By Wayne Crick

Sports editor

There has been a flurry of activity in all Season B sporting events with the end of the season rapidly approaching. Wrestling teams in Delta County were busy with nearly 20 dual matches taking place this past week alone.

Cedaredge High School competed in six duals this past week and were winners in five of them, beginning with the Centauri Quad on Friday, Feb. 19. The Bruins wrestled No. 7 Rocky Ford and beat them 51-24, then took on No. 8 Crowley County and came away with a 63-11 win before losing to No. 2 Centauri, 42-36. Individual results for those duals were not available.

The Bruins were in Fruita for part of the Warrior Duals on Saturday and won all three of their matches against Durango, 48-24, Eagle Valley, 57-18, and finished with a 52-21 decision over host Fruita High School. Those individual results are available in today’s edition of the DCI in a Wrestling Scoreboard.

Delta High School is finally getting most of its wrestling team healthy with most of its weights having a live body competing for team points. The Panthers began their week in Hotchkiss for triangular action originally scheduled to take place at Paonia High School. Delta won a squeaker over host Hotchkiss, 43-42, on criteria points after the match finished regulation bouts tied at 42-all. The Panthers won the match on a point awarded for having fewer forfeits. Delta then faced Paonia and by the scoreboard’s count had lost the match. A post-match recount of points awarded during the contest revealed Delta had won the dual by a 40-39 decision. The Panthers final match of the week was with Olathe at the Central Quad meet on Saturday. Delta won the match 66-18. Delta’s individual results are found in today’s Wrestling Scoreboard.

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs were also busy this past week with Thursday’s duals against Delta, a 43-42 loss, and Paonia with a 48-30 loss. On Friday, the Bulldogs were in Meeker for quad competition where they suffered a 54-16 loss to the Cowboys. In other wrestling actions in Meeker, Hotchkiss defeated Basalt 24-6 and slipped past Glenwood Springs, 18-12, before losing to Steamboat Springs, 36-33. Hotchkiss’ match results are in today’s (Feb. 24) edition of the Delta County Independent (Wrestling Scoreboard).

Paonia’s week in wrestling featured some difficult matches with four teams. The Eagles began their week against Delta on Feb. 18 and lost the dual on a recount, 40-39. Later in the evening, Paonia picked up six forfeit wins against Hotchkiss to score a 48-30 win.

In Friday’s triangular in Palisade the Eagles lost to 4A Durango, 47-24, and Palisade, 50-15.

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