All four Delta County high school wrestling teams fared well in last weekend’s Maverick Duals hosted by Colorado Mesa University. Cedaredge capped its Saturday at the annual competition with five wins (see related story on Cedaredge wrestling team by Kirby Henderson). Delta High School finished Saturday’s competition with a 3-2 record along with Paonia High School while Hotchkiss High School ended the weekend at 2-3

Delta Panthers

Delta’s experience in Saturday’s competition was a pleasant surprise for coach Clayton Curtis. “The first weekend of wrestling at CMU is in the books!” he said. “Our kids wrestled tough, considering most of these guys had five practices coming off their football championship appearance.”

The Panthers defeated Grand Valley 36-31, Coal Ridge 58-18 and Ignacio 64-0. Losses were to Bayfield, 47-35, and Durango, 42-36.

Curtis passed along his congratulations to Gauge Lockhart, Benjamin Koch and Nicole Koch for going undefeated in five matches. Timmy Horn and Eli Miramontes also drew praise from Curtis for their four wins and one loss performances.

Delta’s next mat appearance will be on Saturday, Dec. 14, for the annual Delta Invitational beginning at 9 a.m.

Hotchkiss Bulldogs

Hotchkiss, under new coach Duff Seaney, finished the weekend with a 2-3 record with losses to Montrose, 39-36, Grand Junction (ranked second in 5A), 54-22, and Durango 40-36. The Bulldogs defeated Rifle 33-24 and Battle Mountain 54-6.

Seaney noted his Bulldogs gave up 24 points in forfeits in every dual, except Grand Junction where they gave away 30. Hotchkiss had two undefeated wrestlers on Saturday with Traycer Hall (152) and JD Miller (145) winning all five of their matches. Jace Peebles (182) and Ethan Guy (160) were 4-1 with Robert Cochran (126), Christian Matus (285) and Justin Mattison (170) finishing at 3-2. Harrison Jackson (138) was 2-2 and Anthony Scanlon (113) and Sam Ware (220) were 1-4.

“I thought we competed really well against teams in 3A, 4A and 5A,” said Seaney. “I usually look at the score in terms of matches actually wrestled and under that scenario we were 4-1 with our only loss to Grand Junction, 24-22. Our focus is on getting better and hopefully filling some of our empty weights as the season progresses. This was a good start for us, and we have a tough schedule ahead of us as we dual Moffat County (Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.) and then travel to Delta Saturday for their invitational.”

The Bulldogs will take part in the Delta Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Paonia Eagles

Paonia’s 3-2 day last Saturday included wins over Durango, 43-36, Rangely, 66-4, and Rifle, 72-6. Grand Junction, the only other team on Saturday to go undefeated, scored a 50-30 win, and Central posted a 41-36 decision over the Eagles.

The Eagles finished the day with undefeated wrestlers Grey Neal, Levi Peterson, Zeb Etter and Anthony Miller with Regan Todd going 4-1.

Paonia will have a busy schedule this week with matches at home against Montrose (7 p.m. Dec. 12) and Palisade (7 p.m. Dec. 13) before traveling to Delta for the Delta Invitational on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

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