While dozens of wrestling duals and tournaments were canceled last week due to heavy snowfall throughout the region, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs managed to make the triangular dual with Palisade and Rangely Thursday night at Palisade. But they will have to make up for missing Saturday's Centauri team duals at La Jara.
At Palisade the Bulldogs opened with a 16-50 dual loss to Meeker, which has been in the No. 2 spot in Class 2A On the Mat team rankings all season.
With Hotchkiss open at 152, 160 and 170, the Bulldogs fronted the Cowboys 18 points; there were no matches at 182 and 195.
The Bulldogs wrestled to three wins. At 106 pounds, Jake Hubbell won by major decision, and at 120, Bulldog freshman Colton Deluzio pinned Calvin Shepherd, a 15-13 senior for the Cowboys, in 1 minute flat for the win. At 220 pounds, Tristen Todd won by forfeit.
In the Bulldogs' 58-15 loss to Palisade, Hubbell ended the week at 17-1 after a 10-5 loss to Randen Espinoza (33-3), ranked third in Class 4A by On the Mat.
Toothaker won by a 7-1 decision over Palisade.
Junior Mitch McCurdy (138), who lost by pinfall to 21-6 junior J.C. Henderson of Meeker, ended the day with a pin (2:27) over Palisade junior, Quintin Day. Todd pinned 14-2 freshman Caleb Brown in 1:43 to end the week at 18-15 overall.
The Bulldogs fronted Palisade 30 points on forfeits (152, 160, 170, 182, 195).
This is the final week of wrestling before the Feb. 14-15 regional tournaments. The Bulldogs already had a full week scheduled, including a dual against the Panthers at Delta High School tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. This is their second dual of the season. On Jan. 25, Delta won over Hotchkiss at the Rifle Duals, 63-17.
They travel to Gunnison (0-10) Thursday. Matches will be held at Western State Colorado University and before the college team's dual against Adams State. Gunnison has winning records at 113 (Justin O'Dell, 18-0, who has twice this season pinned Toothaker in the second round), 138, 145 and 152.
On Saturday the Bulldogs will make up for matches missed at Centauri by competing at the Norwood tournament, which was already on the junior varsity squad's schedule.
This Western Slope Region 1 tournament will be held Feb. 14 and 15 at Middle Park High School.
The top four placers in each weight division advance to the state tournament, Feb. 20-22, in Denver.blog comments powered by Disqus