Paonia High School had success in the upper weights of last week's CHSAA 2A Region 1 tournament in Montrose. The Eagles took first place in the 160-pound weight division with senior Grey Neal, 195-pound division with junior Anthony Miller and in the 220-pound division with senior Austyn Norris.
Neal, 42-4, began his tournament with a quick fall (0:37) over West Grand's Chris Wellington in the first round and moved on in the second round with another fall (1:20) over Cedaredge's Jory Hoerr. Neal won by major decision (9-0) over Mancos' Chase Moore in the semifinal round. Neal's opponent in the finals, Tytus Coombs of Rangely, had a relatively easy time reaching the finals as well, but was no match for the talented Neal in a fall (1:18) for the 160-pound title.
Miller, 37-7, scored a quick fall (0:44) over Rangely's Del Garner in the first round of the 195-pound division. Miller then dispatched Cedaredge's David Lopez, 7-0, in the second round to the finals against Meeker's Ridge Williams (29-10). The title match was as close as could be anticipated with with Miller holding on for a 1-0 decision for the gold.
Norris, 24-20, began his journey to the finals in the 220-pound weight division from the top of the bracket with a bye. Norris pinned Hotchkiss' Dakota Shelden in the quarterfinal round and decisioned Cordell Garriott, 4-3, in the semifinals to reach the finals against Dolores' Bryan Escarcega. Norris was declared the winner when Escarcega was injured at 4:08 of the title match.
Junior Reagan Todd, 28-14, finished third at 138 pounds with a fall (3:55) over his West Grand opponent. Senior teammate Zeb Etter, 35-9, also finished third at 152 with a fall (1:00) over his Ignacio opponent.
Freshman Ace Connolly, 22-23, lost a 5-0 decision in his third-place match in the 113-pound weight division. Freshman Trey Bejarano, 9-12, finished fifth at 120; freshman Logan Farnsworth, 5-14, was fifth at 126, and senior Shane Odom was fifth in the 170-pound weight division.
Sophomore Trenton Gaston, 5-17, finished sixth in the 182-pound division.