Paonia wins Montrose meet

By Wayne Crick

Paonia wins Montrose meet | Wrestling, PHS, CHS

Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge's Alex McCracken (top) works to gain control over Paonia's Eli Etter during a 126-pound semifinal bout at last weekend's Indian Invitational in Montrose. McCracken won the match and advanced to the finals against Olathe'

Paonia's wrestling week began with a 53-22 victory in Olathe on Jan. 5. There were six forfeits in the match and 11 pins expediting the conclusion of this match.

The Eagles also competed in the 15-team Montrose Indian Invitational on Saturday. Paonia was the top performing team in the tournament and scored 179.5 points to capture the team title. Cedaredge placed second with 172.5 points.

Paonia 53, Olathe 22

The Eagles won nine of 13 matches on their way to the big win.

Beginning with the 106-pound match, the Eagles' Zeb Etter pinned Sergio Gonzales for a 6-0 lead. Dillon Coe (113) and Gabe Ferguson (120) took forfeit wins for an 18-0 lead heading to the 126-pound bout.

Olathe's Andrew Godfrey stopped the scoring run by the Eagles with his pin over Eli Etter at 126.

Clay Yarnell scored a major decision (9-1) over Grey Neal at 138 to score four points.

Sackett Chesnik picked up five points for his technical fall (15-0) over Olathe's Brent Gray.

Clay Campbell added a pinfall over Teagon Harris at 145 to give the Eagles a 29-10 lead through the lower weights.

The Pirates scored their final 12 points with pins at 152, Keenan Mansker over Jesse Burns, and Caleb Jolley over Carlos Lozano at 160.

Paonia received forfeits at 170, 182 and 220. There was a double-forfeit at 195 and Cyrus Malek-Madani finished with a pin over Daniel Alejandro at 285.

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Paonia only had two first-place finishes at last weekend's Indian Invitational. The five second-place finishes went a long way toward building points toward a team title.

First place finishes were earned by Chesnik (18-4) at 138 and Trevor Smith (16-1) at 220. Chesnik's win over David Schipmann of Cedaredge was a pinfall at 2:30 and Smith had Palisade's Wesley Buford on his back for a pin at 1:37.

Ferguson (12-4) was second at 120 after falling to Cedaredge's Sean Dale (13-4) in the title match.

Berthoud's Austyn Binkley won by major decision over Paonia's Grey Neal (11-5) at 132 in the title match and Campbell (16-5) suffered an agonizing 1-0 loss to Palisade's Austin Bernal in the 145-pound championship match.

Paonia's Jaden Miller (16-5) reached the title match against Palisade's Terrance Williams where he was outpointed 15-0 to lose by technical fall. Malek-Madani (2-1) faced Montrose's Sam Distel in the finals and was pinned by the Indian's wrestler to finish second.

At 126, Eli Etter (12-8) got a pin at 1:23 to earn third place points for the Eagles. Zeb Etter (7-9) was fourth at 106 and Anthony Felice (9-6) lost to Palisade's Isaac Maestas to finish fourth at 170.

The Eagles are back on the mat in Cedaredge Jan. 12 for a 5 p.m. start against the Bruins.