
This would not have been possible without all of the support this team received from the community and family members. The Colorado Middle School regional and state tournaments are not sponsored by the school district so the team was on its own to come up with funds that would allow it to attend these tournaments. As Ed Gutierrez said, "In a conversation with Tim Yount at this year's Colorado high school state finals at the Pepsi Center, he was sure to mention that, without fail, the wrestlers who place at this particular tournament went on to have an impact immediately entering their freshman season in his rankings and fared well in the high school state tournament."
Finally, a huge thank you to our largest financial supporters: The Slope Wrestling Club, the Toothaker family, the Salyer family, Oxbow Mine, and Short Branch Liquors. Without you we would not have been able to give these wrestlers the opportunity to go so far and have such success.blog comments powered by Disqus