While Paonia is favored to win over rival Hotchkiss, there should be some interesting matches when the two teams dual this Thursday at Hotchkiss High School.
In the 106 weight class, Paonia freshman Josh Altman is currently 10-7 and will face senior Vikash Hypio, who placed first at Saturday's Eagle Valley tournament and is ranked third in state 3A competition.
Altman is ranked sixth in 2A competition, and first in the Western Slope region. The two met once this season, with Hypio posting a 7-5 win.
At 138, Paonia's Adrian Lopez (12-7) and Dylan Hill of Hotchkiss will likely face off for the first time this season. Both are seniors, and both placed second at their respective tournaments last weekend.
Paonia 220 pounder Myles Cumpston, who is 13-2 after winning last week at Montrose, is likely to face Conner Beard. Beard, who qualified for state as a freshman at 189, sat out most of last season following an injury, and returned for his first tournament last Saturday at Eagle Valley to place second.
Look for competitive matches in most weight classes, as well as some tough competition at the junior varsity level.
Varsity matches begin at 6 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus