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Bruins win 30th annual Panther Invitational

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Photo by Tamie Meck The Cedaredge wrestling team won its third consecutive Panther Invitational Wrestling Tournament title Saturday at Delta High School. The Bruins had 10 placers and four tournament champions.

For the third consecutive year, the Cedaredge Bruins won the team title at the annual Delta Panther Invitational wrestling tournament.

The Bruins won four championships. At 126, sophomore Trey Geyer (8-1) had three pins for the day, winning the title match by fall (3:31) over Delta's Ben Koch (6-2).

At 126, Sean Dale upped his record to 10-0 for the season, winning his second straight Panther title on a 4-2 decision over Johnny Masopoust (8-1) of Florence.

Senior 220 Taj Van der Linde (6-2) won his second straight Panther title with a fall over Asa Grice (4-6) of Grand Valley. Derek Sanchez won the 285 round robin bracket, pinning his three opponents in a total mat time of 4 minutes, 43 seconds, ending the tournament on a pin over Basalt's Ernesto Lopez (7-2) in 1:16.

Also in a round robin bracket, Lane Hunsberger (106, 8-3) placed third, winning one match by a 10-2 major decision over Ty Geodert (6-2) of Meeker and ending the five-round bracket on pins over Anthony Scanlon of Hotchkiss in 55 seconds and Ku Htoo of Delta in 1:52.

Brian Hoerr (138, 3-2) placed fourth, and Austin Crawford (160, 6-5) was seeded 13th and placed fourth.

Placing fifth were Lucas Hoerr (113, 2-8), AJ Robidoux (120, 6-4), and Toby Waddell (182, 3-2). Head coach Cutter Garrison said the tournament was the first matches for Waddell, who is coming back from an injury. "He's a little rusty, but it's early," said Garrison. Several of what he called "those mid-range wrestlers" at the tournament are working their way back into shape. "We'll keep chipping away at the rust and getting better as a team."

This is the 30th year Delta has hosted the tournament, which attracted a total 120 wrestlers representing 13 Class 2A and 3A competitors. Due to low numbers at 106, 113, and 285 pounds, those weights competed in a round robin bracket this year.

The Bruins had the most pins for the tournament with 16, followed by Hotchkiss, whose nine wrestlers had 15 pins, and Delta with 11 pins.

Senior Landen Mayberry of Hotchkiss (120) made the most pins in the least time, pinning four opponents in 8 minutes, 10 seconds. Mayberry's teammate Ethan Guy recorded the meet's fastest pin, defeating a Coal Ridge wrestler in 23 seconds.

Most technical falls in the least amount of time went to Paonia senior Sackett Chesnik, who had two technical falls in 2:15. Chesnik also scored the second most match points with 39.

Photo by Tamie Meck Bruins sophomore Trey Geyer was named Outstanding Wrestler for lower weights (106-145 pounds) at the Delta Panther Invitational. Geyer won all three of his matches by fall on his way to the 126-pound title.
Photo by Tamie Meck Anthony Miller of Paonia wins the consolation semifinal round at 182 pounds with a pin over Toby Waddell of Cedaredge at the Panther Invitational. Miller finished fourth overall and Waddell placed fifth.
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