The Bulldogs placed eight wrestlers and earned two championships and 139 points to finish third Saturday at the 51st annual Rob Mickel wrestling tournament at Salida. Del Norte earned 195.5 points to win the 19-team tournament.
Hotchkiss ended the weekend with a 6-3 overall record after a disappointing 15-point loss to Meeker Friday and a win at Rangely.
The Bulldogs couldn't get traction in Friday's loss to Meeker (4-2 overall, 0-0 2A Western Slope League).
The Lady Bulldogs are demonstrating that they are a serious contender in the 2A Western Slope conference. Hotchkiss posted a one-point win at Rangely Saturday.
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.