Competition at the middle school Rocky Mountain Nationals is achieved only after rigorous effort and committment. There are 21 weight classifications in the middle school competition, beginning at 70 pounds and progressing to the heavyweight division. Five pounds separates the next weight from 70 pounds through 145. The spread from 145 to the next weight is seven pounds (152) with eight pounds added to make the 160-pound class. Add another 11 pounds for the next division (171) and add 27 pounds to that for the 198-pound classification. Heavyweights are from 198 to 275 (max).
A highly successful middle school wrestler from Cedaredge had the honor of participating in the RMN two weeks ago in Denver.
Trey Geyer wrestled at 110 pounds for his Cedaredge Middle School team this past season and was part of a Bruins squad which qualified, through regional competition, to wrestle in the RMN. Geyer was the best wrestler in the 110-pound classification in this year's competition at the state meet and his team finished seventh overall in the field of 48. Jason Robidoux coached the regional team.
Geyer's father, Darren, noted competition began for Trey with a first round bye. To win his division, Trey had to wrestle five straight matches.
As a seventh grader, the younger Geyer did not wrestle with his middle school teammates. His main focus was on national events with a schedule involving huge tournaments. He was ranked in the top 10 at his weight and had a top win in the New Mexico Showdown where 24 states competed for titles. A second-place finish in Wyoming included 20 states vying for top spots.
In his eighth grade year Geyer opted to wrestle with his middle school teammates where he compiled a remarkable record of 51-5.
Geyer began his wrestling story at the age of four with his father providing guidance. His growth has been enhanced by several coaches through the years.
This summer's agenda will include competition on a traveling squad from Grand Junction.
Other area wrestling programs, including Hotchkiss and Delta, are sending sets of wrestlers to national events as well.
All schools in Colorado are eligible to compete at the RMN. Nationally known Ed Gutierrez organizes competitions from coast to coast. Colorado, and other states, are broken into regions. Colorado has six regions and the top eight teams in each region advance to Denver for RMN competition.
There were several other wrestlers from the area who placed high in this year's competition. Fourth place finishes went to Cedaredge's Derek Sanchez (heavyweight) and Lane Hunsberger (70 pounds) with Hotchkiss' Tracer Hall, whom Geyer worked out with, placing fourth as well. Delta's Tim Horn finished fifth at this year's RMN and Adrian Nieto, who is from Olathe, wrestled with Cedaredge helping them win regionals, and was in the brackets for a seventh/eighth place finish.
Geyer knows how important coaching has been for him and thanks his father, Mike Smith, Chris Nieto and all the Cedaredge coaches who have helped him along the way.
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