Another wrestling season is underway and that means another Delta Invitational Wrestling Tournament has taken place. Delta hosted a 12-team tournament last Saturday at Delta High School.
Seven teams posted scores of 100 points or more, with Cedaredge's Bruins claiming the team title with 197 points. Hotchkiss was next with 193.5 points followed by host school Delta with 161. Meeker's Cowboys placed fourth with 154.5 points and Paonia was fifth with its 137 points. Completing the list of 100-plus points were the teams from Buena Vista (132) and Rifle (102).
The number of points scored by Cedaredge came without a single champion being crowned at the day-long tournament. The Bruins had three second-place finishes, four third-place winners, a single fourth-place finisher and three fifth places.
Cedaredge's second-place finishes came at 106 pounds (Ryan Imhoff), 160 pounds (Zach Anderson) and 195 pounds (Tre' LaBossiere).
The four third-place winners were Sean Dale (126), David Schipmann (138), Jerad Hulteen (152) and Taj Van Der Linde at 285.
Tory Wilson placed fourth at 220 pounds.
Cedaredge's fifth-place winners were Brian Hoerr (113), Colton Hoerr (145) and Toby Waddell at 170 pounds.
Hotchkiss' Bulldogs occupied the first-place spot the most often during award ceremonies. The Bulldogs had four wrestlers who stood in first place at the end of the day. Landen Mayberry earned his first-place medal with a win over Cedaredge's Imhoff at 106.
The tournament's top 132-pounder was Hotchkiss' Colton Hall who pinned Rifle's Colt Rohrig in 1:17 in the title match.
At 160 pounds, Hotchkiss' Wade Katzdorn earned his title with a pin over the Bruins' Anderson.
Second place medals were earned by Sergio Campos at 113 pounds after falling to Grand Valley's AJ Serna, 4-3; Kaden Murray-Owens (170) lost his championship bid by way of a pin to Rifle's Alex Cordova; and Parker Katzdorn lost to Paonia's Miller 5-0 at 182 pounds.
After defeating Delta's Sam Komives, the Bulldogs' Devin Curtis placed third and Kevin Chavez was third in the 220-pound division.
The Bulldogs' Jamal Helm fell to Rifle's Conrad Demann in the third-place match at 120 pounds and Presley Pene won a coin toss at 126 (Rifle's Talon Cordova) to finish fifth.
A brief discussion with Cedaredge coach Cutter Garrison indicated how hard the Bruins have worked to reach the status they now have.
"We knew we were capable of winning the tournament ... even if we had to come in the back door. We didn't have a first-place winner in the tournament. We believe in ourselves and it's a great honor to win this tournament. I keep telling the kids, in order to win you have to have takedowns."
Host school Delta had a pair of first place finishes with Chance Dillingham at 152 and Logan Church at 285. Dillingham pinned Buena Vista's Jackson Baroni in the 152-pound match and Church pinned Meeker's Tyler IIgen (4:37).
Two other Panthers battled for first-place medals. Logan Mayberry (120) had some solid work against Grand Valley's JT Latham but eventually lost by a fall to finish second. Kole Roberts started strong but also lost by pinfall to Meeker's Sheridan Harvey at 145.
Joining Komives with a fourth-place finish at 195 was Delta's 182-pounder Livan Santander who lost by fall (2:22) to Coal Ridge's Jacx Power.
Delta's Cody Sauve advanced to the semifinal round at 138 but lost to Paonia's Sackett Ches-nik to fall into the losers' bracket. Sauve lost to Meeker's Frantz in the semifinal round of consolation matches landing in the fifth-place bout against Grand Valley's Nate Chapman. Sauve defeated Chapman 16-15 to place fifth.
Jacob Wear lost to the tournament's eventual 170-pound champion in the semifinals and landed in the consolation bracket where he faced Basalt's Alex Alberto where he lost a 5-4 decision. The loss placed him against Cedaredge's Waddell in the consolation finals where he earned a fall at 2:34 for fifth place.
Sixth-place finishes went to the Panthers' Brendon Starr (152) and Drake Horn (160).
Delta coach Clayton Curtis wasn't overly disappointed with the tournament's results for his Panthers. "To place third in a tournament like this where there were so many teams scoring 100 points or more is an accomplishment. I'm pleased overall, though there were a couple of tough final rounds where we wanted to score more. I was a little bit disappointed in that we couldn't fill all the weight classes and we still made mistakes that we want to work on correcting."
The Eagles don't have the firepower they had last year but they are far from out in any wrestling event they attend.
The Eagles used upper weight matches to earn their two first-place finishes.
Jaden Miller dominated his opponents throughout the day on his way to the 182-pound title. He drew a first round bye and met Basalt's Thomas Wirth in the second round. Miller scored a fall at 1:13 of the first period to advance to semifinal round action against Coal Ridge's Jacx Power. Miller dispatched Power with a pin at 4:47 to reach the title match against Hotchkiss' Parker Katzdorn.
Miller wasn't as dominate against Katzdorn but scored a 5-0 win in a hard fought match to win the 182-pound title.
Trevor Smith's run through the 220-pound division was truly dominate. He scored pins in each of his matches recording times of 17 and 19 seconds, 1:53 and 2:22.
Sackett Chesnik wasn't able to wear down Buena Vista's Anthony Quintana and lost a 3-2 decision in the 138-pound title match.
Clay Campbell earned a third place finish at 145 with his pin (1:30) over Buena Vista's Toby Camp.
The 126-pound's third place match featured Paonia's Gabe Fergusson and Cedaredge's Sean Dale. Fergusson lost the match to finish fourth.
Eli Etter (132) and Levi Peterson (285) finished with fifth place medals on Saturday.
Etter defeated Durango's Tristan Martinez and Peterson scored a 2-1 decision over John Mall's Dylan Crump for his medal.
Cedaredge will be back on the mat on today (Dec. 14) at Basalt starting at 6 p.m.
All Delta County schools will take part in this weekend's (Dec. 16-17) Warrior Classic at Central High School.
No matches are scheduled until the new year, beginning on Jan. 4, 2017.