The Cedaredge Bruins scored 233 points to finish second Saturday at the Class 3A Region 1 wrestling tournament at Middle Park High school. The Bruins qualified 11 wrestlers for the state tournament, which opens tomorrow in Denver.
Cedaredge sent six wrestlers to the finals and claimed one championship. At 285 pounds, junior Mario Madaleno finished the tournament with a 26-8 record. Madaleno pinned wrestlers from Moffat County (0:35) and Olathe (1:21) to advance to the championship round, where he pinned Justin Halley of Middle Park in 2:56.
At 106, No. 2-seed Wyatt Toothaker was pinned (2:40) by Jake Hubbell of Hotchkiss to place second. Senior 138 Peter Williamson (36-6), also seeded second, pinned his first two opponents in under a minute and advanced to the championship round on a 6-4 win over Middle Park. Williamson lost by an 11-3 major decision to top-seeded senior Brayden Peterson of Moffat County.
Sophomore Landon Eckhart (26-7) lost by pinfall (1:05) in the 195-pound championship match to No. 1-ranked senior, Keegan Wentz of Buena Vista.
The Bruins were in a close race with Olathe for the team title until the finals. The Pirates pulled ahead in the finals, scoring 269 points for the win. Cedaredge finished in second place with 233 points, and Buena Vista was third with 173.5 points at the 12-team tournament.
At 120, Austin Todd (30-7) lost to Trenton Piatt (31-0) of Olathe. Pirate Emmanuel Barba won at 126 pounds with a 3-2 win over Jacob Ostrom.
Senior Ty Morton will make his first state appearance after defeating Wade Katzdorn of Hotchkiss by decision to place third at 145 pounds.
Also placing fourth to qualify for state were Alejandro Alejandre (20-12, 170), Brian Leahy (182, 22-14) and Garrett Humble (30-10, 220).
At 152 pounds, Zach Anderson (13-13) is the sole freshman to qualify for state. Anderson placed fifth and won by injury default in wrestle-backs to place fourth.
Five of the 11 wrestlers, including sophomores Todd and Ostrom, and seniors Leahy, Alejandre and Williamson, are returning state qualifiers.
Cedaredge has produced four state champions since the tournament began in 1936, the last being Mark Brown (125) in 1996, according to the Colorado High School Activities Association.blog comments powered by Disqus