Cedaredge sent 10 wrestlers to the state tournament and came home with three medals. The Bruins scored 58 point to place eighth out of 48 teams.
At 120 pounds, Sean Dale was the highest placer for Cedaredge. The freshman pinned senior No. 1 seed Richard Martinez of Mancos to advance to the third-place round. Martinez was also the Western Slope regional champion.
Dale also pinned a junior from Rye in 45 seconds. In his final match, Dale lost by a major decision to a 23-4 senior from Dolores. "At the end I was trying to go big so I was trying anything and everything," said Dale. "The big picture," he said, "is that I came in my freshman year to beat some tough kids. And I came out with a fourth-place medal."
When encouraging young wrestlers, head coach Cutter Garrison said he points to Dale as an example of how it's done. "He's a talented freshman," said Garrison. "He bleeds blue." During summer workouts he's usually the only freshman there. "He believes in himself, and he's worked his butt off."
In looking at the next three years, "All I know is that I need to put in a lot of hard work to be where I want to be," said Dale. Even though he's been in big tournaments before, and he was at the Pepsi Center last year as a spectator, being at his first high school state tournament "was definitely intimidating, there's no getting around that," said Dale.
At 195 pounds, senior Tre' Labossiere finished in fifth place and with a 36-5 record. He is a two-time state placer for Cedaredge.
Junior Jered Hulteen finished sixth in the 152-pound division. All four semifinalists at that weight were Western Slope wrestlers, noted Garrison. In semifinals Hulteen lost to regional champion and No. 1 seed, Jace Logan of Soroco. "That shows you how strong our league is," said Garrison.
At 160, senior Zach Anderson opened with a loss to the third-seed from Wray. In consolation quarterfinals he lost to Fowler. "He's in a tough weight class," said Garrison. "It was loaded, loaded. We knew that coming in."
Freshman Ryan Imhoff and junior David Schippman both found one win at the tournament. At 170, senior Brandon O'Hern was one round away from placing, winning two matches and scoring seven points. Junior Colton Hoerr won one match. Junior 126-pounder and senior heavyweight Tory Wilson was also a state qualifier.