The Paonia Eagles earned 215 points, placed 11 wrestlers and claimed two championships to win the annual Montrose Invitational.
Morgan Rieder won at 189 pounds, and Myles Cumpston pinned his way to the championship round at 220, pinning Josh Karnath of Evergreen for the title.
Placing second were Josh Altman (106), Jesse Reed (113), and Adrian Lopez (138).
Altman and Reed, both freshmen, faced Olathe wrestlers in the championship round — Altman against Austin Shank and Reed against Trenton Piatt. For Altman, it was his third time this season to lose to Shank, a freshman who is ranked seventh in 3A competition. For Reed, who was 3-1 for the tournament, it was his second time to face Piatt, who placed third at state in 2011 and came into the season ranked first.
Lopez also faced an old haunt, losing in a 5-2 decision to Dylon Thompson of Grand Junction High School. The 5A wrestler is ranked second in state and has handed Lopez half of his losses this season, all by decision, including a close, 2-3 win in the quarterfinal round of the Warrior Classic.
Placing third were Dustin Braslin (145), Kyler Bear (160), and Tony Darling (285). Darling's only loss was to Casey Childs of Olathe in the second round. Now 15-4, three of Darling's losses this season have been to Childs. Ty Coats (132), William Austin (170) and Joel Simianer (195) placed fourth.
In week four of On the Mat rankings, the Eagles remain at No. 1, followed by Baca County and Rocky Ford. Individuals and their rankings are: Altman, 6th; Reed, 4th; 126 Cody Clawson, 9th; Coats, 3rd; Lopez, 1st; Braslin, 3rd; 152 Jorge Quinonez, 6th; Bear, 6th; Austin, 6th; Rieder, 4th; Cumpston, 3rd; Darling, 6th.
Paonia has a busy week ahead. The team duals Hotchkiss this Thursday, at Hotchkiss (see related story), host Cedaredge on Friday at 6 p.m., and will compete at the Palisade tournament Saturday.