Cedaredge High School's wrestling coach is ever the optimist. No matter the situation, Cutter Garrison is the epitome of positive reinforcement.
The loss of several major wrestlers hasn't dampened his belief in the Bruins' abilities. "The Bruins' wrestling team will be competitive and a contender this season," stated Garrison.
Garrison, in his fifth season at Cedaredge, will use the knowledge of fifth-year assistants Bob Overturf and Jeremy McCracken and continue grooming second-year assistants Kris Nieto and Jason Robidoux.
The Bruins return plenty of quality athletes from last season's team with last year's state champions Trey Geyer (wrestling at 126 this season) and Sean Dale (wrestling at 132 this season) leading the way.
Adrian Nieto was fourth in 2018 with Taj VanderLinde finishing fifth and Toby Waddell sixth. Derek Sanchez was also a state qualifier for the Bruins.
Garrison is high on freshman Lane Hunsberger this year and expects him to be at the top of the list of wrestlers to watch who are expected to excel.
Wray, Rocky Ford and Paonia are, again, the top teams suspected of being destined for post-season success due to the number of returning wrestlers on each team.