Hotchkiss High School's wrestling program had a busy schedule this past week beginning with a dual at home with Gunnison High School on Jan. 30. The Bulldogs won that matchup by a 39-21 score but didn't have time to do much celebrating, with a trip to the San Luis Valley featuring competition in the Kortney Lake Duals in Center on Friday with the Bulldogs losing dual matches to Crowley County, 51-24, and John Mall, 48-28. On Feb. 1, the Bulldogs took part in the annual Valley Classic Tournament featuring 25 teams. Hotchkiss scored 85 points in the tournament and placed eighth.
Against Gunnison on Jan. 30, the Bulldogs won seven bouts, six by pin, to win the dual. Winners for the Bulldogs included Robert Cochran, by forfeit, at 120 pounds, Traycer Hall, by fall, at 152, Ethan Guy, by fall, at 160l, Justin Mattison, by fall, at 170, Jace Peebles, by 11-9 decision, at 182, Dakota Shelden, by fall, at 220 and Christian Matus, by fall, at 285.
Competition on Friday against Crowley County resulted in four Hotchkiss Bulldogs winning matches. Hotchkiss' 24 points came on wins by Hall, by fall, at 152, Mattison, by fall, at 182, Matus, by forfeit, at 285 and a pin from Anthony Scanlon at 106.
The Bulldogs had five wrestlers win their weight divisions against John Mall on Friday. In the first contest of the competition, Hall won by major decision, 16-3, to earn four points for the Bulldogs. Hotchkiss' next four winners won by pin, including Guy at 160, Mattison at 182, Matus at 285 and Scanlon at 106.
Saturday's tournament competition was keen with just four Bulldogs reaching the podium, including Cochran who place fourth after forfeiting in the third place match; Hall who also forfeited in his third place match to finish fourth; Mattison with a win by fall to win the fifth place bout and Matus who pinned his opponent to place third at 285.
Hotchkiss continues on in the month of February with a final tuneup in the Norwood Tournament this Saturday, Feb. 8, before regional wrestling competition in Montrose Feb. 14 and 15. State wrestling dates are set for Feb. 20-22 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.