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Church wins TOC title at 285 in Vernal, Utah

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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta's Logan Church (top) is one of the top wrestlers at 285 on the western slope. Church has been flawless in 19 matches with no losses so far this season. Delta's Panthers ventured out of the state last weekend to participate in th

Delta High School's wrestling week began on Thursday, Jan. 5. The Panthers were in Rifle for a triangular meet where they fell to the Bears, 37-36 on a tie-breaker. Friday and Saturday were spent in Vernal, Utah competing in the 20-team Tournament of Champions. Grand Junction won that tournament.

Rifle 37, Delta 36

Each team won six matches by pinfall. A one-minute riding time tie-breaker went to the Bears providing them with the victory, 37-36.

A double-forfeit at 106 started the evening. Rifle won the next four matches (113, 120, 126 and 132) before the Panthers got back into the match with a pin at 138 from Roger Burns, Kole Roberts' forfeit win at 145 and Chance Dillingham's pin at 152.

Rifle picked up pins at 160 and 170 before Livan Santander's pin at 182 started a three-pin run. Sam Komives won the 195-pound match with the 220-pound slot a double forfeit. Logan Church ended the match with his pin and a 36-36 tie.

Delta Panthers

Delta's Panthers were in Utah for the annual Tournament of Champions in Vernal on Jan. 6 and 7. Grand Junction High School won the tournament and had several wrestlers earning titles.

Delta had four wrestlers place in the prestigious tournament. The Panthers' top performer was junior Logan Church who won the 285-pound division with a 5-2 decision over Duschesne, Utah, wrestler Aaron Veruzco. Both Church and Verduzco were unbeaten coming into the match. Church is 19-0 following last weekend's competition.

The Panthers had a pair of fourth place finishes with Kole Roberts pinning Duschesne's Matt Taylor in the 145-pound division. At 152 pounds, Chance Dillingham decisioned Worland's (Wyoming) Travis Tatkenhorst, 11-7. Roberts stands at 12-5 on the season while Dillingham is 17-4.

Kylar Massano picked up an eighth place finish at 132 after a loss to Moffat County's Ethan Powers.

The Panthers host Palisade on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. and are in Florence Jan. 13-14.

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