Regional wrestling in Delta Feb. 9-10

By Tamie Meck

For the first time in recent history, the Class 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament will be held in Delta County.

On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, 15 teams and more than 100 wrestlers will compete at Delta High School for a berth at the Colorado High School Activities Association's 82nd annual State Wrestling Tournament, to be held Feb. 15-17 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

The tournament is hosted by Hotchkiss High School. Hotchkiss, Cedaredge and Paonia will all compete in the tournament.

The top four wrestlers in each weight division advance to the state tournament.

Preliminary round wrestling matches begin at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by quarterfinal and first and second round consolation bracket matches.

On Saturday, championship semifinal and consolation quarterfinal rounds begin at 9 a.m., followed by the consolation semifinal round. After a lunch break, third/fourth and fifth/sixth place matches will be wrestled concurrently. Championship matches and awards will begin at approximately 2 p.m., followed immediately by wrestle-back matches.

CHSAA and CHSCA passes only will be honored. Friday's admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for ages 5 and under. Saturday admission is $15, $12 for students, and free for ages 5 and under. Full tournament wristbands are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for ages 5 and under.

Hotchkiss High School will manage concessions during all sessions, and T-shirts and full programs will be available for purchase at the main doors. Those wishing to advertise in the program can contact Sundee at 970-712-7129. All advertising must be received by Monday, Jan. 29.

Delta High School wrestlers will compete Feb. 9-10 in the 14-team 3A Region 1 tournament at Alamosa High School.