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Delta County matmen fare well at Screamin' Eagle

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Photo by Tamie Meck The Paonia Eagles scored 232.5 points to win the Screamin' Eagle tournament at Paonia High School. Clay Campbell (front center) was voted Most Valuable Wrestler by coaches.

The three participating Delta County wrestling teams placed multiple wrestlers and produced champions Saturday at the annual Screaming Eagle tournament. Twenty-one teams and about 170 wrestlers competed at the annual tournament. Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia combined to win five weight divisions, and place 29 wrestlers.

Paonia scored 232.5 points to win the tournament. Cedaredge placed nine wrestlers in the top four and scored 194 points to place second. Hotchkiss won two championships and scored 152.5 points to finish fifth.

Palisade, coached by Paonia High School graduate and state champion Tanner Ridgway, placed third with 190 points, and Montrose scored 164 points to place fourth.

Paonia's Campbell outstanding wrestler

Paonia wrestlers placed in eight weight divisions and won at two weights.

Clay Campbell had an outstanding day, winning the 145-pound title on a fall over Cedaredge's David Schipmann. Coaches also voted Campbell the tournament's outstanding wrestler. It was Campbell's third tournament win of the season.

Campbell (32-5) has won 30 matches by fall. On Saturday he wrestled a total of 4 minutes, 6 seconds. In that time he scored 34 team points -- the most scored by any wrestler, and was the only wrestler to win all of his matches by fall. His 17-second win over Palisade was the third-shortest match of the tournament.

"Clay is really dominant," said head coach Nate Wiggins. "He probably earned that O.W. He's hard to stop."

Sophomore Grey Neal narrowly defeated Austin Bernal of Palisade to win the 152-pound title. At December's Warrior Classic, Bernal defeated Neal in a 3-1 sudden victory decision in quarterfinals. Paonia wrestlers have dealt with Bernal for several years, said Wiggins. And while Campbell beat him in eighth grade, "He's beaten so many wrestlers on our team," said Wiggins. "He's a really solid kid."

Winning silver was Zeb Etter (126, 15-13), a top-10 ranked sophomore who lost to No. 2 ranked Cedaredge sophomore Sean Dale in the championship match. At 138, No. 1 ranked junior Sackett Chesnik (28-2) lost to No. 2 ranked Tannen Kennedy (28-4) of Meeker by a 4-3 decision in the championship match.

At 170, Anthony Felice (18-5) lost in the championship match, by fall, to No. 1 ranked Jace Logan (21-1) of Soroco.

At 182, senior Jaden Miller lost to Palisade's top wrestler, Terrance Williams.

Sophomore heavyweight Levi Peterson (19-7) won bronze on a 38-second fall over Hunter Deltonto of Montrose.

Freshman Reagan Todd was 4-1 for the day. Todd was seeded 11th and placed fourth on a 7-1 loss to Logan Righter (14-4) of Montrose. At 160, Jesse Burns (20-13) scored 40 match points in battling his way to the third-place match. Due to the rule limiting wrestlers to five matches in a single day, he was unable to wrestle for third place, and finished fourth.

Freshman Anthony Miller (17-8) was 3-2 for the day, placing fifth on a 12-2 win over Mancos.

Photo by Tamie Meck Clay Campbell pins David Schipmann in the 145-pound championship match Saturday at the Screaming Eagle tournament. The only wrestler to win all of his matches by pin, Campbell was voted outstanding wrestler for the tournament.
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