After a lackluster showing at the Warrior Classic and a dual loss to Cedaredge last week, Hotchkiss rumbled to a tie for second place at Saturday's Eagle Valley Invitational.
The Bulldogs, who were open in three weight classes, had two championships, two second-place finishers and one fourth place to earn 140 points at the 18-team tournament; the host Eagle Valley Devils placed six wrestlers in the top four to earn 140 points.
Jesse Head pinned his way to a first-place finish at 138 pounds, putting away fourth-ranked Anthony Watt of Meeker in 1:57 for the championship.
Joe Boyle also claimed a tournament championship. Boyle, who started the season at 152 pounds, defeated fourth-ranked George Stagg of Grand Valley, 9-0, to advance to the 145-pound championship round. He defeated Ruben Chagoya of Basalt, 9-8, for the win.
Garrett Toothaker had two pins at 113 pounds to advance to the championship round, where he was pinned in 3:03 to top-seeded Tristin Pelloni of Meeker.
Senior heavyweight Zach Taylor is back on the mat after recovering from a football injury. Taylor pinned Austin Reed of Coal Ridge in 3:04 and defeated Steamboat Springs, 4-2, to advance to the finals.
Taylor placed second after losing by pinfall to Stephen Terrazas of West Grand.
Senior Tony Ibarra had to wrestle back to the finals after a first-round loss at 160 pounds to Isaac Bair of Grand Junction Central. Ibarra pinned his way to the third-place round, where he was defeated by North Park's Derrick Richard.
Tanner Bizer (126) opened with a loss by pin fall to Ty Morton of Cedaredge, then avenged last Thursday's loss to Beau Hebert of Cedaredge with a pin in 2:50. Bizer ended the tournament at 1-2.
The Bulldogs will dual the Eagles at Paonia this Thursday at 6 p.m., then head to Salida where they'll dual Payton on Friday.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs will compete at the 41st annual Rob Mickel Memorial.blog comments powered by Disqus