The Cedaredge Bruins sent three wrestlers into the championship round at Saturday's Delta Panther Wrestling Tournament and came out with three champions. The Bruins scored 158 points to finish third at the nine-team tournament.
"That was a big deal," said head coach Ted Schanen. "I think we had three individual champions in the last four years and we got three in one day."
Schanen said he knew he had a good dual team — the Bruins are 5-1 — but wasn't sure until Saturday how they would do in a tournament.
Two Bruins beat out wrestlers from Delta for the championship. Both wrestlers remain undefeated this season.
Junior Wyatt Toothaker defeated Delta freshman Luke Anderson by a 3-2 decision for the 106-pound championship. Toothaker rode out the last two rounds and didn't panic, said Schanen, who has worked with Anderson in the past and has seen his competitive side.
At 138 pounds, Peter Williamson won by a 3-0 decision over Panther junior Daryan Urquhart for the championship. "He was in pretty good control through-out the match," said Schanen.
Williamson, a returning state qualifier, remains undefeated heading into this weekend's Warrior Classic at Grand Junction.
"Winning those close ones was huge," said Schanen.
Garrett Humble scored late in the 220-pound match to upset Joel Simianer of Paonia by a 6-3 decision for the championship.
Beau Hebert (132) and Landon Eckhart (195) placed third. Eckhart, a sophomore, pinned Paonia freshman Trevor Smith in 1:56 in the final round to place third.
In his first matches of the season, sophomore Austin Todd wrestled back from a semifinal loss to Josh Altman of Paonia to place fourth at 120 pounds. Todd, a state qualifier his freshman year, is recovering from a broken arm and was released to wrestle late last week, in time to wrestle at this week's Warrior Classic, where as a freshman he finished fifth in a 30-man bracket.
Jake Ostrom also placed fourth after a semifinal major decision loss to David Brown of Delta.
At 182 pounds, Brian Leahy lost, 10-3, to Logan Schopp of Paonia, and pinned Francisco Acosta of Coal Ridge in 1:22 to place fifth in the tournament.
Freshman Brandon O'Hern placed sixth at 152 pounds.
At 285, Mario Madaleno lost in semifinals to another Paonia wrestler, Tony Darling.
Madaleno lost to junior Jose Prado of Rifle to place fourth.
"We're starting to make progress," said Schanen, whose roster includes eight freshmen and five sophomores. The Bruins' sole dual loss was to Paonia at the CMU Duals.
Last Friday the gym was packed when Cedaredge won, 75-6, over Basalt. "A couple of years back we would have been on the opposite side of the score," said Schanen.blog comments powered by Disqus