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Screamin' Eagle this Saturday

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The annual Screamin' Eagle wrestling tournament returns to Paonia High School this Saturday.

Twenty-two teams, including Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Olathe, registered for the tournament.

At least 10 of the teams compete in Class 2A. Not all of the schools will bring full teams, said head coach Nate Wiggins.

The tournament will feature four mats, split between the main and auxiliary gymnasiums. While that means some running back and forth, it makes it safer for wrestlers by keeping the mats away from the walls, said Wiggins.

On Friday night Paonia will dual West Grand at 6 p.m.

The Screamin' Eagles Peewee tournament, featuring pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade wrestlers from throughout the county and the region, happens all day Sunday. "We usually get about 400 kids," said Wiggins.

During both tournaments the Paonia High School class of 2018 will be selling raffle tickets for a 20- and a 110-quart Yeti cooler. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10. (Tickets will also be sold at Friday night's dual and at the Paonia-Hotchkiss basketball games on Thursday.)

The drawing happens Sunday during the peewee tournament, and winners need not be present.

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